A&E (an initialism for its full name, the Arts & Entertainment Network), is an American cable and satellite television channel that serves as the flagship television property of A+E Networks, a joint venture between the Hearst Corporation and Disney–ABC Television Group subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company (both of which maintain a 50% ownership interest).
The channel originally focused programming on biographies, documentaries, and drama series (especially crime dramas and mysteries) but has later expanded to include reality television programming. As of July 2015, A&E Network is available to approximately 94,964,000 pay television households (81.6% of households with television) in the United States.
The channel is headquartered in New York City and operates offices in Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; London, United Kingdom; Los Angeles, California and Stamford, Connecticut. The U.S. version of the channel is shown in Canada while international versions exist for Australia, Latin America, and Europe.