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History (European TV channel)

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Launched 11 November 1995; 23 years ago

Owned by A+E Networks UK (A&E Networks/Sky)

Picture format 1080i HDTV

(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)

Audience share

Netherlands: 0.3% (2018)[1]

UK: 0.18% (January 2019)[2]

Slogan Made Every Day


United Kingdom





Broadcast area Arab world, Balkans, Benelux, Central Europe & Eastern Europe, France, Iberian
Peninsula, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Scandinavia, South Africa, United Kingdom


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)


Crime & Investigation



Timeshift service History +1




Sky (UK & Ireland)

Channel 130 (SD/HD)

Channel 230 (+1)

Channel 825 (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)


Channel 188 (SD/HD)

Channel 386

DStv (South Africa) Channel 186

OSN (MENA) Channel 508 (HD)


Virgin Media (UK)

Channel 270 (HD)

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)



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)

T-Mobile (Netherlands) Channel 91

eir Vision (Ireland)

Channel 529

Channel 545 (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 (Netherlands only)

Horizon GO (Ireland only)

History (formerly known as History Channel UK) is a European television channel which
broadcasts programs related to historical events and persons. It is owned by a joint venture of
A&E Networks, owner of the American History, and Sky (the UK's largest pay-TV provider). TVT
Media is responsible for signal distribution in Europe, with local subsidiaries of A&E Networks as
distribution representatives on the continent.[3][4] Its programming, primarily in English, is
subtitled or dubbed into regional languages. The channel is available through a number of
satellite, cable, terrestrial and IPTV distributors across Europe, the Middle East and South Africa.
In some countries, advertisements and announcements between programs are localized.

On 6 November 2018, in the wake of the Disney-Fox merger, the European Commission required
The Walt Disney Company to sell A&E's European channels, including History.[5]

History has separate versions for Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal:

History Germany: Operated by A&E Networks Germany.

History Italy: Formerly a joint venture of A&E Networks and Fox International Channels Italy, it
became a sole venture of A&E Networks in 2012.

History Netherlands, airing in the Netherlands and Flanders. Operated by A&E Networks
Benelux. RTL Nederland became responsible for advertising sales on 1 January 2016.[6]

Canal de História (also known as História): The History Channel Iberia joint venture of A&E
Networks and AMC Networks International Southern Europe.


1 History

2 A&E Networks UK operations

3 History Germany

4 History Channel Iberia (Spain and Portugal)

4.1 Spanish locally-produced programming

4.2 Portuguese local-history programming

5 References

6 External links


History Channel UK began on 11 November 1995 as a weekday three-hour block (4 to 7 pm),

consisting of Biography (restyled for a British audience), History Alive and Our Century. The
channel was A&E's first international venture.[7]

Sky Sports 2 began broadcasting all day in 1997, requiring other networks to move to another
channel. The History Channel shared transponder 24 with Sky Soap and the Sci-Fi Channel.[8]
The launch of Sky Digital allowed the channel to significantly increase its broadcast hours.

The History Channel began in Scandinavia in September 1997, broadcasting for three hours daily
on the analogue Viasat platform. Initially time-sharing with TV1000 Cinema, it was later moved
to the Swedish TV8 channel until November 2004 (when Viasat launched Viasat History).

History Channel launched in the Netherlands and Flanders on 1 May 2007.[9][10]

On 26 October 2006, History Channel HD launched in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The HD
version was launching across Europe from October 2007,[11] beginning in the Nordic region on
13 December 2007, offering a schedule separate from the standard-definition version.[12] In
January 2008, History Channel HD launched in the Netherlands.[13] In November 2008 the
History Channel was re-branded as History,[14][15] and the high-definition channel became
History HD.

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 company's several channels.[16] On 22
September 2011, AETN UK was re-branded A&E Networks UK.[17] The channel launched on
British Telecom on 15 August 2013, and on TalkTalk on 28 August 2014.

A&E Networks UK operations

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

Bio., from October 2000 to 4 November 2013

Crime & Investigation 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, from 28 July 2008 to 4 May 2013

H2 on 4 May 2013 (replacing Military History)

Lifetime on 4 November 2013 (replacing Bio.)

