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History Channel logo.svg
Launched 11 November 1995 (1995-11-11) (UK)
1 November 1999 (1999-11-01) (Ireland)
Owned by AETN UK (AETN/BSkyB)
Audience share 0.1% (0.1% for +1) (February 2009, BARB)
Country United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Iceland, Scandinavia, Benelux, Central Europe, Balkans, Arab World
Headquarters Brentford, West London.
Formerly called The History Channel UK (1995-2008)
Timeshift service History +1
Top Up TV Via Top Up TV Anytime
Sky Digital Channel 529
Channel 530 (+1)
Channel 545 (HD)
Virgin Media Channel 234
Channel 235 (+1 - only on Ex-NTL)
On Demand (including HD)
MaxTV Croatia Channel 104

History (formerly known as The History Channel UK) is a pan-European television channel broadcasting programmes related to historical events and persons, owned by a joint-venture between A&E Television Networks, owner of the American History, and British Sky Broadcasting, the UK's largest pay-TV provider.


The channel was launched in November 1995 under the name The History Channel and was the first version of History to launch outside the United States. It was first broadcast from the crowded transponder 47 on the Astra 1C satellite, where it would broadcast for four hours between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays. Among the channels it shared the transponder with were Sky Travel, Sky Soap, Sky Sports 2 and Sci-Fi Channel.

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.[1]

The launch of Sky Digital allowed the channel to increase it broadcast hours significantly.

On 26 October 2006, The History Channel HD launched in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

In November 2008, the channel got its current name.[2] 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.[3]

AETN UK Operations

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

  • Bio. in October 2000
  • Crime & Investigation Network on 10 July 2006
  • History HD on 26 October 2006
  • Military History on 28 July 2008
  • The History Channel Africa since 1 December 2003
  • The History Channel Greece since 5 September 2005
  • The History Channel Scandinavia since 1 February 2007
  • Crime & Investigation Network Africa since 26 February 2007
  • The History Channel Central Europe since April 2008.
  • The History Channel Benelux since July 2009.




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