They restore antique items back to their original condition. It has become, IMHO, The Oxymoron Channel, unable to decide between the equally worthless reality and unreality programs. US-based international satellite and cable TV channel, "History Channel" redirects here. The History channel was launched on 1 December 2003 as part of the DSTV satellite TV package provided by MultiChoice. The show rarely uses real scientists, and when it does, their statements are chopped into sound bites taken out of context. Some people disagree with the theme of Swamp People - hunting and selling alligators for their skins - but the show is mostly real. When History channel announced their own 24-hour pan-European channel, Viasat launched its own history-oriented channel, Viasat History, in the Nordic region, but with no original programming. If you’re looking for a History Channel reality show that is real, then check out Forged in Fire. In 2011, History was granted permission to relaunch services in India. While the trademark "H" was kept, the triangle shape on the left acts as a play button for animation and flyouts during commercials and shows. Most of the segments show just Larry doing jobs, but fans have said the show is one of more interesting and fun ones The History Channel has. The South Korean version of History Channel was launched on September 22, 2017, replacing the Southeast version that was previously transmitted. What History Channel shows do you feel are real or fake? To know History is to know life. "[19][20], The History Channel was also singled out for ridicule by Smithsonian magazine. We can fault the channel, however, for not realizing that the actual history programs are what truly made the channel's name. The miniseries will premiere on Memorial Day and air over three consecutive nights beginning Monday, May 25, at 9 pm ET on History channel… As expected, the History Channel led A&E's overseas expansion in Brazil with TVA (April 1996), the Nordic and Baltic regions with Modern Times Group (1997), and in Canada (1997). After the launch, A+E networks Korea launched an original series program called History in the Bottle (말술클럽). The curse is a legend that says seven people must die before the island will release its treasure. Another former sister network, History International, more extensively covered history outside the US until 2011, when it was re-branded as H2 and started broadcasting more material that had to do with US history. The History Channel launched on February 1, 2007, on the Canal Digital DTH satellite package for viewers in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. Now in its 18th season, American Pickers follows two men as they travel the United States to buy items from people’s collections. It was hard to tell in those early shows, but as time went on and more people spoke out behind-the-scenes, viewers understood to take what they saw with a grain of salt. The percentage of real to fake shows appears to be dwindling each year across networks. It's just these characters might have … To present the show as a documentary, on a non-fiction network, is a loathsome move by the History Channel spinoff. For over 221 years, many treasure-seekers have tried to get the island to cough up its treasure to no avail. From North Carolina to Alaska, you’ll meet men who teach survival, fly planes, and trap fur. On March 9, 2015, the network was relaunched under History's logo and branding, although the network still carries the Historia name. The History Channel series is a combination of myth, legend, and history, which has led to … Although it broadcasts in English with local subtitles, the channel is scheduled separately from the UK version. The “Boneyard Tour” gives tourists a “very good” chance to see someone famous. [2], History expanded in 1998 into tours of U.S. landmarks with Mayflower Tours having an affiliated website (historytravel.com), History Channel Traveler, and a planned quarterly magazine. This reality show is obviously fake for many reasons. [7], The network has also been criticized for having a bias towards U.S. history. Concerns about accuracy led the History channel not to run “The Kennedys,” a scripted mini-series starring Greg Kinnear. History Channel's goal is accurate portrait of Washington TV FEATUREIt's George Washington in 3-DHistory Channel cannot tell a lie: It's goal is accurate portrait of first president But the show manufactures much of what you see. [citation needed]. Most of the “evidence” presented is from unique technology that goes back over the declassified documents. Another judge even designed one of the deadliest combat knives on the planet. Rick Dale, who’s appeared in several episodes of Pawn Stars as an expert, runs Rick’s Restoration. The History channel should do more real history programs like these." Originally Answered: Is the History channel an accurate source for history? The History Channel started its operations in India in late 2003 with 21st Century Fox's STAR TV as its sales partner, managed by National Geographic until November 21, 2008. One of the stars, Tom Oar said once, “They always have to make it seem more dangerous. There’s no denying the popularity of the Las Vegas-based show that follows the daily lives of those working at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn shop, but just watching an episode or two of Pawn Stars will fill you with great skepticism. That really depends on the program. Kutner was one of three historians commissioned to review the documentary, which the channel disavowed and never aired again. In one, Larry thought he might die when he was fetching clams and oysters. Just to let you know, that man right there makes sure they keep it real.”