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American Heroes Channel

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American Heroes Channel (AHC; formerly Military Channel and originally Discovery Wings Channel) is an American digital cable and satellite television network that is owned by Discovery Communications. The network carries programs related to the military, warfare, and military history and science.

American Heroes Channel
American Heroes Channel logo.svg
Launched July 1998; 19 years ago (1998-07)
Owned by Discovery Communications
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Slogan The Home of the Brave
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters Elizabeth, New Jersey
Formerly called Discovery Wings (1998–2005)
Military Channel (2005–14)
Sister channel(s) Discovery Channel
Animal Planet
Investigation Discovery
Destination America
Discovery Family
Discovery Life
Discovery en Español
Discovery Familia
DirecTV 287 (SD/HD)
1287 (VOD)
Dish Network 195 (SD/HD)
C-Band AMC 11 – Channel 611 (4DTV Digital)
C-Band AMC 18-Channel 256 (H2H 4DTV)
Bell TV (Canada) 631 (SD)
Shaw Direct (Canada) 555 (SD)
Verizon FiOS 125 (SD)
Available on most other U.S. cable systems. Consult your local cable provider for channel availability.
Vidéotron (Canada) 158 (SD)
AT&T U-Verse 1259 HIGH DEF
259 (SD)
Streaming media
DirecTV Now HIGH DEF Internet Protocol television

As of February 2015, the channel is available to approximately 59,917,000 pay television households (51.5% of households with at least one television set) in the United States.[1]



The channel launched in July 1998, as Discovery Wings Channel; it originally focused on programs relating to aircraft and aerospace. During its early years, the network also aired a weather segment near the top of each hour featuring aviation forecast data from the National Weather Service. Discovery Communications filed a trademark application with the United States Copyright Office for the use of the name "Military Channel" in 2002, after the trademark was abandoned by an unrelated start-up cable network based in Louisville, Kentucky, also named The Military Channel, which went dark in 1999 and later went bankrupt. That network – which focused on the heroes, history and hardware of the international military scene – experienced difficulty raising capital, despite early success.

Logo as Military Channel, used from January 10, 2005 to March 2, 2014.

On January 10, 2005, the network was rebranded as the Military Channel.[2] Carrying over from its original format, many of the network's programs as the Military Channel were dedicated to aerial warfare and related technologies and issues. In 2005, the channel aired its first live program from Philadelphia at the site of the Army–Navy college football game, two hours before that game's kickoff, in which Fox Sports commentator Chris Myers hosted from a set outside of Lincoln Financial Field.

On March 3, 2014, the channel was rebranded as American Heroes Channel, with the intent to "provide more history based, narrative-style documentary programming."[3] The network is a sponsor of the United Service Organizations (USO) and frequently runs commercials for that organization.


Many of the programs featured on American Heroes Channel 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 onward. While the A+E Networks-owned History, Military History and H2 air similar programming, those networks tend to show more programs about other time periods and cultures (ancient, Roman, Medieval, Eastern, and other forms of warfare). AHC has a more contemporary subject matter than those competitors, but it occasionally presents historical programming as well. Actor Dennis Haysbert serves as the network's continuity announcer for its on-air promotions.

In addition, the channel also presents feature films with a military theme (usually within the hosted movie series An Officer and a Movie, which is hosted by Lou Diamond Phillips), as well as individual episodes of other shows (such as Belly of the Beast, Build It Bigger, Extreme Machines, Timewatch and Unsolved History), which incorporate military-related content. These are often shows that were produced for other Discovery Communications-owned channels.

List of programsEdit

Current programsEdit

  • Against the Odds
  • America: Facts vs. Fiction
  • American Lawmen
  • American Titans
  • Ancient Assassins
  • Blood and Fury: America's Civil War
  • Blood Feuds
  • Chasing Conspiracies
  • Codes and Conspiracies
  • Cold War Armageddon
  • Egypt's Greatest Mysteries
  • Forbidden History
  • Gunslingers
  • Hitler
  • How the World Ends
  • Inside Secret Societies
  • Mafia's Greatest Hits
  • Mafia's Most Wanted
  • Manhunt: Kill or Capture
  • Nazi Death Squad
  • Nazi Fugitives
  • Nazi Secret Files
  • Origins
  • UFO's The Lost Evidence
  • War Stories
  • What History Forgot
  • WWII Confidential
  • WWII: Witness to War

Former programmingEdit


  1. ^ Seidman, Robert (February 22, 2015). "List of how many homes each cable network is in as of February 2015". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved February 24, 2015. 
  2. ^ December 2004 article
  3. ^ Baysinger, Tim. "Discovery Rebrands Military Channel as American Heroes". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 9 January 2014. 

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