Military History
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersNew York, New York
Picture format480i (SDTV)
(most current-day programming presented in widescreen letterbox)
OwnerA&E Networks
Sister channels
LaunchedJanuary 5, 2005; 19 years ago (2005-01-05)
Former namesMilitary History Channel (2005–08)
Streaming media
Service(s)Hulu + Live TV, Frndly TV

Military History is an American pay television channel owned by A&E Networks. The channel features programs about the history of the military and significant combat events. The channel's main competitor is Warner Bros. Discovery's American Heroes Channel, formerly the Military Channel.[1]


Military History was launched on January 5, 2005, and as the third spin-off channel of History. Viewers of History wanted more military history programs, but there was not time on the channel, thus the creation of Military History. Beginning on March 27, 2004, a military-history programming block started on History International as a prologue. The launch was an open preview, or soft launch, as no cable operators were signed up. Dan Davids, president of the History Channel USA, planned to push for digital basic level cable carriage. Its initial programming library drew from A&E and History's programs. The channel's initial prime time shows were under an umbrella banner of “Battle History”, which consisted of five documentary miniseries featuring each of the US military services. In the second quarter of 2005, the channel had its hard launch.[1]

Like its parent channel, the channel dropped the word "Channel" from its name on March 20, 2008.


Military History features programs that focus on historical battles and wars, as well as programs that profile key individuals such as generals, soldiers and spies. It also airs documentaries and series that provide insight into how these wars were fought and the lives of those who served in them.

Its initial programming library drew from A&E and History's program libraries.[1] Much of its programming focuses on World War II; this same type of programming had earned The History Channel the appellation "The Hitler Channel" up until the transfer of these programs to Military History. Additionally, their film library uses a great deal of filler simply because there wasn’t footage to cover the action. (e.g. showing soldiers when subject is Marines.)

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In addition to its carriage in the United States, the channel had previously been launched in the United Kingdom and Ireland on July 28, 2008. On March 20, 2010, Military History was added to Virgin Media on channel 236.[2] Military History was replaced by its sister network, H2, in those countries on May 4, 2013, on both Sky and Virgin Media[3] in Military History's former channel slots on both platforms.


  1. ^ a b c d Dempsey, John (January 2, 2005). "Joining cable ranks". Variety. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  2. ^ "Military History Channel to Launch on Virgin Media". World Screen. March 25, 2010. Archived from the original on March 28, 2010.
  3. ^ "H2 launching Saturday, May 4th". imediamonkey. April 19, 2013. Archived from the original on May 11, 2013.