This results in the appearance of black bars on the top and bottom of the screen on 4:3 aspect ratio televisions; its high-definition channel displays the channel's programming in its native aspect ratio.HGTV's current programming focuses primarily on home-buying, renovation, and reality shows following the business of house flipping.
During its development, the channel was originally named the Home, Lawn, and Garden Channel.
The name was later shortened and a logo was developed.
SNI CEO Ken Lowe stated of the programming strategy that "We're not going to surprise you. It's not easy to create content that people are passionate about and somewhat addicted to that is somewhat repetitive." As of 2016, HGTV has invested at least $400 million annually on original programming.
The 1080i high definition simulcast feed of HGTV launched on March 31, 2008.
The Canadian version features much of the same programming as the U. channel, along with domestically-produced programs—some of which have also been picked up by the U. On 27 June 2016, HGTV launched in New Zealand as a free-to-air channel on the Freeview terrestrial platform.
On 24 August 2016, HGTV launched on the Freeview satellite platform and on Sky.
On 1 July 2016, HGTV launched in Indonesia on Indovision.
Scripps Network Interactive has purchased a majority stake in TVN from Grupa ITI, taking control of company's channels.
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