E! (Europe)

Launched 2 December 2002
Network Universal Networks International
Owned by E! Entertainment Europe (NBCUniversal)
Picture format 576i (16:9, SD)
1080i (HD)
Audience share UK:
0.01% (+1) (September 2015 (2015-09), BARB)
Slogan Pop of Culture
Broadcast area Europe
Headquarters Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sister channel(s) 13th Street Universal
CNBC Europe
Syfy Universal
Style Network
Golf Channel
Website http://www.eonline.com
(UK & Ireland)
Channel 151 (SD/HD)
Channel 229 (+1)
Channel 239 (SD)
Channel 129
Channel 48
Cyfrowy Polsat
Channel 32
Channel 210
Channel 112
Channel 68
Channel 107 (HD)
(Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Macedonia)
Channel 17 (Serbia)
Channel 75
Tring Digital
Channel 30
Channel 144
Virgin Media
Channel 147
Virgin Media
(United Kingdom)
Channel 156
Channel 126 (HD)
UPC Austria Channel 148
UPC Romania Channel 54
Channel 33
UPC Poland Channel 124
SBB Serbia Channel 311
Viasat Denmark Channel 37
Vodafone Casa TV
Channel 102
A1 Kabel TV
Channel 519
Channel 102 (SD)
Channel 101 (HD)
(United Kingdom)
Channel 321
Channel 386 (HD)
TalkTalk TV
(United Kingdom)
Channel 321
(United Kingdom)
Channel 321
Streaming media
Virgin TV Anywhere Watch live (UK only)

E! is a European television channel, operated by E! Entertainment Europe B.V. and owned by NBCUniversal. It features entertainment-related programming, reality television and Hollywood gossip and news. E! currently has an audience reach of 600 million homes internationally.


E! Entertainment Television was founded by Larry Namer and Alan Mruvka in the United States.[1][2]

The network launched on 31 July 1987 as Movietime, a service that aired movie trailers, entertainment news, event and awards coverage, and interviews as an early example of a national barker channel.[3] Three years later, in June 1990, Movietime was renamed E! Entertainment Television to emphasise its widening coverage of the celebrity-industrial complex, contemporary film, television and music, daily Hollywood gossip, and fashion.

Main article: E! § History

In the Fall of 1999, Zone Vision launched E! Entertainment in Poland, under a licensing agreement on the Polish digital platform Wizja TV, with Zone's Studio Company providing localized content. [4] The channel was shut down by 2002. In 2002 E! launched in Europe with its headquarters situated in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. One of the first countries E! broadcast in was Germany, where it telecast daily.[5][6][7]

At the end of 2011 E! Europe launched in HD in Eastern Europe.[8] The UK and Ireland followed on 8 October 2012.[9]

E! in Europe has localised versions of the same channel including the UK, Ireland, Benelux, France, Poland, Italy and Russia. The channels share similar content but with localised advertising and dubbing and/or subtitling.[10] These channels are licensed by Ofcom.


See also


  1. Slide, Anthony (1991). The television industry: a historical dictionary (illustrated ed.). Greenwood Press. p. 94. ISBN 9780313256349.
  2. Dougherty, Philip H. (30 July 1987). "Advertising; Promoting Movies Via Cable". New York Times. Retrieved 24 June 2009.
  3. Gerard, Jeremy (3 June 1990). "TELEVISION; Fledgling Cable Networks Are Poised for Flight". The New York Times.
  4. http://www.thefreelibrary.com/@Entertainment+Adds+E!+to+The+Wizja+TV+Programming+Platform+Number+of...-a054335858
  5. Alan Jay (2 December 2002). "E! Entertainment launches on Sky". Digital Spy.
  6. "E Entertainment UK Limited". Duedil. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  7. "E! Entertainment Europe B.V.". Company.info. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
  8. "E! Eastern Europe HD Change Log". KingofSat.net. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
  9. "E! HD Launches on SKY". Digital Spy. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
  10. Ofcom | Television Broadcast Licensing Update November 2012

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