History (Australian television channel)

History (Australian television channel)

Launched 1996
Owned by Foxtel Networks
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share 0.5% (Apr '07, [1])
Country Australia
Language English
Broadcast area Australia, New Zealand
Formerly called Fox History (1996-1998)
The History Channel (1998-2008)
Sister channel(s) A&E
Crime & Investigation
Website historychannel.com.au
Foxtel Channel 611
Austar Channel 611
Foxtel Channel 611
Austar Channel 611

History, formerly known as Fox History, is a television channel in Australia and New Zealand, that broadcasts non-fictional programs regarding historical events and persons, as well as various metaphysical, pseudoscientific, and paranormal phenomena—often with observations and explanations by noted historians, scholars, authors, esotericists, astrologers, and Biblical scholars as well as reenactments and interviews with witnesses, and/or families of witnesses.

The channel is operated by Foxtel Management Pty Limited, and the programming and name of the channel is licensed to them by A&E Television Networks.

It started out as Fox History in 1996, and changed its name to The History Channel in November 1998.[2][3] The channel used share its frequency with Fox Kids until December 2000, when it got its own 24-hour channel.[4]


  1. ^ http://www.oztam.com.au/documents%5C2007%5CB1_20070422.pdf
  2. ^ "Investigation into Expenditure Requirement for Pay TV Documentary Channels". Australian Broadcasting Authority. 
  3. ^ "The History Channel". 
  4. ^ Murdoch, Blake (28 November 2000). "New pay TV offerings from Australia's Foxtel.". Hollywood Reporter 365 (43): 10. ISSN 0018-3660. Retrieved 2 May 2010.