History (European TV channel)

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Launched 11 November 1995; 21 years ago (1995-11-11) (UK)
1 November 1999; 17 years ago (1999-11-01) (Ireland)
15 November 2004; 12 years ago (2004-11-15) (Germany)
17 October 2007; 10 years ago (2007-10-17) (Netherlands)
1 October 2008; 9 years ago (2008-10-01) (Romania)
Owned by A+E Networks UK (A&E Networks/Sky plc)
Picture format 16:9, 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share UK:
0.07% (+1)
0.4% (September 2015
2016, [1]
Slogan Made Every Day
Country United Kingdom
Broadcast area Arab world, Balkans, Benelux, Central Europe & Eastern Europe, France, Iberian Peninsula, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Scandinavia, South Africa, United Kingdom
Headquarters Brentford, West London (UK and Pan-Europe)
Munich (Germany, Austria & Switzerland)
Rome (Italy)
Amsterdam (Netherlands & Flanders)
Madrid (Spain & Portugal)
Formerly called The History Channel (1995–2008)
Sister channel(s) Blaze
Timeshift service History +1


Sky (UK & Ireland) Channel 529 (SD/HD)
Channel 530 (+1)
Channel 545 (SD)
On Demand
NOVA Greece (Greece) Channel 404
CanalDigitaal (Netherlands) Channel 19 (HD)
Sky Deutschland Channel 407 (HD)
Channel 427
Canal+ (Spain) Channel 35
Sky Italia Channel 407 (SD/HD)
Channel 408 (+1)
Digiturk Channel 188 (SD/HD)
Channel 386
DStv (South Africa) Channel 186
OSN (MENA) Channel 508 (HD)
Virgin Media (UK) Channel 270
Channel 271 (+1)
On Demand (including HD)
Virgin Media Ireland Channel 217
Channel 220 (HD)
WightFibre (UK) Channel 82
Ziggo (Netherlands) Channel 28 (HD)
Primacom (Germany) Channel 112
UPC Cablecom (Switzerland) Channel 102 (HD)
Channel 103
UPC Austria Channel 531
ONO (Spain) Channel 91
R (Spain) Channel 53
TeleCable (Spain) Channel 22
Euskaltel (Spain) Channel 55
NOS (Portugal) Channel 112
Cabovisão (Portugal) Channel 24
UPC Romania

Channel 312 (SD)

Channel 180 (HD)
BT (UK) Channel 327
Channel 379 (HD)
KPN (Netherlands) Channel 389
Movistar TV (Spain) Channel 84
MEO (Portugal) Channel 123
Optimus Clix (Portugal) Channel 134
TalkTalk TV (UK) Channel 327
Plusnet (UK) Channel 327
Channel 379 (HD)
Streaming media
TVPlayer Watch live (UK only) (TVPlayer Plus subscription required)
Sky Go Sky (UK & Ireland only)
Virgin TV Anywhere Virgin Media (UK only)
Ziggo GO ZiggoGO.tv (Netherlands only)
Horizon GO horizon.tv (Ireland only)

History (formerly known as The History Channel UK) is a pan-European television channel broadcasting programs related to historical events and persons, owned by a joint-venture between A+E Networks, owner of the American History, and British Sky Broadcasting, the UK's largest pay-TV provider. AMC Networks International DMC is responsible for the signal distribution across mainland Europe and the subsidiaries of AMC Networks International are the distribution representatives across Europe.[3][4] Its programming is mainly in English and locally subtitled or dubbed. It is available through numerous satellite, cable, terrestrial and IPTV distributors across Europe, the Middle East and South Africa. In some countries the advertisement and the announcements between programs are localised.

There are specific versions for Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Flanders, and Spain and Portugal:


The History Channel UK started on 11 November 1995 as a week day three-hour block (4 to 7 pm) with British revamp Biography, History Alive and Our Century. The channel was A&E's first international venture[6]

In 1997, Sky Sports 2 became a full-day channel and the channels that time-shared with it had to move. The History Channel would now share transponder 24 with Sky Soap and Sci-Fi Channel.[7]

The History Channel launched in Scandinavia in September 1997, broadcasting for three hours per day on the Analogue Viasat platform. Initially time-sharing with TV1000 Cinema, it was later moved to the Swedish TV8 channel and continued broadcasting there until November 2004 when Viasat launched their own history channel, Viasat History, in the Nordic region and closed down the History Channel.

The launch of Sky Digital allowed the channel to increase it broadcast hours significantly. The channel was completely launched across Europe in October 2007.[8]

On 26 October 2006, The History Channel HD launched in the United Kingdom and Ireland. A high-definition version of the History Channel was launched in the Nordic region on 13 December 2007. It offers a separate schedule to the standard-definition version.[9] In January 2008, The History Channel HD launched in the Netherlands.[10]

In November 2008, the channel got its current name.[11][12] The high-definition channel became History HD in the process.

