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Investigation Discovery
Discovery ID.png
Launched 1996
Owned by Discovery Communications, Inc.
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Headquarters Silver Spring, Maryland
Formerly called CBS Eye on People (1996-1998)
Discovery People (1998-1999)
Discovery Civilization (1999-2002)
Discovery Times (2002-2008)
Sister channel(s) Discovery Networks
DirecTV Channel 285
Channel 1285 (VOD)
Dish Network Channel 192
C-Band AMC 11-Channel 614 (4DTV Digital)
DSmart (Turkey) Channel 14
Available on many cable systems Check local listings for channels

Investigation Discovery (commercially abbreviated and stylized as ID.) is a digital cable television channel that is owned by Discovery Communications. The channel features programming dealing with criminal investigations, primarily homicide investigations, and other crime-related documentaries.



The channel launched in 1996 as a joint venture between CBS (pre-Viacom merger) and Discovery Communications, with each company owning half of the channel. The channel was called "CBS Eye on People" and featured news and human interest stories from CBS News. After two years, CBS sold its share to Discovery Communications, who accordingly renamed it "Discovery People". At the time, Discovery had begun to roll out its suite of themed digital channels (Animal Planet, Planet Green, Discovery Health, Military Channel, Science Channel and Discovery Kids were the others). Discovery People accordingly rebranded as "Discovery Civilization" a year later.

In 2002, New York Times Television and Discovery Communications announced a joint venture to run the channel. Later in that same year, the channel was rebranded as "Discovery Times Channel".

In April 2006, the New York Times sold its stake in Discovery Times back to Discovery Communications, ending its ownership in the channel.[1]

Also in 2006, the network's on-air identity was rebranded by creative studio Trollback + Company.

On January 27, 2008, Discovery Times was renamed to "Investigation Discovery".[2]

In addition to the television network, an Investigation Discovery website was also launched. Contributors to the website include crime writers David Lohr, Corey Mitchell, and Gary C. King.

The channel's simulcast Investigation Discovery HD is available on select Time Warner Cable systems. In September testing on the Dish Network satellite system for Investigation Discovery HD had begun and is expected to roll out before the beginning of 2010.



Current series

See also


  1. ^ "Discovery Times to Sell Stake". New York Observer. 2006-04-13. Retrieved 2008-01-27. 
  2. ^ "Discovery Investigates". Long Island Newsday. 2008-01-26.,0,5830607.column. Retrieved 2008-01-27. "Tomorrow, the Discovery Times digital channel morphs into Investigation Discovery. (ID, get it?) Premiere night features "Deadly Women" (tomorrow at 8 p.m.), about female killers, and a related episode of "48 Hours: Hard Evidence" (tomorrow at 9 p.m., all on ID). Read the new channel's case file at" 

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