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
VuTV (United Kingdom) Channel 238 on Freeview
DirecTV Channel 271 (HD/SD)
Channel 1271 (VOD; HD)
Dish Network Channel 121 (HD/SD)
Sky (United Kingdom & Ireland) Channel 531
Verizon FiOS Channel 127 (SD)
Available on most other U.S. cable systems Consult your local cable provider for channel availability
Virgin Media (United Kingdom) Channel 236
SkyCable (Philippines) Channel 202 (HD)
Starhub TV (Singapore) Channel 402 (SD/HD)
AT&T U-verse Channel 1274 (HD)
Channel 274 (SD)
TalkTalk Plus TV (United Kingdom) Channel 491
Streaming media
Virgin TV Anywhere Watch live (UK only)

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 August 2013, H2 is available to approximately 68,489,000 pay television households (59.97% 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 Toronto-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.

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