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Ion Life
LaunchedFebruary 19, 2007 (2007-02-19)
Owned byIon Media
Picture format480i (SDTV)
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNationwide (via OTA digital TV)
(U.S.coverage: 63%)[1]
HeadquartersWest Palm Beach, Florida
Sister channel(s)Ion Television
Affiliated with Ion Television owned-and-operated and affiliated stations in most marketsSee list of affiliates
(channel carriage varies depending on the station, although the network is usually carried as a third digital subchannel)
Dish NetworkChannel 1000
National feed available on select U.S. cable systemsConsult your local cable provider or program listings source for channel availability
AT&T U-verseChannel 468
Verizon FiOSChannel 492

Ion Life is an American digital broadcast television network that is owned by Ion Media.

Originally from its February 2007 launch, Ion Life had primarily featured lifestyle programming, consisting of shows pertaining to subjects such as health and wellness, cooking, home decor and travel. In 2019 with expanded cable carriage, Ion Media switched the network's schedule to match the main format of Ion Television, featuring day-long marathons of one series per day, along with a late-night block of paid programming.

Ion Life is carried mainly as a digital multicast service on Ion Media Networks-owned stations as well as select Ion Television affiliates (and is primarily placed on the third subchannel); its base national feed is also available on select cable and satellite providers. In a few select markets, Ion Life has main channel placement, allowing it must-carry coverage on local cable and satellite services.

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Carl... Carl! Dude what the hell man Be careful be careful! (Yells) What the hell is this Man The floor is lava Really? Let's go! Alright, Just pass me my phone? Where is it? On the dresser! Calm Down Bret! Oh what up son. Oh my god. Bret! I can't climb that Alright Guys, help me out i can't Get across. there is no time. Come on Brett. You're Leaving me? If you came to Zumba more often you wouldn't be such dead weight Dead weight? I literally saved your life! You'd be sleeping in lava if It wasn't for me! Dude I'd rather be sleeping in lava than spending time with you. Move out? Why don't you just move out? Move out?! - Woah! - This is my place, you move out! Come on back here! *Squabbling* Guys. Guys! Listen I get it... We're all scared Okay, and the only way we're gonna get through this Is as friends together What do you say? Hip-Hip. Hooray... Come on guys... Hip-Hip. Hooray. Roommates through and through! - That's right Guys! - Roommates! Hip hip *sounds of failure* *Screams of the death* Bret! Carl! Carl! We need to get to the attic! - Let me hand yeah? - I got you bro. Thank you son... You got it man... All right okay. your next. give your hand. okay i'm gonna swing up. i got you I'm not gonna make it! I got you! Carl I'm Sorry! I'm sorry for being a bad roommate. Lets do this later. You're amazing Man an incredible roommate even if you never clean The bathroom oh? Anyways It's Been Nice Knowing you. I hope you find a better roommate. Its three in the morning and i have to be up a seven! SEVEN! Just Like Living with a Bunch of Kids Good night Brett. Good night Casey. Night Casey NO!



The network launched on February 19, 2007, focusing on generalized health and lifestyle programming.[2] Ion Media Networks originally planned to name the network "iHealth", a derivation of the then-name of its flagship network i: Independent Television, which was subsequently rebranded as Ion Television in September of that year.[3][4]

On January 14, 2008, as part of a carriage agreement that allowed the provider to continue to carry Ion Television, Ion Media Networks reached an agreement with Comcast to carry both Ion Life and its children's-targeted network Qubo on its systems.[5][6] Subsequently, in May 2010, Ion Media signed carriage agreements with Advanced Cable Communications and Comcast's system in Colorado Springs, Colorado to add Ion Life to digital tiers in several markets.[7]

Even though Ion Life's parent network Ion Television overhauled its logo as part of an extensive rebranding on September 8, 2008, Ion Life retained its existing logo – a green variant of the logo Ion Television used from 2007 to 2008 – and graphics package, the latter of which remained in use until 2011. In February 2010, the network added theatrically released feature films to its schedule, usually airing from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time (the airtimes vary, sometimes starting earlier or ending later depending on the length and number of the films) on Monday through Friday evenings. By 2012, the number of films featured on the network had decreased, with more lifestyle-oriented programming being added to its prime time schedule; films returned to the lineup full-time the following year.