Lifetime Africa on 22 July 2014

Blaze on 20 September 2016

History Germany

In German-speaking countries, History is operated by History Channel Germany, which was a

joint venture of A&E Networks and NBC Universal Global Networks Germany. The channel began
as the History Channel on 15 November 2004, and changed its name to History on 11 January
2009.[18] Since 1 June 2017 the channel is fully owned by A&E Networks Germany.[19]

History is available on the Kabel Deutschland, Kabel BW-Unitymedia, Primacom and KabelKiosk
cable networks in all German states, and is also available on cable in Austria and Switzerland.
Although the channel was available on satellite on Arena, it was not available on Premiere until
the latter was renamed Sky on 4 July 2009. At that time, History HD (a high-definition version of
the channel) was introduced. The channel hosts the annual History Award, which has been given
since 2005.[citation needed]

History Channel Iberia (Spain and Portugal)

Large yellow H and the word "Historia"

História logo used in Spain and Portugal

Since 1996, History has been distributed under the name Canal de Historia—and, more recently,
História—in Spain and Portugal by AMC Networks International Southern Europe in a joint
venture with A&E Networks[20] (owner of History). The channel has Spanish and Portuguese
feeds with dubbed English programs and locally produced programming.

História is available in Spain on Movistar+, cable networks (Telecable, R, Euskaltel), IPTV

providers (Vodafone, Orange TV) and streaming media (TotalChannel).[21] Historia HD became
available in Spain on 3 November 2015.[22] In Portugal, História is available through cable
providers (NOS, Cabovisão) and IPTV (MEO, Vodafone).[23]

Spanish locally-produced programming

Arqueólogo por un día (2015), where a local celebrity spends a day working with archaeologists
on an excavation

La última cena (2014–2015)

Portuguese local-history programming

Combatentes do Ultramar (2003), dedicated to the Portuguese Colonial War

A ultima ceia (2014–2015)


"Jaarrapport 2018" (PDF). SKO.

"Monthly viewing summary". BARB. Retrieved 24 March 2017.

"History Channel UK Appoints Chello Zone As Distribution Representative". 6

February 2008.

TVT Media clients

Roxborough, Scott (6 November 2018). "Disney's Fox Deal Gets European Union Clearance
Subject to Divestments". The Hollywood Reporter.

Robert Briel (3 December 2015). "RTL Netherlands to handle A+E ad sales".

"A & E Television Networks History". International Directory of Company Histories. 32. St. James
Press. 2000. Retrieved 4 December 2013 – via Funding

"Report from the Sat-UK mailing list: Report #98".

Robert Briel (5 April 2007). "History Channel komt naar de Benelux". Broadband TV News.

Robert Briel (5 April 2007). "UPC digital met vier nieuwe kanalen". Broadband TV News.

Jarco Kriek (17 October 2007). "A&E Television Network breidt uit in Europa". Totaal TV.


October 2007. Archived from the original on 19 February 2012.

Robert Briel (14 November 2007). "History Channel HD to launch in Holland". Broadband TV

"History Channel rebranded 'History'". Digital Spy. 19 November 2008.

Jan-Hein Visser (19 December 2008). "History Channel heet nu History". Totaal TV.

"The History Channel UK Changes Name to AETN UK". AETN International. 2 July 2009. Archived
from the original on 7 July 2011.

"AETN UK rebrands as A+E Networks UK". Broadband TV News. 22 September 2011.

"The History Channel ab Januar in neuem Gewand". Digital Fernsehen. 19 December 2008.

"A+E Buys Out NBCUniversal From Its German Channels". 1 June 2017.

"The History Channel Iberia". Retrieved 10 November 2015.

"Historia: Dónde vernos". Retrieved 10 November 2015.

"Historia: Historia HD". Retrieved 10 November 2015.

"Canal História: Dónde vernos". Retrieved 10 November 2015.

External links

Official Site


A&E Networks


AMC Networks



Netherlands Television in the Netherlands

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