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Gandhi Launches The History Channel On Sky

Gandhi Launches The History Channel On Sky

SKY Television's newest channel The History Channel will begin broadcasting at 6.30pm this Monday December 1 on button 53 with an episode of its flagship series Biography featuring the life of Mahatma Gandhi.

The History Channel is New Zealand's first and only channel dedicated to history 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week and is available as part of the basic start-up package to SKY digital subscribers.

The History Channel is renowned for bringing history to life for a modern audience while making the past resonate in a way that is both compelling and accessible.

As part of the global A&E network, The History Channel has access to a vast library of the world's best historical programming and can therefore offer critically acclaimed and award-winning documentaries from every corner of the globe. These include the Emmy-Award-winning Biography series, Modern Marvels, History's Mysteries, Escape!, Conquest and Fly Past celebrating a Century of Flight.

SKY Television's Director of Entertainment, Travis Dunbar said: "The History Channel is a wonderful addition to SKY's Digital platform. A service of this quality and depth is sure to attract viewers while further broadening SKY's programming line-up."

The History Channel is programmed for a New Zealand audience and delivered from the FOXTEL network in Australia at a time to suit New Zealand viewers. FOXTEL is Australia's leading subscription television provider and is connected to more than one million homes on both cable and satellite.

Foxtel's Director Of Television, Brian Walsh said: "We are very proud of The History Channel and its expansion into New Zealand - the channel has struck a major chord with our subscribers and we look forward to sharing in its continued success with SKY."

SKY Television now has more than 540,000 subscribers and is in around 40% of New Zealand homes.

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