QVC Begins Broadcasting in 1986

QVC’s first live broadcast took place at 7:30 p.m. ET on November 24, 1986, reaching 7.6 million cable television homes. The first item sold was the “Windsor Shower Companion” shower radio.

Initially broadcast live from 7:30 p.m. until midnight ET each weekday and all day on Saturdays and Sundays, QVC extended its live programming to 24 hours in January 1987.

QVC set a record for first full-year fiscal sales for a new public company of $112 million.

QVC is an acronym for “Quality, Value, Convenience”.