Military Channel name change?

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  1. Mar 1, 2014 #1 of 31
    B Newt

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    Aug 12, 2007
    Just wondering if DTV is going to change the name of the Military Channel to American Heroes Channel? I cant find the Military channel on my iphone, but I can see on my phone AHCH channel 287 which is the same channel number of the Military channel.
  2. Mar 1, 2014 #2 of 31

    Mariah2014 Breaking the mold

    Apr 21, 2006
    Phoenix Metro
    LOS ANGELES – The Discovery-owned Military Channel is just days away from debuting its new look and new name. On March 3, it will become the American Heroes Channel (AHC).
    While the channel will continue to present military-themed specials, executives hope the new name will reflect their desire to focus on a broader range of American heroes and helpers.
    "When we launched a few years ago we were engaged in two wars overseas, and we wanted to really acknowledge the acts of valor that were going on," the channel’s general manager, Kevin Bennett, told FOX411. "But these stories of heroism aren't solely reserved for the battlefield.
    “With the rename, we hope to expand our audience. We are still going to have that same action feel as our military programs, but also look at heroes in things like the space race and first responders to tragic events. It's a natural evolution for us."
    Bennett said space seems to be lacking these untold stories of heroism, so the expansion is a crucial one.
    "There has been a misconception with the Military Channel that we were all guns and ammo all the time, but we are about all sorts of heroes on and off the battlefield."
    AHC, currently in 63 million homes, will debut 17 new series and specials, including "CIA: Declassified," which reveals stories of America's top-secret Cold War missions, and "Codes and Conspiracies," which reveals the history of the world's most clandestine institutions and mysterious symbols.
    But perhaps the most hotly anticipated show is "Against the Odds," a six-part series Bennett calls the "most powerful" program they've aired to-date.
    Narrated by Rob Lowe, the series unveils the harsh realities of war, using archival footage and first-hand interviews to illuminate U.S. troops who banded together during battle.
    March 3’s premiere episode, "The Marines at Hue," focuses on the three U.S. Marine battalions that, along with two Army battalions and South Vietnamese troops, beat the odds to defeat entrenched North Vietnamese troops and the Viet Cong in the South Vietnamese city in 1968.
    "People deal with the fog of war and combat situations differently,” said John Ligato, a Marine who fought in Vietnam . “[Recalling] some moments were somewhat difficult – these were things I really hadn't thought about in many years – but this is a story that had to be told. It is a story a lot of people need to know ... the tremendous odds that the Marines were up against. And for the first week, because of the weather, we had no other ground or air support."
    Each episode of "Against the Odds" zooms in on a different battle, including "A Chance in Hell," which looks at U.S. Army Col. Sean MacFarland's Ready First Combat Team's victory in Ramadi, Iraq, and "The Battle for Sugar Loaf Hill," which explores the fight on the island of Okinawa during World War II.
    Ligato says young Americans need to be exposed to moments like these.
    "They need to see the brotherhood and the sacrifices people make,” he said. “They'll learn that the most ferocious fighting machine is a pissed-off 19-year-old Marine. But we're proud of who we are. We are the greatest fighting nation."
    "Against All Odds" debuts on American Heroes Channel March 3 at 10/9c
  3. Mar 1, 2014 #3 of 31

    Nick Charter Gold Club Member

    Apr 23, 2002
    I think you've answered your own question.
  4. Mar 1, 2014 #4 of 31
    B Newt

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    Aug 12, 2007
    The guide on my dtv receivers still says Military Channel. I thought AHC was going to be a seperate channel. Thanks for the info Mshaw.
  5. Mar 1, 2014 #5 of 31

    nmetro Godfather

    Jul 11, 2006
    Let's hope it does not turn into another "reality channel" like History, H2, National Georgraphic, Discovery, et. al. While some people can't get enough of these type of programs, there are people who want to watch in depth real documentaries, history and science. "Pawn Stars", "Ice Road Truckers", "Ax Men", "Swamp People", "Bering Sea Gold", "When Ghosts Attack", etc. do not fall into this category. Neither do so called "documentaries"using extraterristrials to speculate about historical events. Discovery and A&E Networks have been in a race to the bottom, in regards of what is called history and science.

    The "Marines at Hue" and "Against teh Odds" sounds like a good start for this new channel. The other shows are promising, as long as AHC does not fall into the trap the other Discovery and A&E Network channels already have. Unfortunately, "reality" TV is cheap to produce.
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  6. Mar 1, 2014 #6 of 31

    nmetro Godfather

    Jul 11, 2006
    Oh yeah, it would be nice if this channel was in HD.
  7. Mar 1, 2014 #7 of 31

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
  8. Mar 1, 2014 #8 of 31

    mreposter Hall Of Fame

    Jul 29, 2006
    Well, if they stop running those shows about Hitler three times a week, I'm sure they'll have room for a wider variety of programming...
  9. Mar 2, 2014 #9 of 31

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    The Channel is still pushing the old logo as well as the new. When they stop, then worry about DirecTV
  10. zeus

    zeus Legend

    May 18, 2011
    Another disappointing case of channel drift.

    Prediction: This channel will have 75% alien and bigfoot programming by 2016.
  11. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    Why? Because they changed their name?
  12. KyL416

    KyL416 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 10, 2005
    Tobyhanna, PA
    As opposed to when it was Discovery Wings? At least it's keeping the military based theme.
  13. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    The two articles I read said they are changing their name on (Monday) March 3rd. So I'd wait until after the 3rd to see what logo is being used or what name is in the guide.
  14. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Gold Club DBSTalk Club

    Apr 17, 2003
    They are expanding into non-military heroes. I don't expect every program on the channel to be about a specific hero or group of heroes. But the removal of "military" from the name opens up the channel to be able to memorialize people who are or were not specifically military.

    Hopefully this will mean less shows about Hitler ... unless they are ethnocentric shows about how American heroes fought Hitler. With "American" in the title I'd expect a focus on the heroes of this country over the heroes of other countries.

    So unless Bigfoot is an American hero I would not expect a show about him. Perhaps UFO shows will make it on the air if the story is about an American hero who hunts UFOs. No channel is 100% true to their title.
  15. n3ntj

    n3ntj Hall Of Fame

    Dec 18, 2006
    Would be nice if D* had the Military Channel (or American Heroes Channel) in HD.
  16. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    I love Pawn Stars. It's educational.
  17. Ssgreeno

    Ssgreeno New Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    The Military Channel was one of our favorite channels. I am dismayed to find they have changed the name and now have a lot of religious programs listed .I went thru school and have a college degree, and I still had no idea how and why WW2 was fought until I was able to watch the Military channe on this subject.. Young students today have no knowledge at all about it. We need to see it to understand we must never let this happen again.
  18. fleckrj

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    Sep 4, 2009
    Cary, NC
    Vietnam was longer ago for students today than WW2 was when I was in school. For today's students, WW2 is as far in the past as the Spanish American war was for me when I was in school.
  19. FLWingNut

    FLWingNut Godfather

    Nov 19, 2005
    Really? You had no idea how or why World War II was fought until you watched it on TV? How did you get out of high school history? Consider my mind boggled.

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  20. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    May 17, 2010
    Here's some more boggling for your mind. When the movie "Apollo 13" was released my nephew went to see it. When he returned home he discussed the movie with his parents and was surprised to learn from them that it was based on fact, not fiction.

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