H2 (TV network)

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H2 TV logo.svg
Launched 1996 (1996) (original launch; as History International)
September 26, 2011 (2011-09-26) (relaunch; as H2)
Owned by A+E Networks
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Audience share UK:
0.1% (September 2014 (2014-09), BARB)
Slogan More 2 History
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters New York City, New York
Formerly called History International (1996–2011)
Sister channel(s) A&E
Crime & Investigation Network
History en Español
Lifetime Movie Network
Lifetime Real Women
Military History
Website History.com/H2
DirecTV Channel 271 (HD/SD)
Channel 1271 (VOD; HD)
Dish Network Channel 121 (HD/SD)
Astro[disambiguation needed] Channel 559 (SD) (Coming Soon)
Channel 579 (HD) (Coming Soon)
Verizon FiOS Channel 127 (SD)
Available on most other U.S. cable systems Consult your local cable provider for channel availability
StarHub TV Channel 402 (SD/HD)
SkyCable (Philippines) Channel 202 (HD)
Destiny Cable (Philippines) Channel 202 (HD Digital)
AT&T U-verse Channel 1274 (HD)
Channel 274 (SD)
Singtel TV (Singapore) Channel 212 (HD) (Coming Soon)
Streaming media
Sling TV Internet Protocol television

H2 (short for History 2) is an American digital cable and satellite television network that is owned by A+E Networks, which is operated as a joint venture between the Hearst Corporation and the Disney–ABC Television Group division of The Walt Disney Company.

The channel carries historical and popular science documentaries as well as pseudo-scientific entertainment programs. H2 offers over 200 hours of original programming; the channel's current program schedule consists of re-runs of documentary programming previously seen on sister channel History, primarily those from the mid-2000s onward. It also frequently features pseudo-documentaries and unsubstantiated and sensational "investigative" programming, but not the network's reality series.

As of February 2015, H2 is available to approximately 71,220,000 pay television households (61.2% of households with at least one television set) in the United States.[1]

H2 launched on TalkTalk Plus TV on August 28th along with Lifetime, part of the Entertainment boost.


The network launched in 1996 as History International (abbreviated as "HI" or variations on "H-INT"). It originally focused mainly on programs and specials focusing on world history. History International occasionally featured shows in languages other than English, such as French or Spanish for use with the National Cable & Telecommunications Association's Cable in the Classroom initiative. By 2010, this was reduced to an hour-long Spanish language program on weekday mornings titled El Canal de Historia (the English translation of The History Channel).

On September 26, 2011, the network was rebranded as H2, with its programming being refocused to feature documentary content from sister network History prior to that network's shift towards more reality programming, along with original programs (such as the special The Universe: Beyond the Big Bang and the first-run series America's Book of Secrets[2]), as well as exclusive new episodes of the former History series The Universe, Ancient Aliens and Modern Marvels, in addition to international-focused programming. H2 does not have plans to add reality series as its sister channel has done.[3] Newer documentaries more recently seen on History migrated to the network as part of the rebrand, which will rotate with the documentaries from History International that primarily span from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s.

H2 HD[edit]

H2 HD is a high-definition simulcast feed of H2 that broadcasts in the 1080i resolution format, which launched in mid-November 2009, and found on most providers. H2 HD transmitted in 720p until the merger of A+E and Lifetime Entertainment Services.[4]


On August 27, 2012, Shaw Media, a subsidiary of Calgary-based Shaw Communications, launched a domestic Canadian version of H2;[5] the network replaced the male-focused Category A digital channel The Cave.

In 2014, a Latin American version of H2 was launched under the ownership of A+E Networks Latin America (a joint venture between A+E Networks and Ole Communications) and distributed by HBO Latin America Group.[6] H2 launched in the United Kingdom and Ireland on May 4, 2013, replacing Military History.[7] On June 14, 2013, A+E Networks launched a version of H2 in Southeast Asia.[8]

It launched on TalkTalk on 28 August 2014. It is on the Entertainment Boost along with Lifetime.

On October 28, 2014, H2 launched in Poland.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Seidman, Robert (February 22, 2015). "List of how many homes each cable network is in as of February 2015". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved March 14, 2015. 
  2. ^ America's Book of Secrets
  3. ^ EXCLUSIVE: New Network Name Becomes History - Additional programming planned as H2 replaces HI Broadcasting & Cable, September 2, 2011
  4. ^ Reynolds, Mike (November 17, 2009). "History International HD Gains Berths On Time Warner Cable, Bright House, Cox Systems". Multichannel News. Retrieved November 20, 2009. 
  5. ^ Shaw Media and A&E to Launch Two New Specialty Channels, Broadcaster Magazine, May 30, 2012.
  6. ^ A&E Ole Networks realiza su Upfront 2013, TodoTVNews, September 25, 2012.
  7. ^ "H2 launching Saturday, May 4th". imediamonkey. April 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ "A+E Networks' venture brings Lifetime and H2 to Southeast Asia". Campaign Asia. May 20, 2013.