A & E Ships Biography Net Overseas


A & E Television Networks has set the first international launch date for its Biography Channel. British Sky Broadcasting plc will transmit the service on its Sky Digital platform starting Oct. 1, and the channel hopes to gain carriage on Britain's cable systems as well.

Biography follows in the footsteps of A & E's The History Channel, which launched on BSkyB in 1995. Like that channel, Biography is a joint venture with the direct-to-home platform, which is controlled and part-owned by News Corp.

The launch is part of a wider agreement between the two companies to develop other channels, as well as "Internet, broadband and trademark-licensing activities," according to a press release announcing the launch. The two companies are also expected to launch a time delayed feed of History and to engage in e-commerce and sponsorship activities.