The Biography Channel

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The Biography Channel
The Biography Channel.svg
Launched January 1, 1999
Owned by A+E Networks
(Hearst Corporation (50%), Disney–ABC Television Group (50%))
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Slogan True Story.
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area United States, Canada, Southeast Asia
Headquarters Newark, New Jersey, United States
Sister channel(s) A&E
Lifetime Movie Network
Lifetime Real Women
Military History
Dish Network 119 (HD/SD)
DirecTV 266 (HD/SD)
C-Band - H2H/4DTV AMC 18 - Channel 201
Available on many U.S. cable providers Check local listings for channels
Verizon FiOS 629 (HD)
129 (SD)
AT&T U-verse 1272 (HD)
272 (SD)

The Biography Channel (abbreviated bio.) is an American digital cable and satellite television channel that is owned by A+E Networks, a joint venture between the Disney-ABC Television Group division of The Walt Disney Company and the Hearst Corporation. The channel is an off-shoot of the long-running series Biography, which previously aired on sister network A&E.

As of August 2013, The Biography Channel is available to approximately 68,007,000 pay television households (59.55% of households with television) in the United States.[1]

In December 2013, A+E Networks announced that The Biography Channel will be rebranded as FYI, a contemporary lifestyle network, on July 7, 2014.[2][3][4]


Original logo used from January 1, 1999 until 2001.
Biography Channel logo used from 2001 until July 16, 2007.
The Logo for the upcoming rebranding of Bio to FYI.

The Biography Channel launched on January 1, 1999. In addition to biographical shows, the network has been airing fictional, non-biographical programming previously seen on A&E, including Murder, She Wrote and Sherlock Holmes, though this practice ended in 2007.

By August 2006, The Biography Channel became the exclusive home for the Biography series, which was also dropped by A&E. On July 16, 2007, The Biography Channel unveiled a new logo, a new tagline ("True Story") and revamped its on-air look and feel. Although the channel's new name is "Bio.", the Biography Channel name is still in use in various areas.[5]



International services[edit]

Local versions of the channel also airs in the following countries:

Local and regional versions are also seen in Israel, Italy, Germany and Latin America. The Latin American version airs the same programming and has the same logo from the U.S. version. It is controlled by Time Warner's HBO Latin America Group under the license of A&E Networks.

The channel also had UK edition, which has since replaced by Lifetime UK.


  1. ^ Seidman, Robert (August 23, 2013). "List of How Many Homes Each Cable Networks Is In - Cable Network Coverage Estimates As Of August 2013". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (February 26, 2014). "FYI Greenlights Six Series and Two Pilots to Production". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 11, 2013). "A+E Networks' Bio Renamed FYI As It Converts Into Lifestyle Network". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ Bibel, Sara (December 11, 2013). "A+E Networks Rebranding Bio Channel as New Network 'FYI'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ Zeitchik, Steven (January 16, 2007). "Shatner to interview celebrities". Variety. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 

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