Motor Trend (TV network)

Motor Trend is an American sports television network owned by Motor Trend Group, a venture of Discovery Inc. and Source Interlink, it primarily broadcasts automotive-themed programming, including motorsports events.

Motor Trend
CountryUnited States
HeadquartersSilver Spring, Maryland
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
OwnerMotor Trend Group
(Discovery, Inc./Source Interlink)
Sister channels
LaunchedJune 17, 2002; 19 years ago (2002-06-17)
Former names
  • Discovery HD Theater
  • (2002–2007)
  • HD Theater
  • (2007–2011)
  • Velocity
  • (2011–2018)
Available on select cable systemsChannel slots vary on each provider
Dish NetworkChannel 246
DirecTVChannel 281
C BandAMC 11 - Channel 617 (4DTV Digital)
Verizon FiOSChannel 631
U-verse TVChannel 1104
Streaming media
Fubo TV, Philo, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, YouTube TV, DirecTV Stream

It was originally founded in 2002 as Discovery HD Theater (later HD Theater), the first 24/7 high-definition basic cable network. It featured high-definition programming from its other channels. Redundant after the introduction of high-definition simulcasts for Discovery's networks, it re-launched in 2011 as Velocity—an "upscale male" network primarily featuring automotive programming. Following Discovery's acquisition of a majority stake in the magazine's publisher, it was announced that Velocity would rebrand as Motor Trend on November 23, 2018, as a brand extension of the automotive magazine Motor Trend.

As of January 2015, approximately 85.3 million American households (87.9% of households with television) receive Motor Trend.[1]

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