|Launched||January 1, 1999|
|Owned by||A&E Television Networks (Hearst Corporation (50%), Disney-ABC Television Group (50%))|
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)
|Broadcast area||USA, Canada, U.K., Southeast Asia|
|Headquarters||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
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|DISH Network||119 (HD/SD)|
|C-Band - H2H/4DTV||AMC 18 - Channel 201|
|Available on many cable systems||Check Local Listings for channels|
|Verizon FiOS||629 (HD)
The Biography Channel (abbreviated bio.) is an American digital cable television channel owned by A&E and based on the television series of the same name. Biography Channel began programming in 1999. In addition to biographical shows, the network has been airing fictional, non-biographical programming previously seen on A&E, including Murder, She Wrote and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, though this practice ended in 2007.
As of August 2006, the Biography Channel became the exclusive home for the Biography series, which was also dropped by A&E. On Monday, July 16, 2007, the Biography Channel unveiled a new logo, a new tagline ("True Story") and revamped its on-air look and feel. Although the channel will refer to itself as Bio in much of its branding, the Biography Channel name is still in use as a subheading within the channel logo and for other network business.
Local versions of the channel also airs in the following countries:
Local and regional versions are also seen in Israel, Italy, Germany and Latin America. The Latin American version airs the same programming and has the same logo from the U.S. version. It is controlled by Time Warner's HBO Latin America Group under the license of A&E Networks.
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