|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
Downgraded to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed
|Owner||Warner Bros. Discovery and Chip and Joanna Gaines|
|Launched||September 30, 1999 (original launch; as DIY Network) |
January 5, 2022 (relaunch; as Magnolia Network)
|Former names||DIY Network (1999–2022)|
Magnolia Network is an American basic cable network owned by Warner Bros. Discovery and Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines, a married couple. It broadcasts personality-based lifestyle programs related to topics such as home construction, renovation, and cuisine.
The channel first launched on September 30, 1999 as DIY Network, a spin-off of HGTV focusing on instructional programming related to "do it yourself" (DIY) activities such as home improvement. DIY Network later focused on reality series following personalities involved in home construction, renovation, and related businesses. This format persisted with its re-launch as Magnolia Network in 2022, which is led by Chip and Joanna Gaines of the HGTV series Fixer Upper.
DIY was the second network to be launched by the E. W. Scripps Company, following the success of HGTV, with the network's first two years adapting HGTV's program library into programs for certain DIY niches as Scripps filmed new original content for the new network. The network offered a large amount of broadband content (originally project worksheets and instruction pages for printout by users, later video clips and more) to create demand for and help cable operators launch and justify their cable broadband services.
Scripps announced that DIY Network would launch in high definition on May 1, 2010, on "two prominent distributors", adding 200 new original programs by year's end. One of the "prominent distributors" turned out to be Dish Network, which launched DIY HD on May 12, 2010. DirecTV added DIY HD on September 19, 2012.
In November 2018, Chip and Joanna Gaines of the former HGTV series Fixer Upper announced on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that they were in early talks to form a "lifestyle focused media network" with Discovery Inc. via their personal company Magnolia. The duo had left HGTV shortly after the acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive by Discovery; after realizing that Fixer Upper had been one of the network's top programs, Discovery CEO David Zaslav met the Gaineses at their home in Waco, Texas to discuss a joint venture.
In April 2019, Discovery officially announced their new venture, and that its linear television component would launch some time in 2020, replacing DIY Network. HGTV president Allison Page was named president of the venture, reporting directly to Zaslav. Discovery announced on January 16, 2020 that the Magnolia Network would launch on October 4. The launch was then delayed indefinitely on April 21, as the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the ability to produce the network's launch programming. Magnolia Network went on with a four-part preview special, Magnolia Presents: A Look Back & A Look Ahead, which premiered on DIY Network to a total of 2.5 million viewers.
On August 4, 2020, it was announced that the network would launch in 2021, but that deadline was not fully met. It was also announced that a revival of Fixer Upper, Fixer Upper: Welcome Home, was also in production for Magnolia Network. Due to the delay in production, a preview of Magnolia Network programming debuted as part of the January 4, 2021 launch of the Discovery+ streaming service. A second preview special, A Look Back & A Look Ahead Vol. 2, premiered on Discovery+ on April 23 and DIY Network the next day. The Magnolia Network app and an early slate of programming on Discovery+, including Fixer Upper: Welcome Home, launched on July 15.
On January 5, 2022, DIY Network officially relaunched as Magnolia Network. Within days, one of its launch and spotlight series, Home Work, was removed from the network and Discovery+ due to allegations of substandard work, lengthy delays and egregious billing by the show's hosts, Andrew and Candis Meredith, on previous projects. The series was soon brought back to Magnolia Network after the investigation found no "ill or malicious" intents by the couple that ran the series.
In April 2022, Discovery Inc. merged with WarnerMedia to form Warner Bros. Discovery. On April 7, 2022, it was reported that after the completion of the merger, Magnolia Network's leadership would report to Casey Bloys—HBO and HBO Max's chief content officer—rather than Zaslav, nor head of U.S. Networks Kathleen Finch (who oversaw the former SNI channels as chief officer of lifestyle brands after the Discovery acquisition). On August 4, 2022, it was reported that selected Magnolia Network programs would be added to HBO Max on September 30, 2022, with Discovery+ remaining the network's main streaming home.
In the past, DIY Network's programming focused on:
Earlier shows included a variety of topics, including auto repair, jewelry design, plumbing, boating, knitting and quilting, and woodworking. DIY's renovation shows included programs that had a specific historical restoration focus, like Restored, and some shows had specific geographic focuses, like shows outlining historical restorations in Virginia  and South Carolina, for example.
The network also carried This Old House repeats until the mid-2010s, when the property moved to other outlets. As recently as late-2009, it aired some older HGTV archive programming, including the Carol Duvall Show.
As Magnolia Network, the channel carries a similar mixture of personality-based series relating to home design, construction, renovation, and landscaping, with new original programming, and programs carried over from DIY Network (including Barnwood Builders, Building Off the Grid, and returning reruns of This Old House, among others). The network's scope was also expanded to include food-oriented series, such as Family Dinner and Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines, and other series such as Extraordinary Stories Behind Everyday Things.
A Canadian version of DIY Network launched on October 19, 2009, replacing the Canadian version of Fine Living. As in the U.S., a preview of Magnolia Network programming was initially offered in Canada via Discovery+ upon its local launch in October 2021, before DIY Network Canada relaunched as Magnolia Network on March 28, 2022.