American Heroes Channel
|American Heroes Channel|
|Launched||September 13, 1999|
|Owned by||Discovery Communications|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|Slogan||The Home of the Brave|
|Headquarters||Elizabeth, New Jersey|
|Formerly called||Discovery Wings (1999-2005)
Military Channel (2005-2014)
|Sister channel(s)||Discovery Channel
Discovery Fit & Health
Discovery en Español
|DirecTV||287 (SD only)
|Dish Network||195 (SD only)|
|C-Band||AMC 11-Channel 611 (4DTV Digital)|
|Bell TV (Canada)||631 (SD)|
|Shaw Direct (Canada)||555 (SD)|
|Available on most cable systems||Check Local Listings for channels|
|Verizon FiOS||125 (SD only)|
|Sky Angel||337 (SD)|
|AT&T U-Verse||259 (SD only)|
|Bell Fibe TV (Canada)||631 (SD)|
The American Heroes Channel (AHC), formerly known as the Military Channel, or Discovery Wings Channel, is an American cable and satellite television network which broadcasts television programming related to the military, warfare and military history. It is part of the group of networks owned by Discovery Communications within the United States and Canada.
As of August 2013, approximately 62,255,000 American households (54.51% of households with television) receive the Military Channel.1
The channel was launched on September 13, 1999 as Discovery Wings, which focused on aircraft and aerospace. Because of its original focus, many of the Military Channel's shows are dedicated to aerial warfare and related technologies and issues. An unrelated start-up cable TV network, which also used the name The Military Channel, went dark in 1999 and later went bankrupt. Themed to the heroes, history, and hardware of the international military scene, the Louisville, Kentucky-based channel experienced difficulty raising capital, despite early success. Discovery filed their trademark application for the name "Military Channel" in 2002 after it was abandoned.
On January 10, 2005 the network was rebranded as the Military Channel.2 In 2005, the channels' first live programming was aired from Philadelphia at the site of the Army–Navy college football game, two hours before kickoff. FOX broadcaster Chris Myers hosted from a set outside Lincoln Financial Field. AHC is a sponsor of the USO and frequently runs commercials for that organization.
Actor Dennis Haysbert provides voiceover work for AHC promos.
In March 2014, the channel was rebranded as American Heroes Channel, with the intent to "provide more history based, narrative-style documentary programming."3
Many of the channel's shows are war documentaries, the contents of which deal in large part with modern warfare, and in particular the U.S. military from World War II on. Whereas the History, Military History, and H2 channels show similar programming, they tend to show more programs about other time periods and cultures (ancient, Roman, Medieval, eastern, and other forms of warfare). The Military Channel has a more contemporary subject matter than those competitors – although it occasionally presents historical programming as well.
In addition, the channel also presents feature films with a military theme (usually within the hosted movie series An Officer and a Movie, hosted by Lou Diamond Phillips), as well as individual episode of other shows – such as Belly of the Beast, Build It Bigger, Extreme Machines, Timewatch and Unsolved History – which have military-related content. These are often shows produced for other Discovery Communications-owned channels. Among the programs available on this channel are:
- Seidman, Robert (August 23, 2013). "List of How Many Homes Each Cable Networks Is In - Cable Network Coverage Estimates As Of August 2013". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved August 27, 2013.
- December 2004 reuters.com article
- Baysinger, Tim. "Discovery Rebrands Military Channel as American Heroes". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 9 January 2014.