American Heroes Channel

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American Heroes Channel
American Heroes Channel.svg
Launched September 13, 1999
Owned by Discovery Communications
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Slogan The Home of the Brave
Country United States
Headquarters Elizabeth, New Jersey
Formerly called Discovery Wings (1999-2005)
Military Channel (2005-2014)
Sister channel(s) Discovery Channel
TLC
Hub Network
Animal Planet
Science
Investigation Discovery
Destination America
Discovery Fit & Health
Velocity
Discovery en Español
Discovery Familia
Website Official Website
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV 287 (SD only)
1287 (VOD)
Dish Network 195 (SD only)
C-Band AMC 11-Channel 611 (4DTV Digital)
Bell TV (Canada) 631 (SD)
Shaw Direct (Canada) 555 (SD)
Cable
Available on most cable systems Check Local Listings for channels
Vidéotron
(Canada)
158 (SD)
Verizon FiOS 125 (SD only)
Cablevision 173 (SD only)
IPTV
Sky Angel 337 (SD)
AT&T U-Verse 1259 (HD)
259 (SD)
Bell Fibe TV (Canada) 631 (SD)

American Heroes Channel (AHC), formerly known as the Military Channel, and Discovery Wings Channel, is an American cable and satellite television network which broadcasts television programming related to the military, warfare and military history. It is part of the group of networks owned by Discovery Communications within the United States and Canada.

Under its previous name of the Military Channel until its relaunch in March 2014, approximately 62,255,000 American households (54.51% of households with television) receive the channel as of August 2013.[1]

Background[edit]

The channel was launched on September 13, 1999 as Discovery Wings, which focused on aircraft and aerospace. Because of its original focus, many of the Military Channel's shows are dedicated to aerial warfare and related technologies and issues. An unrelated start-up cable TV network, which also used the name The Military Channel, went dark in 1999 and later went bankrupt. Themed to the heroes, history, and hardware of the international military scene, the Louisville, Kentucky-based channel experienced difficulty raising capital, despite early success. Discovery filed their trademark application for the name "Military Channel" in 2002 after it was abandoned.

Logo as Military Channel

On January 10, 2005 the network was rebranded as the Military Channel.[2] In 2005, the channels' first live programming was aired from Philadelphia at the site of the Army–Navy college football game, two hours before kickoff. FOX broadcaster Chris Myers hosted from a set outside Lincoln Financial Field. AHC is a sponsor of the USO and frequently runs commercials for that organization.

Actor Dennis Haysbert provides voiceover work for AHC promos.

In March 2014, the channel was rebranded as American Heroes Channel, with the intent to "provide more history based, narrative-style documentary programming."[3]

Programming[edit]

Many of the channel's shows are war documentaries, the contents of which deal in large part with modern warfare, and in particular the U.S. military from World War II on. Whereas the History, Military History, and H2 channels show similar programming, they tend to show more programs about other time periods and cultures (ancient, Roman, Medieval, Eastern, and other forms of warfare). AHC has a more contemporary subject matter than those competitors, but it occasionally presents historical programming as well.

In addition, the channel also presents feature films with a military theme (usually within the hosted movie series An Officer and a Movie, hosted by Lou Diamond Phillips), as well as individual episodes of other shows (such as Belly of the Beast, Build It Bigger, Extreme Machines, Timewatch and Unsolved History), which have military-related content. These are often shows produced for other Discovery Communications-owned channels. Among the programs available on this channel are:

References[edit]

Notes
  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 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ December 2004 reuters.com article
  3. ^ Baysinger, Tim. "Discovery Rebrands Military Channel as American Heroes". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 

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