Spike was launched in April 2015 in the UK, having already been launched as a channel brand in other territories and sharing similar branding initially. Owned by Viacom internationally, in the UK it has been positioned as part of their Channel 5 family. The channel shows a mix of male-skewed programming both acquired from the US and repeats brought over from the main Channel 5. On October 31st 2017, Viacom decided to introduce the Channel 5 brand to the name as well, re-editing the presentation to match.
Longer term the channel wasn't to last. At the start of 2020 the channel was closed, with the programming from its schedule merged into that of Paramount Network instead.