History announced that its History.com site will officially re-launch on July 4. The site, originally created as a showcase for the network’s on-air programming and some additional historical content, has been revamped with a multimedia, topics-based approach that brings a first of its kind experience to history enthusiasts, casual information seekers, students and educators.
The new History.com, recently launched in beta, already features more than 15,000 topics addressing the history of eras, events, people, dates and more, and differentiates itself with a rich multimedia offering of more than 4,000 videos, 2,500 photos, 550 audio clips, and 50 interactive features at launch. The content offering will grow each month with the addition of new topics and supporting multimedia, and the rebuilt site is scalable in a way that supports a greater breadth of historical content.
Among the interactive features currently being highlighted are an extensive Independence Day page, featuring videos, photos, articles, trivia and other content that will be added to as the official Fourth of July launch date approaches. In addition to allowing visitors to dig deep into topics such as American Holidays and the many historical topics related to them – for example, the American Revolution or the Founding Fathers – History.com will continue to support the television network’s original series and specials.
Visitors to History.com can extend the epic journey of HISTORY’s landmark series, America The Story of Us, through the 400-year history of the United States via online content created in conjunction with recently-concluded series. The ultimate viewing companion to the series, and a prime example of what visitors can expect from the new History.com, online features complementing America The Story of Us allow the television audience to go online to continue learning about the over 200 new topics added to the site and touching on key events, figures and themes referenced in the series. History.com saw its most page views ever on April 25, the date America The Story of Us premiered, attracting an audience that relished the ability to easily dig deeper online into topics referenced on television.
“The new History.com is a one-of-a-kind offering and we are excited to stake our claim as the source for history in the digital space,” added Dan Suratt, EVP, Digital Media and Business Development, A&E Television Networks. “Our wealth of multimedia is already unrivaled and the site’s offerings will only get better as we increase the breadth of trusted and accurate content.”