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Sleuth logo
Launched January 1, 2006
Owned by NBC Universal
Slogan Get Clued In.
Replaced Trio
Website Official Site
DISH Network Channel 198
DirectTV Channel 308
Available on most cable systems Check local listings

Sleuth is a digital cable television channel with programming dedicated to the crime and mystery genres. It is owned and operated by NBC Universal and is the fourth latest addition to their line up of digital cable TV channels (after The Weather Channel, Oxygen and Chiller). It launched on January 1, 2006, replacing Trio. Sleuth debuted on DirecTV on June 1, 2006, and on Dish Network nine days later.

Sleuth focuses on mystery entertainment while networks such as Investigation Discovery and Crime and Investigation Network focus on mystery education. As of 2009, the majority of the network's programming is borrowed from sister USA Network.



On July 23, 2008 Variety reported that Sleuth, Universal HD, and Chiller are moving from Los Angeles to New York; when the channels movement is complete, Sleuth and Universal HD will report to USA Network, while Chiller will report to Syfy.[1]

In January 2009, after being taken over by USA Network, all shows from the line-up (see past programming) were removed and replaced with mainly NBC Universal-produced, USA Network original shows, Monk and In Plain Sight to its lineup, running marathons of each program's episodes. CBS military-crime-drama series JAG and NCIS were also added to Sleuth's lineup, both of which are staples on USA Network, as well as another USA Network staple in Walker, Texas Ranger and two Canadian series, DaVinci's Inquest and Cold Squad, that primarily aired in syndication nationwide. The Law and Order franchise also joined the network. It recently started airing another Canadian series, The Eleventh Hour. However, it was re-named Bury the Lead, to differentiate it from the since-cancelled CBS series of the same name.

The network presently relies on reruns of JAG, NCIS, Walker, Texas Ranger, the Law and Order franchise, MacGyver, and various other series owned by NBC Universal or its channels, mainly USA Network.


Past programming

Sleuth originally featured crime and mystery programming from NBC Universal's extensive library of feature films, classic television shows, reality series and documentaries. Programming initially included popular and cult television series like Simon & Simon, Miami Vice, The A-Team, Dragnet (1967-70 and 2003 versions), Knight Rider, The Equalizer, Homicide: Life on the Street and more recent cancelled series like EZ Streets, Karen Sisco, and Deadline. More recently, Sleuth has added programming from other studios, such as Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers, and Sony. Some of the former programming has since become a part of the schedule of the national Retro Television Network digital subchannel network.

Crime, mystery and suspense films like Scarface, The Jackal, Casino, Sneakers and Mercury Rising will be in the standard- and high-definition lineups, with at least 20 hours of content from the channels offered on demand at any given time to consumers.

In January 2007, Sleuth began airing Profiler, Magnum, P.I., The Rockford Files, The Burning Zone, Turks, Conviction, and Medical Investigation.

On February 25, 2007, Sleuth aired a fourteen-hour movie marathon entitled "Chiller On Sleuth" to promote the launch of Chiller, NBC Universal's cable channel dedicated to horror programming that launched on March 1, 2007. The movies that aired during this marathon are Wait Until Dark, Psycho (1998), I Saw What You Did (the 1988 version), and The Island.[2]

Technical data

  • Galaxy 1R
  • Transponder 24
  • C-band Digital

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