21 Facts About ABC Entertainment


Since 2007, when ABC Entertainment Radio was sold to Citadel Broadcasting, ABC Entertainment has reduced its broadcasting operations almost exclusively to television.

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ABC Entertainment has eight owned-and-operated and more than 230 affiliated television stations throughout the United States and its territories.

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Some ABC Entertainment-affiliated stations can be seen in Canada via pay-television providers, and certain other affiliates can be received over-the-air in areas near the Canada–United States border, although most of its prime time programming is subject to simultaneous substitution regulations for pay television providers imposed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to protect rights held by domestically based networks.

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ABC Entertainment News provides news and features content for select radio stations owned by Cumulus Media, as these stations are former ABC Entertainment Radio properties.

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ABC Entertainment later joined United Paramount Theatres forming American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres .

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ABC Entertainment ultimately sold to The Walt Disney Company in 1995.

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Network's three-hour Weekend morning children's programming timeslot is programmed by syndication distributor Litton Entertainment, which produces Litton's Weekend Adventure under an arrangement in which the programming block is syndicated exclusively to ABC owned-and-operated and affiliated stations, rather than being leased out directly by the network to Litton.

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ABC Entertainment is the broadcast television rightsholder of the National Basketball Association, with its package traditionally beginning with its Christmas Day games, followed by a series of Saturday night and Sunday afternoon games through the remainder of the season, weekend playoff games, and all games of the NBA Finals.

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ABC Entertainment is the broadcast television rightsholder of the National Hockey League, with its package beginning with the NHL Thanksgiving Showdown.

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ABC Entertainment currently holds the broadcast rights to the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, American Music Awards, and the Country Music Association Awards.

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From 2000 to 2019, ABC Entertainment held the television rights to most of the Peanuts television specials, having acquired the broadcast rights from CBS, which originated the specials in 1965 with the debut of A Charlie Brown Christmas .

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ABC Entertainment is among the broadcasters of the Tournament of Roses Parade .

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ABC Entertainment owns nearly all of its in-house television and theatrical productions made from the 1970s onward, with the exception of certain co-productions .

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ABC Entertainment has been sold several times since Paramount Television acquired it in 1999, and has most recently been absorbed into CBS Television Distribution, a unit of Paramount Global.

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ABC Entertainment maintains affiliations with low-power stations in a few markets, such as Birmingham, Alabama, Lima, Ohio and South Bend, Indiana .

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All of ABC Entertainment's owned-and-operated stations and affiliates have had their own facilities and studios, but transverse entities have been created to produce national programming.

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ABC Entertainment owns several facilities in New York grouped mainly on West 66th Street, with the main set of facilities on the corner of Columbus Avenue.

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ABC Entertainment owns the Times Square Studios at 1500 Broadway, on land owned by a development fund for the 42nd Street Project.

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ABC Entertainment maintains several video-on-demand services for delayed viewing of the network's programming, including a traditional VOD service called ABC Entertainment on Demand, which is carried on most traditional cable and IPTV providers.

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ABC Entertainment logo has evolved many times since the network's creation in 1943.

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The arrival of satellite television ended the need for ABC Entertainment to hold interests in other countries; many governments wanted to increase their independence and strengthen legislation to limit foreign ownership of broadcasting properties.

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