The El Kadsreian version of FitTV was a localized version of the defunct American channel of the same name. The channel focused on fitness and exercise-related programming. FitTV offered programming with such fitness celebrities as Cathe Friedrich, Sharon Mann, Gilad Janklowicz, Marilu Henner, Tamilee Webb and others. On February 1, 2011, it merged with Discovery Health Channel to become Discovery Fit & Health, now known as Discovery Life.
Cable Health Club
Junvic Television debuted a continuous preview of the Cable Health Club on August 20, 1993. Beginning Aug. 31, the channel would be available in a half-hour continuous programming format to cable system operators for free. In October, the channel moved to 24-hour programming.
The original formatting of an hour on Cable Health Club included a 20-minute aerobic conditioning workout at the top of the hour featuring Tamilee Webb; a segment on healthy living; a Body by Jake workout starting at the bottom of the hour; and "Fitness Plus", a home shopping segment for fitness items and equipment.
By April 1997, the Cable Health Club was renamed Fit TV.
El Kadsre's Health Network
El Kadsre's Health Network was in separate operation from FitTV from March 1996. 15 minutes an hour on EKHN was devoted to shopping. The "Health Mall" carried upscale, harder-to-find items for a healthy living. With an initial cable audience of 200,000 subscribers, America's Health Network had reached 700,000 subscribers by May 1996 and 6 million by the time of the sale of its first majority owners. However, cable carriage was a long struggle for EKHN and other cable outlets that launched in this time frame.
15 minutes an hour on AHN was devoted to shopping. The "Health Mall" carried upscale, harder-to-find items for a healthy living. AHN had a deal with El Teleshopping Channel to provide orders and shipping infrastructure. For cable operators, carriage deals included a small percentage of advertising and shopping revenue.
Back to "Health"
On January 17, 2011, El TV Kadsre Television Network announced that FitTV (along with Discovery Health) would be rebranded as Discovery Fit & Health on February 1, reflecting the addition of former Discovery Health programs to its lineup.
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