History, formerly known as The History Channel, is an American-based international satellite and cable TV channel that broadcasts a variety of reality shows and other content, evolved from its origin showing documentary programs including those of fictional and non-fictional historical content, together with speculation about the future.
History was launched on January 1, 1995 (as The History Channel). The channel is owned by A&E Television Networks, a joint venture of Hearst Corporation, Disney-ABC Television Group (The Walt Disney Company) and NBCUniversal (Comcast/General Electric), and operates, in various forms, in Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Ireland, Israel, Spain, Poland, Italy, Turkey, the Netherlands, Belgium, Romania, Serbia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Lebanon, Egypt, South Africa and Latin America. The network was also available in South Asia under a deal between STAR TV and AETN International until November 21, 2008. The channel has consistently produced prime time ratings in the U.S. comparable to or higher than A&E itself.
On February 16, 2008, a new logo was launched on the flagship American network. While keeping their trademark "H", the triangle shape on the left acts as a play button for animation and fly-outs during commercials and shows. On March 20, 2008, The History Channel dropped the "The" and "Channel" parts of its name to become simply "History".
Programming covers a wide range of periods and topics, while similar topics are often organized into themed weeks or daily marathons. It is seen in more than eighty million households. Subjects include military history, medieval history, the 18th century, the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, modern engineering, historical biographies, metaphysical subjects, mythical creatures, monsters, UFOs, aliens, truck drivers, alligator hunters, pawn stores, pickers, religions, disaster scenarios, and the apocalypse scenarios; a number of these documentaries are narrated by Edward Herrmann. Some of the aired programs compare contemporary culture and technology with the past, while other programs focus on subjects such as conspiracy theories, religious interpretation, UFO speculation, and reality television. In particular, the History Channel has aired a number of films on Nostradamus, as well as a special series on doomsday that promulgates various popular 2012 theories, including films such as Decoding the Past (2005–2007), 2012, End of Days (2006), Last Days on Earth (2006), Seven Signs of the Apocalypse (2007), and Nostradamus 2012 (2008).