H2 (TV network)

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H2
H2 TV logo.svg
Launched1996 (as History International)
September 26, 2011 (as H2)
Owned byA+E Networks
Picture format720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
SloganMore 2 History
HeadquartersNew York City
Formerly calledHistory International (1996-2011)
Sister channel(s)A&E
The Biography Channel
Crime & Investigation Network
History
History en Español
Lifetime
Lifetime Movie Network
Lifetime Real Women
Military History
Websitewww.history.com/h2
Availability
Satellite
DirecTVChannel 271 (HD/SD)
Channel 1271 (On Demand) (HD)
Dish NetworkChannel 121 (HD/SD)
Sky (UK & Ireland)Channel 531
Cable
Available on many cable systemsCheck local listings for channels
Verizon FiOSChannel 127 (SD)
Virgin Media (UK)Channel 236
CablevisionChannel 161
SkyCable (Philippines)Channel 202 (HD)
IPTV
AT&T U-verseChannel 1274 (HD)
Channel 274 (SD)
Streaming media
Virgin TV AnywhereWatch live (UK only)
 
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H2
H2 TV logo.svg
Launched1996 (as History International)
September 26, 2011 (as H2)
Owned byA+E Networks
Picture format720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
SloganMore 2 History
HeadquartersNew York City
Formerly calledHistory International (1996-2011)
Sister channel(s)A&E
The Biography Channel
Crime & Investigation Network
History
History en Español
Lifetime
Lifetime Movie Network
Lifetime Real Women
Military History
Websitewww.history.com/h2
Availability
Satellite
DirecTVChannel 271 (HD/SD)
Channel 1271 (On Demand) (HD)
Dish NetworkChannel 121 (HD/SD)
Sky (UK & Ireland)Channel 531
Cable
Available on many cable systemsCheck local listings for channels
Verizon FiOSChannel 127 (SD)
Virgin Media (UK)Channel 236
CablevisionChannel 161
SkyCable (Philippines)Channel 202 (HD)
IPTV
AT&T U-verseChannel 1274 (HD)
Channel 274 (SD)
Streaming media
Virgin TV AnywhereWatch live (UK only)

H2 (short for History 2), formerly History International (abbreviated HI), is a digital cable and satellite television network that features historical and popular science documentaries as well as pseudo-scientific entertainment programs. H2 offers over 200 hours of original programming; the network's current program schedule consists of reruns of documentary programming previously seen on sister network History primarily from the mid-2000s onward. It also frequently features pseudo-documentaries and unsubstantiated and sensational 'investigative' programming, but not the network's reality television series.

As of August 2013, approximately 68,489,000 American households (59.97% of households with television) receive H2.[1]

H2 HD[edit]

H2 HD is a 720p high-definition simulcast of the network, launched in mid-November 2009. It is available nationally on AT&T U-verse, Dish Network, and DirecTV; as well as regionally on Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Comcast, Mediacom, Suddenlink and Cox Communications.[2]

Rebrand[edit]

On September 26, 2011, History International was rebranded as H2, with the new slogan "More 2 History". The newly branded network airs documentary content from The History Channel prior to its transition to reality programming, original programs, such as the special The Universe: Beyond the Big Bang, as well as exclusive new episodes of the former History series The Universe, Ancient Aliens, and Modern Marvels. The network is also home to a new original series entitled America's Book of Secrets.[3]

H2 will maintain its current focus on documentary and international-themed programming, and does not have plans to add reality television shows as its parent network has done.[4] Newer documentaries more recently seen on History have been brought to the network in the rebrand, which will rotate with the HI documentaries that primarily span from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s.

Former programming[edit]

Prior to the rebrand, History International also occasionally featured shows in a language other than English, such as French or Spanish for use with the National Cable & Telecommunications Association's Cable in the Classroom initiative. As of 2010, only one hour daily on weekday mornings was dedicated to El Canal de Historia (English: The History Channel), a Spanish language program. It has been removed with the rebrand.

International[edit]

On August 27, 2012, Toronto-based Shaw Communications subsidiary Shaw Media launched a domestic Canadian version of H2,[5] replacing its Category A digital channel The Cave.

In 2013, H2 will be launched in Latin America being operated by HBO Latin American Group.[6] H2 launched in the UK and Ireland on May 4, 2013, replacing Military History.[7]

On May 20 2013, A+E Network announced that they will bring H2 to Southeast Asia on Jun 14th.[8]

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