. [37] The History Channel India closed down on November 21, 2008. It’s basically a Last Man Standing game where the person who withstands nature the longest wins a cash prize. Faking Hitler entertains the idea that Hitler faked his own death at the end of World War II and was whisked away to South America. The store makes a killing selling their brand on T-shirts and other merchandise. and miniseries, 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=History_(American_TV_network)&oldid=1000967878, English-language television stations in the United States, Television channels and stations established in 1995, Television channels and networks about history, Articles with dead external links from December 2017, Articles with permanently dead external links, Articles with unsourced statements from October 2017, Articles containing Afrikaans-language text, Wikipedia articles with BIBSYS identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 17 January 2021, at 16:28. By Gregory Thompson Jan 09, 2018 The History Channel used to be a respected network of airing well-done, historically accurate documentaries. The episodes released are designed to act as short intros or as revision material for students or people who are simply interested in World History. The History Channel has given us the Bible as reality TV. The segments were all real. … They use documents, witness accounts, and other research. On October 21, 2014, Corus Entertainment reached an agreement to acquire Canadian French-language rights to History programming for its own channel, Historia. While the story as a whole isn't accurate, they do borrow from history a lot. The main complaint of the show is the people who are portrayed in the show don’t really live that way. The German version launched on November 14, 2004, and is operated by The History Channel Germany GmbH & Co. KG, a joint venture between A+E Networks and NBC Universal Global Networks Germany. The History Channel’s Ice Road Truckers follows the lives of semi drivers in the extreme conditions of remote lands in Canada and Alaska. The Italian version was launched on July 31, 2003 as a joint venture of A&E Networks and Fox International Channels Italy; then it became a sole venture of A&E Networks in 2012. [18] Daily Show host Jon Stewart responded the next day by stating it was their fault for trusting the History Channel and satirized a clip from the History Channel about UFOs and Nazis by stating, "The next thing you know we'll all find out the Nazis did not employ alien technology in their quest for world domination. While this series is good, I … Many feel the History Channel should clarify Ancient Aliens is merely discussing alternative ideas and not to be taken seriously. Bigfoot Captured is clearly a show meant for entertainment. [22] In 2015, skeptic Brian Dunning listed it at #2 on a "Top 10 Worst Anti-Science Websites" list.[23]. The UK channel was renamed Sky History on 27 May 2020 to accommodate Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature. For example, many of the scenes where the men were in extreme danger are staged. The British version launched in November 1995, and arrived in Ireland on November 1, 1999. [32] History Television would be relaunched on August 12, 2012; with another Shaw-owned, specialty channel relaunched as a Canadian version of H2 soon after. [13] Knapp refers readers to the Bad Archaeology website's founder Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews who comments, "I find it incredible and frightening that a worldwide distributed television channel ...can broadcast such rubbish as Ancient Aliens. The contestants' language is real and sometimes flawed, but everything they make is done by their hands. Then the guide who came over to help got stuck. Also, the shots of Frank and Mike driving are staged and the dialog recorded on a set. One of the brothers, Rick, has said, “There’s a story that I want to figure out, and I think that’s the real treasure.”. He sunk to his chest in mud. Subjects include warfare, inventions, aviation, mechanical and civil engineering, technology, science, nature, mythical creatures, monsters, unidentified flying objects, conspiracy theories, aliens, religious beliefs, disaster scenarios, apocalyptic "after man" scenarios, survival scenarios, alternate history, dinosaurs, doomsday, organized crime, secret societies, and 2012 superstitions. Any deals you see are organized beforehand. They are perhaps the most real shows on this list, though Ancients Behaving Badly takes a more tongue-in-cheek approach to its presentation. This fake documentary follows in the footsteps of two other shows that attempted to find mermaids and the megalodon. In addition to this change in format, the network is also criticized by many scientists, historians, and skeptics for broadcasting pseudo-documentaries and unsubstantiated, sensational investigative programming. In 2006, brothers Rick and Marty bought a stake in the island and started excavating. [36] It is available on cable providers Telenet and Ziggo. Whether by coincidence or design, Counting Cars resembles