Investigation Discovery

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Investigation Discovery
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Launched 1996
Owned by Discovery Communications
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Country United States
Headquarters Silver Spring, Maryland
Formerly called Discovery Civilization Network: The World History and Geography Channel
(1996–1998)
Discovery Civilization Channel
(1998–2003)
Discovery Times
(2003–2008)
Sister channel(s) Discovery Channel
TLC
Animal Planet
Oprah Winfrey Network
Destination America
Discovery Fit & Health
Hub Network
American Heroes Channel
Science
Velocity
Website InvestigationDiscovery.com
Availability
Satellite
StarSat TV 303
Dish Network 192 (HD/SD)
4DTV C-Band Satcom F3-Channel 614 (DC-2 Digital)
Westar 5-Channel 252 (HITS2Home DC-2)
NC+ 136 (HD)
OTE TV (Greece) 405
DirecTV 285 (HD/SD)
1285 (VOD)
Cable
Available on many cable systems Check local listings
Verizon FiOS 623 (HD)
123 (SD)
IPTV
AT&T U-verse 1260 (HD)
260 (SD)

Investigation Discovery (ID) is an American television network owned by Discovery Communications that features documentary-style programming dealing with true crime subjects, including criminal investigations (primarily homicides), forensics, and other crime-related documentaries.

As of August 2013, approximately 84,289,000 American households (73.81% of households with television) receive Investigation Discovery.[1]

History[edit]

The channel launched between 1996 and 2002 under the name Discovery Civilization Network: The World History and Geography Channel. It was one of four digital networks rolled out by Discovery Communications simultaneously in October 1996.[2] Plans for the channel had surfaced in November 1994, when its working name was "Time Traveler".[3]

Former logo, used from January 2008 to March 2012.

In April 2002, New York Times Television and Discovery Communications announced a joint venture to run the Discovery Civilization Channel. By then, it was available in 14 million households. The partnership aimed to complement the historical shows, with programming about current events and contemporary history.[4] In 2003, the channel was rebranded as Discovery Times, focusing more on American culture and programming pertaining to the well-being and culture of the people of America, as well as other miscellaneous programming. The previous name was described as "is a little off-message" by executives.[5] In April 2006, The New York Times sold its stake in Discovery Times back to Discovery Communications, ending its ownership in the channel.[6]

Also in 2006, the network's on-air identity was re-branded by creative studio Trollbäck + Company. On January 27, 2008, Discovery Times was renamed "Investigation Discovery".[7] In addition to the television network, an Investigation Discovery website was also launched. Contributors to the website include crime writers David Lohr, Corey Mitchell, and Gary C. King.[citation needed]

The channel's high definition simulcast is available on all major cable and satellite providers.

Programming[edit]

Current[edit]

Past[edit]

International versions[edit]

References[edit]

  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. Zap2it. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Digital Play in the U.S. of A.". Realscreen. April 1, 1999. 
  3. ^ "Discovery plans launch of four newly created nets. (Discovery Communications Inc.)". Multichannel News. November 1994. 
  4. ^ "The New York Times Company and Discovery Communications, Inc. Announce Joint Venture in Discovery Civilization Channel" (Press release). The New York Times Company. April 5, 2002. 
  5. ^ "'Civilization' Seeks Current-Affairs Niche". Multichannel News. November 4, 2002. 
  6. ^ "Discovery Times to Sell Stake". New York Observer. April 13, 2006. Retrieved January 27, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Discovery Investigates". Long Island Newsday. January 26, 2008. Archived from the original on January 29, 2008. Retrieved January 27, 2008. "Tomorrow, the Discovery Times digital channel morphs into Investigation Discovery. (ID, get it?) Premiere night features "Deadly Women" (tomorrow at 8 p.m.), about female killers, and a related episode of "48 Hours: Hard Evidence" (tomorrow at 9 p.m., all on ID). Read the new channel's case file at http://blogs.discovery.com/criminal_report" 
  8. ^ "TCA: ID Announces ‘Deadline: Crime With Tamron Hall’". Deadline Hollywood. July 25, 2013. 
  9. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 5, 2013). "New Series 'Dead of Night' to Premiere Tuesday, March 12 on Investigation Discovery". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f "Investigation Discovery Debuts Nine New and Returning Series That Sizzle This June". The Futon Critic. May 29, 2013. 
  11. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (August 20, 2013). "Black Sheep Turn Their Backs on Family in Investigation Discovery's New Series 'Evil Kin'". TV by the Numbers. 
  12. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 29, 2013). "Vacations 'To Die For' Featured in Investigation Discovery's 'Murder in Paradise'". TV by the Numbers. 
  13. ^ Bibel, Sara (July 25, 2013). "'Surviving Evil', Hosted by Charisma Carpenter, to Premiere August 28 on Investigation Discovery". TV by the Numbers. 

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