Investigation Discovery (European TV channel)

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Investigation Discovery
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Launched20 January 2009; 10 years ago (2009-01-20)
NetworkDiscovery EMEA
Owned byDiscovery, Inc.
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Audience share
  • Netherlands: 1.1% (2018)[1]
  • UK: 0.12% (2015)[2]
  • UK: 3.6% (+1) (2015)[3]
Broadcast areaEurope
HeadquartersAmsterdam, Netherlands
Sister channel(s)
Timeshift serviceInvestigation Discovery +1
WebsiteInvestigation Discovery
Sky (UK & Ireland)Channel 154
Channel 254 (+1)
CanalDigitaal (Netherlands)Channel 51
N (Poland)Channel 136
OSN (MENA)Channel 505 (HD)
DStvChannel 171
Digitalb (Albania)Channel 80
Virgin Media IrelandChannel 504
YouSee (Denmark)Channel 149
Ziggo (Netherlands)Channel 123 (HD)
CAIW (Netherlands)Channel 113
Kabel Noord (Netherlands)Channel 253
Delta NV (Netherlands)Channel 351
CAI Harderwijk (Netherlands)Channel 136
Stichting Kabelnet Veendam (Netherlands)Channel 77
Virgin Media (UK)Channel 170
Channel 171 (+1)
Glashart Media (Netherlands)Channel 65
KPN (Netherlands)Channel 21
Moja TV
(Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Channel 002
BT (United Kingdom)Channel 324
Plusnet (United Kingdom)Channel 324
(former Open IPTV)
Channel 378
eir Vision
Channel 131
Streaming media
Ziggo (Netherlands only)
Horizon (Ireland only)
Virgin TV AnywhereWatch live (UK only)

Investigation Discovery (abbreviated as ID) is a pay television channel available in several European nations. It competes in the same genre as Crime & Investigation Network which is also available in several European nations. The ID. channel features crime programming, including "missing persons and murder inquiries, cold cases and historical crime," as well as documentaries on forensic investigations. One such program is Deadly Women, an investigative series in which former FBI agent and profiler Candice DeLong looks at female killers throughout history.

Its programming is mainly in English and locally subtitled or dubbed. In some countries, the advertisement and the announcements between programs are localized.


Investigation Discovery became available on cable television in the United States in January 2008.[4]

In Europe, the channel was first made available in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The channel launched in Poland, Romania, Hungary, and Greece in April 2009.[5][6]

This was followed by launches in Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, and Montenegro in May 2009. On 28 June 2009 the channel replaced nTalk on the Polish platform N.[7][8] On 15 July it replaced TVN Lingua on Cyfra+.[9]

In August 2009, ID. came to the Baltic states when it launched on the Latvian Lattelecom platform.[10] In September 2009, it was announced that the channel would be added to RCS/RDS's offerings.[11]

Investigation Discovery had been broadcasting to Sweden since 2010, but was initially not widely available through major distributors. On 1 October 2014, it was added to the leading cable network Com Hem.[12] It was added by satellite operator Canal Digital on 15 December.[13] In January 2015, Discovery bought the terrestrial broadcasting license held by multicultural channel Kanal Global. That channel stopped broadcasting on 15 February 2015 and Investigation Discovery took over the license after that.[14] The transaction was accepted by the Swedish Broadcasting Authority and the license is valid until 2020.[15]

On 4 July 2011, Investigation Discovery replaced Discovery Travel & Living in the Netherlands and Flanders.[16] An HD-simulcast started through Ziggo in the Netherlands on 8 February 2017.[17]

On 1 June 2015 a localized version launched in Sweden with content adapted for the Swedish market.[18][19] The first original Swedish programme to air on the channel was Brottscentralen, a live crime show produced by Aftonbladet.[20] Brottscentralen premiered on Investigation Discovery on 31 August 2015.[21] During its first seven months on air, the channel achieved a 0.5 percent share of viewing and reached 1.8 percent of the population each week.[22]

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  1. ^ "Jaarrapport 2018" (PDF). SKO.
  2. ^ "Monthly viewing summary". BARB. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Monthly viewing summary". BARB. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  4. ^ Discovery Fall Program Guide, accessed September 9, 2011.
  5. ^ "Kolejny kanał pod marką Discovery w Polsce". April 7, 2009.
  6. ^ "Discovery ID channel heads East". April 7, 2009.
  7. ^ "ITI closes another channel". June 19, 2009.
  8. ^ "Grupa ITI likwiduje kolejną stację". June 19, 2009.
  9. ^ "Cyfra+: ID Investigation Discovery za TVN Lingua". July 16, 2009.
  10. ^ "ID Investigation launches in Baltics". broadbandtvnews. August 5, 2009.
  11. ^ "ID Investigation extends CEE reach". broadbandtvnews. September 14, 2009.
  12. ^ "Kanalförändringar". Com Hem. Archived from the original on 2016-01-28.
  13. ^ "Investigation Discovery ny kanal i Familjepaketet". Canal Digital. 12 December 2014.
  14. ^ "Kanal Global ger upp sin plats i linjär-tv – har för låga tittarsiffror för annonsörerna". Dagens Media. 19 January 2015.
  15. ^ "Investigation Discovery tar över Kanal Globals kanalplats hos Boxer". Discovery Networks Sweden. 19 January 2015.
  16. ^ Jarco Kriek (June 20, 2011). "Investigation Discovery neemt plaats Discovery Travel & Living in". Totaal TV.
  17. ^
  18. ^ "Hösten 2015 på Discovery Networks Sweden". Discovery Networks Sweden. 11 June 2015.
  19. ^ "Ny profil på Investigation Discovery". Canal Digital. 29 May 2015.
  20. ^ "SBS Discovery sänder Aftonbladet-program". Resumé. 7 April 2015.
  21. ^ "Leif Silbersky till Brottscentralen". Dagens Media. 26 August 2015.
  22. ^ "MMS Årsrapport 2015 2014-12-29-2016-01-03" (PDF). Mediamätning i Skandinavien.

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