Sky and A+E Networks launch Sky History and Sky History 2

The History channel is to become Sky History and become available on Now TV for the first time, it was confirmed today.

It's part of a joint venture between A+E Networks UK and Sky and follows a successful year for the channel, which saw its audience share increase by 11%, driven by the popularity of Curse of Oak Island and new hit series UnXplained with William Shatner.  The new Sky History service will also feature a growing range of UK shows.

The change from History to Sky History is due to occur on 7th April 2020 at same time as the launch of the Sky Documentaries channel. The channel will continue to broadcast on Sky, Virgin Media, BT and TalkTalk and join Sky's Now TV service for the first time.

History 2 (formerly H2) will become Sky History 2 at the same time.

Sky HISTORY will continue to be managed and operated by the A+E Networks® UK team from their Hammersmith offices.

Dean Possenniskie, Managing Director of A+E Networks® UK said: 
We are delighted to be deepening our partnership with Sky,” said . “It is exciting to be taking the History brand to a new level in the U.K. with greater commissioning investment and broader reach. Our joint venture with Sky has been a long-standing success—this innovative brand partnership further strengthens its future.

Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content at Sky, said: 
The launch of Sky HISTORY will build on our existing channel portfolio and complement new channel brands Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature, which will also be coming in Spring 2020. The continuation of our strong partnership with A+E Networks® UK will mean more investment in premium original content and make it easier for our customers to find the shows they want to watch.

Updated 22/02/2020 with the proposed launch date.