Discovery History

Discovery History
Discovery History logo
Launched 26 January 1999
Owned by Discovery Networks Northern Europe
Picture format 16:9, 576i (SDTV)
Audience share 0.04%
0.02% (+1) (September 2015 (2015-09), BARB)
Formerly called Discovery Civilisation (1999-2007)
Discovery Knowledge (2007-2010)
Sister channel(s) Animal Planet
Discovery Channel
Discovery HD
Discovery Home & Health
Discovery Science
Discovery Shed
Discovery Turbo
Investigation Discovery
Timeshift service Discovery History +1
Sky Channel 535
Channel 536 (+1)
Virgin Media Channel 262
Channel 263 (+1)
Virgin Media Ireland Channel 212
WightFibre Channel 78
Streaming media
Virgin TV Anywhere Watch live (UK only)
UPC Horizon Watch live (Ireland only)

Discovery History is a channel with programming about history from Discovery Networks Western Europe.


Discovery Civilisation logo (1999-2003)
Discovery Civilisation logo (2003-2007)
Discovery Knowledge logo (2007-2010)
Discovery History logo (2010-present)

The channel was initially known as the Discovery Civilization Channel, later dropping 'Channel' from the name, and was devoted to documentaries regarding history and civilizations, historic, ancient or present. On 1 November 2007, Discovery Civilisation was re-branded as Discovery Knowledge,[1] by Heavenly.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]


See also


  1. "Discovery launches Knowledge channel". Digital Spy. 20 September 2007.
  2. "Discovery Knowledge". Heavenly. Archived from the original on September 14, 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2010.
  3. "Discovery to launch dedicated history channel". Media Week. 7 October 2010.
  4. "AETN loses High Court battle with Discovery". Broadcast. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
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