On the major cable television providers such as Charter Communications or Cox Communications, the History Channel is usually part of what is known as basic cable. With Comcast Communications, the History Channel is part of its Select group of channels, while Cox Communications include the History Channel as part of its TV Essential lineup.
The History Channel is part of the A&E Networks family of cable networks, which include A&E, H2 (a second History Channel), FYI, Military, History en Espanol, Lifetime and the Crime & Investigation Network. The History Channel features previously aired content along with content made specifically for the network. The History Channel originally launched on January 1, 1995.