Aspire (TV network)
|Broadcast area||United States|
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
|Owner||Magic Johnson Enterprises|
|Launched||June 27, 2012|
|DirecTV||Channel 381 (HD)|
|Verizon FiOS||Channel 272 (SD)|
Channel 772 (HD)
|AT&T U-verse||Channel 158 (SD)|
Channel 1158 (HD)
|Comcast||Channel 120 (SD)|
|AT&T TV||OTT subscription|
As part of its arrangement to acquire a minority interest in NBCUniversal, Comcast Corporation committed to carry several minority-owned channels. The arrangement followed pressure led by Maxine Waters in congressional hearings. In April 2011, Comcast solicited proposals for minority-owned networks. In February 2012, Comcast announced distribution arrangements for four networks, including Aspire. The four announced networks and six forthcoming stations are being chosen from among an excess of 100 proposals to begin airing by 2020.
- BET – The flagship American basic cable and satellite channel of the ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks, currently owned by ViacomCBS, which launched in 1980 as the first television network devoted to programming targeting African-Americans.
- BET Her - A spinoff/sister network targeting African-American women.
- Bounce TV – an American digital multicast network owned by E. W. Scripps Company.
- TV One - a cable and satellite network targeting African-Americans, owned by Urban One.
- Cleo TV - a spinoff/sister network targeting African-American women.
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- Braxton, Greg and Meg James (February 21, 2012). "Laker legend to launch a TV network:Magic Johnson's channel, Aspire, will be carried by Comcast and focus on blacks". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
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- Guthrie, Marisa (February 21, 2012). "Comcast to Launch Networks Backed by Sean Combs, Magic Johnson and Robert Rodriguez". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 24, 2012.