When I moved over to the United Kingdom I was first introduced to Sky satellite system. It was a digital dish and in 2000 we switched over to their broadcasts after finding cable less than exciting.
It was a whole new world. They had loads of public history channels including BBC’s UK History and the UK version of the History Channel. As well there was Discovery Civilization and the main Discovery channel. As well the main networks did a number of history related programming. There was lots of stuff for kids and it was all for the grand total of fifteen pounds a month. For me it was the best service I have ever had. Save for the small matter of North American sports which was solved by the North American Sports Network (NASN).
Then we moved to Canada again…sigh.