|Picture format||16:9 576i SDTV|
|Timeshift service||Discovery History +1|
|Sister channels||Animal Planet|
|Launched||1 October 1998|
|Former names||Discovery Civilisation (1999-2006)|
Discovery Civilization (2006-2007)
Discovery Knowledge (2007-2010)
|Virgin Media||Channel 257 |
Channel 261 (+1)
|Virgin Media Ireland||Channel 212|
|Sky||Channel 177 |
Channel 277 (+1)
|Eir Vision||Channel 535|
|Virgin TV Anywhere||Watch live (UK only)|
|Virgin TV Anywhere Ireland||Watch live (Ireland only)|
Discovery History is a British channel with programming about history from Discovery Inc.
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. On 1 November 2007, Discovery Civilisation was re-branded as Discovery Knowledge, by Heavenly. 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. 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.