Discovery History

Discovery History is a British channel with programming about history from Discovery Inc.

Discovery History
Discovery History logo
Picture format16:9 576i SDTV
Timeshift serviceDiscovery History +1
OwnerDiscovery, Inc.
Sister channelsAnimal Planet
Discovery Home & Health
Discovery Science
Discovery Shed
Discovery Turbo
Food Network
Investigation Discovery
Quest Red
Launched1 October 1998
Former namesDiscovery Civilisation (1999-2006)
Discovery Civilization (2006-2007)
Discovery Knowledge (2007-2010)
Virgin MediaChannel 257
Channel 261 (+1)
Virgin Media IrelandChannel 212
WightFibreChannel 78
SkyChannel 177
Channel 277 (+1)
Eir VisionChannel 535
Streaming media
Virgin TV AnywhereWatch live (UK only)
Virgin TV Anywhere IrelandWatch live (Ireland only)


The channel was initially known as the Discovery Civilisation Channel, later dropping 'Channel' from the name, and was devoted to documentaries regarding history and civilizations, historic, ancient or present, launched on Sky DIgital on 1 October 1998.[1] On 1 November 2007, Discovery Civilisation was re-branded as Discovery Knowledge,[2] by Heavenly.[3] The new channel was still focused on history and natural history, but the schedule now included programming on engineering, crime and technology.

After just over three years, on 7 November 2010, Discovery Knowledge was rebranded as Discovery History.[4] The idea behind this rebranding was to take the channel's focus back to becoming "the only UK channel dedicated to factual history", to counter the fact that its competitors History and Yesterday had begun showing more reality and scripted programming, respectively.

In February 2013, A+E Networks, who operate History, lost a High Court battle to stop Discovery from using the Discovery History brand in the UK.[5]


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  1. ^ Boehm, Erich (19 August 1998). "Discovery unveils digital TV nets". Variety. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Discovery launches Knowledge channel". Digital Spy. 20 September 2007.
  3. ^ "Discovery Knowledge". Heavenly. Archived from the original on 14 September 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2010.
  4. ^ "Discovery to launch dedicated history channel". Media Week. 7 October 2010.
  5. ^ "AETN loses High Court battle with Discovery". Broadcast. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013.

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