the Pawn Stars’s spinoff, American Restoration. The souvenir shop is hidden by use of clever camera angles. [3] Much of its military-themed programming has been shifted to its sister network Military History. Discoveries chronicles how modern technology is based on ancient inventions. History (formerly The History Channel from 1995 to 2008 and stylized as HISTORY) is a pay television network and flagship channel that is owned by A&E Networks, a joint venture between Hearst Communications and the Disney Media Networks division of the Walt Disney Company. There was one famous scientist involved in the show who is a Bigfoot advocate, Dr. Jeff Meldrum. The Lost Evidence was quickly discredited, however, after Japanese blogger Kota Yamano found the original source of the photograph in the archives in the National Diet Library Digital Collection. [10], Some of the network's series, including Ice Road Truckers, Ax Men, and Pawn Stars, garnered increased viewership ratings in the United States, while receiving criticism over the series' nonhistorical nature. It is available on cable providers Aster, Dialog, Toya, and UPC Polska, and also through satellite television (with its HD version carried on the n platform since June 1, 2012) and an SD version on Cyfra+ since November 2, 2009). As of February 2015, around 96,149,000 American households (82.6% of households with television) receive the network's flagship channel, History. Also, it develops some Latin American programming in Spanish. 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In January 2008, History HD was launched in the Netherlands. But it’s still real. If you make a visit and plan on seeing the stars, you’ll be disappointed: they are only working the counter when shooting. [2], On February 16, 2008, a new logo was launched on the U.S. network as part of a rebranding effort. by Alex Posted on December 31, 2020. "[26] On episode 82 of his Squaring the Strange podcast, released January 4, 2019, Radford reminded listeners that in excess of 18 months had passed without an apology or explanation from the History Channel as to "how their research went so horribly wrong.”[27][28], History Television launched in 1997 and was not initially related to its then similarly-named American counterpart. A released bonus video helped prove the viewer’s theory as well as showing suspicious edits and camera angles. Here's the verdict on some of The History Channel's programs. U.S. On May 30, 2012, then-parent company Shaw Media announced that it would rebrand History Channel as a Canadian version of the U.S History channel in the fall of 2012, through a licensing agreement with A+E Networks. The channel is being launched by The History Channel UK, A&E's joint venture with BSkyB. 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The Ancient Series - Discoveries, Mysteries, and Behaving Badly - are shows based on documented facts. Plus, the show has conflicting ideas on what it even believes. The History Channel Iberia is a joint venture between A+E Networks and AMC Networks International Iberia. The most real factor in the show was the “very real concern of U.S. intelligence interests that… Hitler had orchestrated an escape from Berlin.”. Then the channel moved over to an inordinate amount of WWII focused programs. [25], Researcher Ben Radford performed a detailed analysis of the mistakes made by The History Channel in building their documentary on bad photographic evidence. When Forged in Fire was first conceived, it was proposed the contestants would compete to make kitchen cutlery, but producers felt that was too boring and decided on weapons. The documentary also said that physical evidence recovered from Mili matches pieces that could have fallen off an Electra during a crash or subsequent overland move to a barge. He goes from talking about winning to using the emergency phone to be rescued seconds later. None of the participants are true forging and weapons experts. Pawn Stars is a TV business. So, where exactly did the creators of Vikings get the ideas and stimuli for their stories? Today's "History," as the channel is now known, is filled with series with such titles as Pawn Stars, Counting Cars, American Pickers and worst of all Ancient Aliens. All the latest gaming news, game reviews and trailers. Participants have already signed a release allowing the show to use their face and voice. 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The phrase "Not available in Canada" was used heavily during The History Channel's early years in promotional ads on American channels that were imported to Canadian pay television providers, particularly A&E.[31]. The History Channel was launched on January 1, 1995 with its UK counterpart following on November 1, 1995 in partnership with British Sky Broadcasting. Even down to the format. [38], A joint venture of AETN and Astro All Asia Networks launched the History Channel in Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Brunei in the second and third quarters of 2007, and in Taiwan and China by the end of the year. The better ones will often provide viewpoints from experts in their respective fields. The basic premise is that Oak Island contains treasure. The Curse of Oak Island constitutes a show that is based on real events and accounts, but fabricated with inconsistent stories and long, drawn-out drama. 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