- Military Channel
Military Channel Launched September 13, 1999 Owned by Discovery Communications Headquarters Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA Formerly called Discovery Wings (1999-2007) Sister channel(s) Discovery Channel
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The Military Channel is a cable and satellite television network which broadcasts television programming related to the military, warfare and military history. It is part of the group of networks owned by Discovery Communications within the United States and Canada. The channel was launched on September 13, 1999 as Discovery Wings, which focused on aircraft and aerospace, and was rebranded as the Military Channel on January 10, 2005. Because of its original focus, many of the Military Channel's shows are dedicated to aerial warfare and related technologies and issues.
The slogan of the channel is: "Go behind the lines."
Many of the channel's shows 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 on. Whereas The History Channel, the Military History Channel, and the History Channel International show similar programming, they tend to show more programs about other time periods and cultures (ancient, Roman, Medieval, eastern, and other forms of warfare). The Military Channel has a more contemporary subject matter than those competitors – although it occasionally presents historical programming as well.
The Military Channel is a sponsor of the USO and frequently runs commercials for that organization. In 2005, the channels' first live programming was aired from Philadelphia at the site of the Army–Navy college football game, two hours before kickoff. FOX broadcaster Chris Myers hosted from a set outside Lincoln Financial Field.
Actor Dennis Haysbert provides voiceover work for Military Channel promos. Beginning in mid-August 2010, ads for the channel stopped referring to it as "The Military Channel" in favor of plain "Military Channel".
The original, unrelated start-up cable TV network, which also used the name The Military Channel, went dark in 1999 and later went bankrupt. Themed to the heroes, history, and hardware of the international military scene, the Louisville, Kentucky-based channel experienced difficulty raising capital, despite early success. Discovery filed their trademark application for the name "Military Channel" in 2002 after it was abandoned.
Among the programs available on this channel are:
- Heroes of World War II
- Hitler's Bodyguard
- Mission Demolition
- Modern Sniper
- Navy SEALs: Untold Stories
- Normandy: The Great Crusade
- Officer and a Movie
- Quest for Sunken Warships
- Secrets of World War II
- Showdown: Air Combat
- Special Ops Mission
- Tank Overhaul
- Top Sniper
In addition, the channel also presents feature films with a military theme, as well as individual episode of other shows – such as Belly of the Beast, Build It Bigger, Extreme Machines, Timewatch and Unsolved History – which have military-related content. These are often shows produced for other Discovery Communications-owned channels.
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