The company behind the channel was known as The History Channel ( UK ) Limited until July 2009, when it was renamed AETN UK to reflect the fact that the company now offers several channels.[13] On 22 September 2011, AETN UK was rebranded as A+E Networks UK.[14]

It launched on BT on 15 August 2013 and TalkTalk on 28 August 2014. It is on the Entertainment Extra Boost along with CI.

A+E Networks UK operations[edit]

Since the launch of History, the company has extended its line-up with:

  • Bio. in October 2000 until 4 November 2013
  • CI on 10 July 2006
  • Crime & Investigation Network Africa on 26 February 2007
  • History HD on 26 October 2006
  • History Africa on 1 December 2003
  • Military History on 28 July 2008 until 4 May 2013
  • H2 on 4 May 2013, replacing Military History
  • Lifetime on 4 November 2013, replacing Bio.
  • Lifetime Africa on 22 July 2014

History Germany[edit]

In the German-speaking countries History is operated and run by The History Channel Germany GmbH & Co. KG, a joint venture between A+E Networks and NBC Universal Global Networks Germany. The channel launched as The History Channel on 15 November 2004 and changed its name into History on 11 January 2009.[15]

History is available on the cable networks of Kabel Deutschland, Kabel BW/Unitymedia, Primacom and KabelKiosk in all German states. It is also available on cable in Austria and Switzerland.

On satellite, the channel was available on Arena. It was not available on Premiere, until that platform was renamed Sky on 4 July 2009. At the same time History HD, a high-definition version of the channel, was launched.

The channel also hosts the "History-Award", which has been given annually since 2005.

The History Channel Iberia (Spain and Portugal)[edit]

História logo used in Spain and Portugal.

Since 1996, History is operated and distributed under the name of Canal de Historia and more recently Historia by AMC Networks International Iberia in Spain and Portugal through a joint venture with A+E Networks,[16] owner of History. The channel had a feed in Spanish and another in Portuguese which includes dubbed English programs as well as locally produced programming.

Historia is available in Spain on Movistar+ (Spanish biggest digital television provider, through IPTV, satellite and streaming media), as well as cable networks (Telecable, R, Euskaltel), IPTV providers (Vodafone, Orange TV) as well streaming media (TotalChannel).[17] Historia HD became available in Spain on 3 November 2015.[18]

In Portugal, História is available through cable providers (NOS, Cabovisão) and IPTV (MEO, Vodafone).[19] The Portuguese version of História is also available in Angola, Cape Verde and Mozambique.[citation needed]

Spanish locally-produced programming[edit]

Portuguese local history programming[edit]

  • Combatentes do Ultramar (2003), dedicated to the Portuguese colonial war.
  • A ultima ceia (2014–2015)


  1. ^ "Monthly viewing summary". BARB. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Jaarrapport 2016" (PDF). Stichting Kijk Onderzoek. 
  3. ^ Richard Lambert and Sarah Whyte (10 April 2012). "Chello DMC Announces 'TV without Boundaries'" (PDF). Chello DMC. 
  4. ^ "History Channel UK Appoints Chello Zone As Distribution Representative". 4rfv.co.uk. 6 February 2008. 
  5. ^ Robert Briel (3 December 2015). "RTL Netherlands to handle A+E ad sales". BroadbandTVNews.com. 
  6. ^ "A & E Television Networks History". International Directory of Company Histories. 32. St. James Press. 2000. Retrieved 4 December 2013 – via Funding Universe.com. 
  7. ^ "Report from the Sat-UK mailing list: Report #98". 
  8. ^ Jarco Kriek (17 October 2007). "A&E Television Network breidt uit in Europa". Totaal TV. 
  9. ^ "THE HISTORY CHANNEL HD TO LAUNCH IN SCANDINAVIA" (Press release). AETN International. 8 October 2007. 
  10. ^ Robert Briel (14 November 2007). "History Channel HD to launch in Holland". Broadband TV News. 
  11. ^ "History Channel rebranded 'History'". Digital Spy. 19 November 2008. 
  12. ^ Jan-Hein Visser (19 December 2008). "History Channel heet nu History". Totaal TV. 
  13. ^ "The History Channel UK Changes Name to AETN UK". AETN International. 2 July 2009. 
  14. ^ "AETN UK rebrands as A+E Networks UK". Broadband TV News. 22 September 2011. 
  15. ^ "The History Channel ab Januar in neuem Gewand". Digital Fernsehen. 19 December 2008. 
  16. ^ "The History Channel Iberia". Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  17. ^ "Historia: Dónde vernos". Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  18. ^ "Historia: Historia HD". Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  19. ^ "Canal História: Dónde vernos". Retrieved 10 November 2015. 

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