History (Australian TV channel)

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History Logo.svg
Launched 1996
Owned by Foxtel Networks
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share 0.5% (Apr '07, [1])
Country Australia
Language English
Broadcast area Australia
New Zealand
Formerly called Fox History (1996-1998)
The History Channel (1998-2008)
Sister channel(s) Foxtel Networks channels
Website historychannel.com.au
Foxtel Channel 611 (SD/HD)
Channel 1611 (SD)
SKY Network Television (NZ) Channel 73
Foxtel Channel 611 (SD/HD)
Channel 1611 (SD)
Streaming media
Foxtel Go Channel 611

History, formerly known as Fox History and The History Channel, is a television channel in Australia and New Zealand, that broadcasts non-fictional programs regarding historical events and persons, as well as various metaphysical, pseudoscientific, and paranormal phenomena—often with observations and explanations by noted historians, scholars, authors, esotericists, astrologers, and Biblical scholars as well as reenactments and interviews with witnesses, and/or families of witnesses.

The channel is operated by Foxtel Management Pty Limited, and the programming and name of the channel is licensed to them by A&E Television Networks.

It started out as Fox History in 1996, and changed its name to The History Channel in November 1998.[2][3] The channel used share its frequency with Fox Kids until December 2000, when it got its own 24-hour channel.[4]

On 3 November 2014, History launched a HD feed.[5]


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 September 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Investigation into Expenditure Requirement for Pay TV Documentary Channels" (PDF). Australian Broadcasting Authority. 
  3. ^ "The History Channel". 
  4. ^ Murdoch, Blake (28 November 2000). "New pay TV offerings from Australia's Foxtel". The Hollywood Reporter. 365 (43): 10. ISSN 0018-3660. Archived from the original on 24 August 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Knox, David (3 November 2014). "BoxSets, Discovery Kids launch on Foxtel". TV Tonight. Retrieved 5 November 2014.