A&E TV Networks, LLC, making business as A+E Networks, is an American television company that is a co-Investment between Hearst Communications and Disney–ABC Television Group, a part of The Walt Disney Company. The company holds several non-fiction and entertainment-based television brands, including its namesake A&E, History, Lifetime, FYI, and their associated sister channels, and owns stakes in or licenses their international branches.
A&E was created from the merger of the Alpha Repertory TV Service and the Entertainment Channel, a premium cable channel, in 1984 with their respective masters keeping stakes in the new corporation. Thus A&E’s shareholders were Hearst and ABC and Radio City Music Hall and RCA, then the mother of NBC. The company started the Arts & Entertainment Network, a cultural cable channel, on February 1, 1984.