H2 (TV network)

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H2 TV logo.svg
Launched 1996 (as History International)
September 26, 2011 (as H2)
Owned by A+E Networks
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Slogan More 2 History
Country United States
Headquarters New York, New York
Formerly called History International (1996-2011)
Sister channel(s) A&E
The Biography Channel
Crime & Investigation Network
History en Español
Lifetime Movie Network
Lifetime Real Women
Military History
Website www.history.com/h2
VuTV Channel 238 on Freeview (UK)
DirecTV Channel 271 (HD/SD)
Channel 1271 (On Demand) (HD)
Dish Network Channel 121 (HD/SD)
Sky (UK & Ireland) Channel 531
Available on many cable systems Check local listings for channels
Verizon FiOS Channel 127 (SD)
Virgin Media (UK) Channel 236
Cablevision Channel 161
SkyCable (Philippines) Channel 202 (HD)
AT&T U-verse Channel 1274 (HD)
Channel 274 (SD)
Streaming media
Virgin TV Anywhere Watch live (UK only)

H2 (short for History 2), formerly History International (abbreviated HI), is a digital cable and satellite television network that features historical and popular science documentaries as well as pseudo-scientific entertainment programs. H2 offers over 200 hours of original programming; the network's current program schedule consists of reruns of documentary programming previously seen on sister network History primarily from the mid-2000s onward. It also frequently features pseudo-documentaries and unsubstantiated and sensational 'investigative' programming, but not the network's reality television series.

As of August 2013, approximately 68,489,000 American households (59.97% of households with television) receive H2.[1]

H2 HD[edit]

H2 HD is a 720p high-definition simulcast of the network, launched in mid-November 2009. It is available nationally on AT&T U-verse, Dish Network, and DirecTV; as well as regionally on Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Comcast, Mediacom, Suddenlink and Cox Communications.[2]


On September 26, 2011, History International was rebranded as H2, with the new slogan "More 2 History". The newly branded network airs documentary content from The History Channel prior to its transition to reality programming, original programs, such as the special The Universe: Beyond the Big Bang, as well as exclusive new episodes of the former History series The Universe, Ancient Aliens, and Modern Marvels. The network is also home to a new original series entitled America's Book of Secrets.[3]

H2 will maintain its current focus on documentary and international-themed programming, and does not have plans to add reality television shows as its parent network has done.[4] Newer documentaries more recently seen on History have been brought to the network in the rebrand, which will rotate with the HI documentaries that primarily span from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s.

Former programming[edit]

Prior to the rebrand, History International also occasionally featured shows in a language other than English, such as French or Spanish for use with the National Cable & Telecommunications Association's Cable in the Classroom initiative. As of 2010, only one hour daily on weekday mornings was dedicated to El Canal de Historia (English: The History Channel), a Spanish language program. It has been removed with the rebrand.


On August 27, 2012, Toronto-based Shaw Communications subsidiary Shaw Media launched a domestic Canadian version of H2,[5] replacing its Category A digital channel The Cave.

In 2013, H2 will be launched in Latin America being operated by HBO Latin American Group.[6] H2 launched in the UK and Ireland on May 4, 2013, replacing Military History.[7]

On May 20 2013, A+E Network announced that they will bring H2 to Southeast Asia on Jun 14th.[8]

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