The Biography Channel (UK and Ireland)
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|The Biography Channel|
|Launched||1 October 2000|
|Closed||4 November 2013|
|Owned by||A+E Networks UK (A&E Networks/Sky plc)|
|Audience share||0.1% (November 2012, BARB)|
|Sister channel(s)||Crime & Investigation Network|
The Biography Channel (also known as Bio.) was an English speaking general entertainment channel available in some European countries. The channel was launched on 1 October 2000 by a joint-venture between A+E Networks and British Sky Broadcasting in the United Kingdom. It later became available in Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium. The channel's programming, as the name suggests, is made up of the biographies of famous people, including bands, politicians and criminals. The channel ceased broadcasting at 6am on 4 November 2013 and was replaced by Lifetime.
A high definition version launched on Sky on 5 November 2008, it was also available on UPC Ireland from October 2009. Bio. HD operated on a separate schedule to the standard definition channel and timeshared with CI HD. The channel closed on 3 July 2012 to allow CI HD to broadcast 24 hours a day.
- "Sky to launch AETN's Crime and Investigation HD / Bio HD on November 5th". Engadget. 14 October 2008.
- "Even more HD channels on their way to you". Sky User. 13 October 2008.
- "Crime HD changes and The Biography Channel HD removed". Entertainment Interactive. 3 July 2012.
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