Discovery History
Discovery History logo
Picture format576i SDTV
Timeshift serviceDiscovery History +1
OwnerWarner Bros. Discovery EMEA
Sister channels
Launched1 October 1998
Former namesDiscovery Civilisation (1999-2006)
Discovery Civilization (2006-2007)
Discovery Knowledge (2007-2010)
Streaming media
Virgin TV GoWatch live (UK only)
Virgin TV AnywhereWatch live (Ireland only)

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


On 19 August 1998, Discovery announced they would launch several new digital channels to coincide with the launch of Sky Digital platform, one of which would be Discovery Civilisation Channel, which launched on 1 October 1998.[1] It was devoted to documentaries regarding history and civilisations, historic, ancient or present.

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 operates History, lost a High Court battle to stop Discovery from using the Discovery History brand in the UK.[5]


See also


  1. ^ "Discovery unveils digital TV nets". 19 August 1998.
  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.