|Launched||30 October 2002|
|Owned by|| UKTV |
|Picture format||16:9, 576i (SDTV)|
0.04% (+1) (December 2018 , BARB)
|Slogan||"Fuel your mind"|
|Country||United Kingdom and Ireland|
|Broadcast area||United Kingdom and Ireland|
|Formerly called||UK History (2002–04)|
UKTV History (2004–09)
|Sister channel(s)|| Alibi |
|Timeshift service||Yesterday +1|
|Sky (UK)||Channel 155 |
Channel 255 (+1)
|Sky (Ireland)||Channel 161 |
Channel 261 (+1)
|Astra 2F||12129 V 27500 2/3|
|Virgin Media||Channel 129|
Channel 200 (+1)
|Eir Vision||Channel 537|
|TVPlayer|| Watch live (UK only)|
Watch live (+1)(UK only)
Yesterday is one of the UKTV network of television channels in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It launched on 30 October 2002 as UK History and relaunched in its current format on 2 March 2009. It is available on satellite through Sky, Freesat and through the digital terrestrial provider Freeview. Hours on Freeview had previously been cut, with transmissions finishing at 6 pm, but were restored on 1 June 2010. Yesterday +1 eventually launched on Freeview channel 99 but, as of 16 January 2019, is no longer available on Freeview.
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The channel originally launched on 30 October 2002 as UK History, a channel for the network's historic documentaries. These were previously found on the channel UK Horizons; however, the launch of UK History allowed the channel to broadcast more programmes in their schedule. The majority of programming on the channel is sourced from the BBC programme archive, through the part ownership of the channel by BBC Worldwide. The launch of the channel also coincided with the launch of the new digital terrestrial provider Freeview, following the collapse of the former provider ITV Digital. The service remained unchanged until 8 March 2004, when the channel changed its name in line with the rest of the UKTV network to UKTV History.
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Since 24 July 2012, Yesterday offers more entertainment-led content along with a design refresh, which includes a new logo and idents, in order to attract a wider and younger audience, along with a new slogan, "Entertainment Inspired By History".For example, the channel has broadcast more repeats of situation comedies, such as Last of the Summer Wine or Butterflies .
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In late 2014, Yesterday began slowly decreasing the amount of comedy and drama shown on the channel and branching out into more factual content, with notable additions including natural history, science and engineering alongside the classic slate of history programming.
On 8 December 2015 Yesterday became available on Freesat together with two of its UKTV sister channels Drama and Really.
The channel also operates a time shift channel called Yesterday +1, and UKTV History +1 before it, that is available on Sky and Virgin Media and was, until 16th January 2019 when it left, available on Freeview. The channel broadcasts the Yesterday schedule one hour later than the main channel, but contains no special programming or branding, with the occasional exception of a different DOG.
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