On March 27, 2017, Ion Life's logo was made over to match Ion Television's logo.

Throughout 2017 and 2018, Ion Media has begun to purchase several stations which have become channel sharing partners with their stations after the 2016 FCC spectrum auction, specifically to exploit those stations' existing must-carry pay TV coverage to allow the addition of Ion Life to cable and satellite systems, which has been refused in the past as a digital subchannel (Ion's main channel is traditionally the only channel seen on those systems). Many of these stations were formerly owned-and-operated stations associated with the Trinity Broadcasting Network, which has begun a slow withdrawal from over-the-air broadcasting in non-critical markets.


From 2007 to 2019 Ion Life primarily aired cooking, home decor, and DIY programming (with an occasional movie mixed in).

In 2019, Ion Life switched to a format of airing day-long marathons of hour-long drama programs as a compliment to sister network Ion Television. Programs airing under this new format include The Listener, Saving Hope, Rookie Blue, and White Collar.[8]


As of November 2015, Ion Life has current and pending affiliation agreements with 65 television stations encompassing 34 states and the District of Columbia.[9] The network has an estimated national reach of 58.29% of all households in the United States (or 182,130,362 Americans with at least one television set). Like parent network Ion Television, the network's stations almost exclusively consist of network-owned stations. Ion Life's programming is available by default via a national feed that is distributed directly to select cable and satellite providers in markets without a local Ion Television station that carries the network.

Ion Life does not have any over-the-air stations in several major markets, most notably Baltimore, Maryland; Toledo, Ohio; San Diego, California; Charlotte, North Carolina; Richmond, Virginia; Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Cincinnati, Ohio. A key factor in the network's limited national broadcast coverage is the fact that Ion Media Networks does not actively seek over-the-air distribution for the network on the digital subchannels of other network-affiliated stations (in contrast, its parent network Ion Television – which had similarly limited national coverage following the digital television transition – has begun subchannel-only affiliation arrangements through agreements with NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations' Telemundo Station Group subsidiary and Media General during 2014 and 2015[10]), with very few stations that contractually carry the network's programming (with limited exceptions in markets and Anchorage, Alaska). As a result, Ion Media Networks owns the vast majority of the stations within Ion Life's affiliate body.


  1. ^ Buckman, Adam (July 26, 2016). "Diginets Keep Growing, Despite Auction Cloud". TVNewsCheck. NewsCheck Media. Retrieved November 7, 2016.
  2. ^ "Ion Launches 24-Hour Diginet Ion Life". TVNewsCheck. NewsCheck Media. February 19, 2007. Retrieved November 13, 2012.
  3. ^ "ION MEDIA NETWORKS TO LAUNCH NEW DIGITAL HEALTH NETWORK". Ion Media Networks (Press release). May 31, 2006.
  4. ^ "ION UNVEILS SECOND DIGINET: I-HEALTH". TVNewsCheck. NewsCheck Media. May 31, 2006. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
  5. ^ "Ion Media Networks and Comcast Announce Affiliation Agreement for Channel Suite". Yahoo! (Press release). January 14, 2008.
  6. ^ Mike Reynolds (January 14, 2008). "ION Media Plugs In New Comcast Accord". Multichannel News. Reed Business Information.
  7. ^ "ION Media Networks Inks Multi-Affiliate Deals for Diginets". Telecommunications Weekly. May 26, 2010. Archived from the original on June 11, 2014. Retrieved February 22, 2014 – via HighBeam Research.
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  9. ^ "Stations for Network - Ion Life". RabbitEars. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  10. ^ Gary Dinges (November 14, 2015). "New broadcast TV network hits Austin's airwaves". Austin American-Statesman. Cox Enterprises. Retrieved November 18, 2015.

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