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What Channel is The History Channel on DirecTV? (2024 Update)

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What Channel is The History Channel on DirecTV? (2024 Update)

Key Points

  • The History Channel continues to be a highly entertaining and frequently informative TV network in 2024.
  • The channel number for The History Channel on DirecTV is 342.
  • The History Channel first launched on January 1st, 1995 and focused on informative, factual documentary programming.
  • The History Channel now exclusively airs nonfiction reality and documentary programming, with shows like Alone, American Pickers, Pawn Stars, Ancient Aliens, and The Food That Built America.

While it catches a lot of flack for moving away from its traditional, more educational roots in recent years, the History Channel continues to be a highly entertaining and frequently informative TV network in 2024. DirecTV viewers know this just as well as other cable and satellite subscribers. There’s just one thing: What’s the channel number for The History Channel on DirecTV? Allow us to show you how to tune into The History Channel on your DirecTV guide — no matter if you subscribe to the provider’s satellite broadcast or Internet streaming package.

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History Channel Guide

DirecTV PackageChannel Number
DirecTV via Satellite342
DirecTV via Internet342

Origins of The History Channel

Earth and ancient ruins shown close to colliding in an image from History's Ancient Aliens.
The channel has gotten away from its grounded origins and embraced more abstract programming.

The History Channel first hit the air almost 30 years ago on January 1st, 1995. Prior to launch, it was envisioned as a home for Lou Reda Productions and Hearst Entertainment’s extensive archive of documentaries. While based in America, parent company A&E Networks — a joint venture between Hearst Communications and The Walt Disney Company — hoped that the network would have international appeal. (Especially because it presented an opportunity for global co-productions about world events.) This hope was soon realized after the 1995 launch date.

For much of the remainder of the ‘90s, the station maintained a strict focus on informative, factual documentary programming. A large part of its programming focused on the major historical events before, during, and after World War II. However, with the establishment of the Military History channel in 2005, much of The History Channel’s focus has broadened tremendously over the last ten to twenty years. Today, the network covers topics from modern inventions to conspiracy theories to doomsday scenarios to pop culture and beyond.

The History Channel’s Sister Networks

Military History
History en Español
A&E
Crime & Investigation
FYI
Lifetime
Lifetime Movie Network (LMN)
Lifetime Real Women (LRW)

History Channel Programming

Still from The History Channel's America Unearthed.
History Channel offers a good mix of reality and documentary programming.

While the station briefly dabbled with scripted programming with shows like Vikings and Project Blue Book, The History Channel now exclusively airs nonfiction reality and documentary programming. These two umbrellas — reality and documentary — offer extremely different takes on the channel’s general theme of history. Let’s take a closer look at the types of shows you’re most likely to find on The History Channel today, both under the reality show and documentary series branches.

Reality Shows

On the reality show side, you’ll find programs like the Alone franchise, American Pickers, and Pawn Stars. These “shows are a lot less structured and generally less educational than the stuff you’ll find in a History Channel documentary series. Alone challenges survivalists to fend for themselves after being left in the wild. American Pickers follows antique collectors on the hunt for neglected or undervalued treasures. Pawn Stars is in a similar vein, taking viewers inside the day-to-day of a family-run pawnshop.

Documentary Series

On the documentary end of the spectrum, the network dives deeper into its namesake with some extensive coverage of random historical topics. Ancient Aliens explains theories on extraterrestrial or supernatural involvement in a slew of historical events. The Food That Built America looks at the global impact of food industry pioneers. The History’s Greatest franchise — featuring various celebrity hosts like Pierce Brosnan and Peyton Manning — dissects significant historical figures and events under different set themes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is everything on The History Channel historically accurate?

The History Channel has gotten away from the strictly documentary programming of its early years, but it still strives for historical accuracy across its reality shows and documentary series alike. That said, most shows on History still prioritize entertainment over fact.

Why does The History Channel show so many reality shows?

The History Channel tends to show many reality shows these days, but they’re nothing like your average reality show. They offer a more dynamic view of the same historical themes and skills shown through the channel’s documentaries but with an entertaining and frequently competitive twist.

Is there a difference in channel number for The History Channel on DirecTV satellite versus Internet?

Luckily for DirecTV subscribers across satellite and Internet packages, The History Channel remains the same throughout both subscription options. It’s found on channel 342 no matter what.

Why has The History Channel gotten away from exclusively historical content?

The History Channel has broadened its programming types to appeal to a wider audience. In the age of streaming, it’s harder for broadcasters to keep the attention of viewers. By roping in more entertaining elements alongside its traditional educational programming, The History Channel can bring others in who otherwise might not have watched an educational show.

Is The History Channel on DirecTV Stream?

Yes, The History Channel is included in DirecTV Stream packages. This gives you full access to the channel’s live broadcast as well as its on-demand content — the same as if you were a satellite subscriber.

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