QVC Germany is a branch of QVC, a multinational corporation specializing in televised home shopping. It was founded in 1986 by Joseph Segel in West Chester, Pennsylvania. QVC broadcasts in four major countries to 141 million consumers.
The name is an initialism—standing for "Quality, Value, Convenience". With a market share of 50%, QVC is one of the 10 largest mail-order companies in Germany. QVC is spread over four locations: Düsseldorf in Hafen, with the administration, purchasing, and studio; Hückelhoven with the distribution center, Kassel and Bochum with the QVC call center.
The program is received in 37.5 million households in Germany and Austria via cable and satellite. In addition, QVC's product range since 2002, has been available via the Internet across Europe. In Germany, QVC began its program with a daily eight-hour live broadcast and since 1 October 2003 24 hours live.
Only from 14:00 Christmas Eve until 9:00 Christmas Day are repeats aired instead of living broadcasts. Since March 1, 2010, QVC Germany broadcast in the ratio 16:9. Since March 16, 2012, starting QVC Germany, Channel two "QVC Beauty & Style".
Starting with September 1, 2010, QVC uses the "Q Logo" which is used for few years in the United States and has an additional channel "QVC Plus".
On November 29, 2013, QVC reduced its live programming to 17 hours a day, from 7 am to midnight. 35 jobs were affected as a consequence.