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|Launched||February 19, 2007|
|Owned by||Ion Media Networks|
|Picture format||480i (SD)|
|Slogan||Programming for Active Lifestyles
The Network for the Best Possible You
Dedicated To Life in the Way You Choose To Live In
|Broadcast area||Nationwide via OTA digital television
(covering 65% of the U.S.)1
|Headquarters||West Palm Beach, Florida|
|Sister channel(s)||Ion Television, Qubo|
|Dish Network||Channel 1000|
|Available on select U.S. cable systems||Check local listings for channels|
|Sky Angel||Channel 316|
|AT&T U-verse||Channel 468|
|Verizon FiOS||Channel 492|
|Sprint MO-Mers||Channel 230|
Ion Life is a digital broadcast television network that is owned by Ion Media Networks and is carried as a digital subchannel on Ion Television's owned-and-operated stations and affiliates (primarily being carried on the third subchannel of these stations), as well as being carried by some pay-TV providers as a cable and satellite channel. The network primarily features lifestyle programming (with shows pertaining to health and wellness, cooking, home decor and travel, among other subjects), though it also broadcasts theatrically released feature films and some programs played on Ion Television during the evening hours on weeknights.
Originally going to be named "iHealth" prior to its parent network's rebranding as Ion Television (the original working title for Ion Life was derived from Ion's former name of "i: Independent Television"),2 Ion Life first launched on February 19, 2007.3
In 2008, Ion Media Networks and Comcast reached an agreement to not only continue to carry Ion, but also to launch two new digital networks Qubo and Ion Life.45 Ion signed Ion Life carriage agreements in May 2010 with Advanced Cable Communications and Comcast Colorado Springs.6
Even though Ion Life's parent network Ion Television had re-branded itself on September 8, 2008, Ion Life retained its present logo (which is a green version of the 2007-2008 Ion Television logo) and graphics package. Starting in February 2010, movies were added to Ion Life's schedule, usually airing from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Monday through Friday evenings (sometimes starting earlier or ending later depending on the length of the films). By 2012, the number of films featured on the network had decreased, and more lifestyle-oriented programming has been broadcast during prime time hours.
- "The Top 25 Digital Broadcast Networks". TVNewsCheck.com. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
- "Ion Launches 24-Hour Diginet Ion Life". TV News Check. February 19, 2007. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
- Ion Media Networks and Comcast Announce Affiliation Agreement for Channel Suite, Yahoo!, January 14, 2008
- Ion Media Plugs In New Comcast Accord, Multichannel News, January 14, 2008
- "ION Media Networks Inks Multi-Affiliate Deals for Diginets". Telecommunications Weekly. May 26, 2010. Retrieved February 22, 2014.