Crime & Investigation (European TV channel)

Crime & Investigation (stylized as Crime + Investigation) is a pan-European television channel based in the United Kingdom, owned by A&E Networks UK (a joint venture of A&E Networks and Sky). The channel primarily broadcasts true crime programming, and is a European version of the U.S. network of the same name.

Crime & Investigation
Crime and Investigation logo.png
Launched10 July 2006; 13 years ago (2006-07-10)
Owned byA&E Networks UK (A&E Networks/Sky)
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Audience shareUK:
0.05% (+1) (June 2019 (2019-06), BARB)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaBenelux, Central Europe & Eastern Europe, Iberian Peninsula, Ireland, Italy, United Kingdom, Africa, Middle East
Sister channel(s)Blaze
Timeshift serviceCrime & Investigation +1
(UK & Ireland)
Channel 156 (SD/HD)
Channel 256 (+1)
Channel 835 (SD)
Channel 35
OSN (MENA)Channel 506 (HD)
Virgin Media (UK)Channel 209 (HD)
Channel 222 (+1)
On Demand
Virgin Media (Ireland)Channel 225 (HD)
Ziggo (Netherlands)Channel 122
UPC RomaniaChannel 305
Caiway (Netherlands)Channel 108
DELTA (Netherlands)Channel 313
Kabel Noord (Netherlands)Channel 261
BT TV (UK)Channel 328
Channel 380 (HD)
TalkTalk TV (UK)Channel 328
Plusnet (UK)Channel 328
Channel 380 (HD)
eir Vision (Ireland)Channel 553
Channel 555 (HD)
KPN (Netherlands)Channel 82
T-Mobile (Netherlands)Channel 90
Streaming media
TVPlayerWatch live (UK only) (TVPlayer Plus subscription required)
Sky GoSky (UK & Ireland only)
Virgin TV AnywhereVirgin Media (UK only)
BT TV EverywhereBT TV (UK only)
Ziggo GO (Netherlands) (Europe only)

TVT Media is responsible for the signal distribution across mainland Europe,[1][2] and local subsidiaries of A&E Networks are the distribution representatives across Europe, except for Spain and Portugal. In Spain, it is named Crimen + Investigación and in Portugal, it is named Crime + Investigation and it is operated by AMC Networks International Southern Europe. The Portuguese version also airs in Portuguese-speaking African countries (Angola, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe).

Its programming is mainly in English and locally subtitled or dubbed. It is available through numerous satellite, cable, terrestrial and IPTV distributors across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.


A high definition version launched on Sky (UK and Ireland) on 5 November 2008.[3] Crime+Investigation HD originally operated on a separate schedule to the standard definition channel and timeshared with Bio. HD.[4] On 3 July 2012, Bio. HD closed to allow Crime + Investigation HD to broadcast 24 hours a day, simulcasting the standard definition channel.[5]

A one-hour timeshift channel named CI +1 launched on Sky UK on 2 March 2009. Since rebranding in January 2017 this has been named Crime+Investigation +1 and is on Sky channel 256.

The channel launched in the Netherlands in July 2011.[6] Followed by Romania through UPC Romania on 2 September 2013 and Italy through Sky Italia on 17 December 2013.[citation needed]

The network launched on BT TV on 15 August 2013 and TalkTalk in the UK on 28 August 2014. It is on the Entertainment Extra Boost along with History.[citation needed]

The HD channel launched on Virgin Media channel 222 in the UK on 21 July 2018. At the same time, the timeshift channel also launched on there on channel 224.[citation needed]

On 6 November 2018, the European Commission ordered A&E Networks UK to divest its factual channels, as a condition of Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox.[7]

As of November 1st, 2019 the channel will no longer be packaged by MultiChoice's DStv across Africa.


  1. ^ Robert Briel (12 February 2010). "DMC launches Crime & Investigation". Broadband TV News.
  2. ^ TVT Media clients
  3. ^ "Sky to launch AETN's Crime and Investigation HD / Bio HD on November 5th". Engadget. 14 October 2008.
  4. ^ "Even more HD channels on their way to you". Sky User. 13 October 2008.
  5. ^ "Crime HD changes and Bio HD removed". Entertainment Interactive. 3 July 2012.
  6. ^ Jarco Kriek (4 July 2011). "Crime & Investigation Netwerk in Nederland van start" (in Dutch). Totaal TV.
  7. ^ Roxborough, Scott (6 November 2018). "Disney's Fox Deal Gets European Union Clearance Subject to Divestments". The Hollywood Reporter.

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