Com Hem (Sweden) Channel 60
|Website Viasat World|
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Audience share 0.3% (Sweden 2008,)
Viasat Channel 9
|Picture format 4:3 (576i, SDTV)
Broadcast area Nordic countries and Baltic countries
Formerly called TV6 (1994-1998) TV6 Nature World/Action World (1998-2002) Viasat Nature/Action (2002-2005) Viasat Nature/Crime (2005-2015)
Owned by Modern Times Group, Sony Pictures Networks
Viasat nature rebrand
Viasat Nature is a television channel broadcasting nature documentaries and crime movies and series. It is broadcasting to Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. Since 2010, Viasat Nature became available in Ukraine.
The channel has its origins in TV6, a Swedish women's channel started in 1994. In 1998, the channel was changed into a pan-Nordic pay channel showing nature documentaries from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. ("TV6 Nature World") and then action movies and series from 9 p.m. to midnight ("TV6 Action World"). In 2002, the channel was renamed and became Viasat Nature and Viasat Action.
The content on Viasat Action was gradually shifted to include more crime series such as Law & Order and CSI. This strand was therefore rebranded into Viasat Crime on 1 October 2005. After several years as a six-hour channel, Viasat Nature/Crime extended its broadcasting hours on 1 February 2007. Viasat Nature would now broadcast from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. when Viasat Crime took and broadcast until midnight.
The channel has timeshared with many channels over the years. In its early years, the shopping channel TVG filled up much of the daytime schedule. In 1996, the sports channel Sportkanalen was broadcasting in the weekends. From 1997, Playboy TV has broadcast on the channel after midnight. Nickelodeon Scandinavia started broadcasting from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. later on and continued to do so until 2007 when Viasat Nature extended its broadcasting hours.