Blaze launched on 20 September 2016 and is the first free-to-air channel for A+E Networks, with hopes to unite the company’s biggest franchises, such as Pawn Stars, Mountain Men and American Restoration under a single brand. While at present the channel will only be launching in the UK, the ambition is for A+E to roll out Blaze across their international footprint, making it the first global free-to-air brand.

I’m really excited about the launch of Blaze. It’s great that we can offer free-to-air audiences the chance to enjoy many of A+E’s hit shows, with much of the content new to Freeview”, said Heather Jones, A+E Networks General Manager, UK. “Blaze’s name and identity were created to celebrate the spirit of the extraordinary characters featured on the channel. We are thrilled that Blaze will also include a digital launch as a full TVE service, so viewers can watch and catch up with their favourite shows wherever they are and whenever they want.