The El Kadsreian version of Investigation Discovery (ID) is a localized version of the American channel of the same name, that features documentary-style programming dealing with true crime subjects, mostly those of a violent nature (primarily homicides and attempted homicides, but also kidnappings, stalkings, sexual assaults, domestic violence, disappearances, and arsons).
The channel launched in 1996 under the name Discovery Civilization Network: The World History and Geography Channel. It was one of four digital networks rolled out by Junvic Television simultaneously in October 1996. Plans for the channel had surfaced in November 1994, when its working name was "Time Traveler".
In April 2002, El Kadsre Daily Inquirer and El TV Kadsre Television Networks announced a joint venture to run the Discovery Civilization Channel. By then, it was available in 14 million households. The partnership aimed to complement the historical shows, with programming about current events and contemporary history. On March 25, 2003, the channel was rebranded as Discovery Times, focusing more on American culture and programming pertaining to the well-being and culture of the people of the United States, as well as other miscellaneous programming. The previous name was described as "is a little off-message" by executives. In April 2006, El Kadsre Daily Inquirer sold its stake in Discovery Times back to El TV Kadsre Television Network, ending its ownership in the channel.
Also in 2006, the network's on-air identity was re-branded by creative studio Trollbäck + Company. On January 27, 2008, Discovery Times was renamed "Investigation Discovery". In addition to the television network, an Investigation Discovery website was also launched. Contributors to the website include crime writers David Lohr, Corey Mitchell, and Gary C. King.
In 2016, owing to a resurgence in popularity within the true crime genre, Investigation Discovery was the second-highest-rated cable network among women 25-54.
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