TV8 is a television channel owned by Viasat broadcasting to Sweden. It focuses on news, current affairs, documentaries and drama.
The channels was started by the private equity firm Ratos in 1997 and was sold to Viasat in 1999.
TV8 timeshared for some years with the Scandinavian History Channel in the evening and Bloomberg Television in the night and daytime; TV8 themselves did only broadcast for a few hours in the late evening. Bloomberg was swapped for the Fox News Channel for the War in Iraq in 2003. Fox News continued after this, but Bloomberg returned to broadcast on some key slots during the day in December 2003. In November 2004, MTG launched their own historical channel Viasat History in the Nordic region. This meant that the History Channel was shut down and replaced by TV8's own programmes. The Fox News broadcasts were discontinued in September 2006. They where replaced by English language programming from Deutsche Welle and reruns of TV8 programming.
TV8 did broadcast terrestrially for a short period of time during 1999-2001. They returned to the terrestrial network in 2004. In December 2006, TV8 was launched on the Canal Digital satellite platform and thereby became the first channel that Viasat made available to their competitors.