|Launched||October 9, 2011|
|Owned by||A+E Networks (50%)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Slogan||"Kuch Naya Dekho. History Bante Dekho"|
|Formerly called||The History Channel India (2003–2008)|
|Tata Sky||Channel 563 (SD)|
|Dish TV||Channel 470 (SD)
Channel 56 (HD)
|Airtel Digital TV||Channel 348 (SD)
Channel 337 (HD)
|Videocon d2h||Channel 603 (SD)
Channel 604 (HD)
|Channel 82 (SD)|
|Available on select Indian cable systems||Check local listings for details|
History TV18 (formerly known as The History Channel) is a pan-Indian television channel broadcasting programmes related to historical events, infotainment and persons, owned by a joint-venture between A+E Networks, owner of the American "History" channel, and Network 18, an Indian media group. The channel is in a bouquet of factual entertainment channels to be launched by the joint venture. available in seven languages (English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Bengali, Urdu & Marathi) in full HD across all major markets in India and will reach out to more than 50 million households in the launch phase.
The History Channel
History was first launched as The History Channel on November 30, 2003. It was launched by a joint venture between AETN International and News Corporation's STAR, through its subsidiary NGC Networks. It had aired series like Biography (TV series), Conspiracy?, Crusades, Secret Agents and Breaking Vegas and television movies like Marilyn and Me. Following the expiration of the deal between AETN and STAR on November 21, 2008, STAR took over the channel and re-branded it as Fox History & Entertainment. That channel has since been re-branded again as Fox History & Traveller, then Fox Traveller and is currently available in India.
On October 9, 2011(09/10/11), History was re-launched in India as History TV18, by AETN18 Media Pvt. Ltd., a joint venture between A+E Networks and Network 18. The channel, is available in 6 languages including English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and Marathi has hired Salman Khan as its spokesperson. Some shows are also available in Gujarati. An HD feed of the channel (True HD) is also available.
A few programmes include:
- Anusha Parthasarathy; Shruthi Mathews (14 October 2011). "History re-invents itself". The Hindu. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
- "Ajay Chacko appointed President of Network18-AETN JV". Business Standard. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
- "History Channel to be launched in India on Nov 30". The Hindu Business Line. 26 November 2003. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
- Shibani Gharat (10 October 2011). "A+E Networks | TV18 launches History channel". afaqs!. Retrieved 26 October 2011.