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Discovery Channel (UK and Ireland)

Discovery Channel
Launched 1 April 1989
Owned by Discovery Networks Northern Europe
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share 0.30%
0.09% (+1) (September 2015 (2015-09), BARB)
Slogan "TV Worth Watching."
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Broadcast area United Kingdom
Sister channel(s) Animal Planet
Discovery HD
Discovery History
Discovery Home & Health
Discovery Science
Discovery Shed
Discovery Turbo
Investigation Discovery
Timeshift service Discovery Channel +1
Sky (UK) Channel 520 (SD/HD)
Channel 521 (+1)
Channel 561 (SD)
Sky (Ireland) Channel 520
Channel 521 (+1)
Channel 561 (HD)
Virgin Media Channel 250
Channel 251 (HD)
Channel 252 (+1)
Smallworld Cable Channel 250
Channel 251 (HD)
Channel 252 (+1)
UPC Ireland Channel 208
Channel 209 (+1)
Channel 219 (HD)
WightFibre Channel 75
BT Channel 322
Channel 376 (HD)
Freewire Channel 180
TalkTalk TV Channel 322
Plusnet Channel 322
Channel 376 (HD)
Streaming media
Virgin TV Anywhere Watch live (UK only)
UPC Horizon Watch live (Ireland only)
Watch live (+1, Ireland only)
Now TV Watch live (UK only)
Sky Go Watch live (UK and Ireland only)

Discovery Channel operated by Discovery Networks Western Europe produces an English speaking channel which targets the United Kingdom and Ireland. The channel's programming is based on programming produced by Discovery Networks Europe, Discovery Channel Canada and Discovery Channel from the US.


It first became available in the UK on 1 April 1989 when Discovery Channel Europe launched. It was the first extension of the Discovery Channel outside the United States.[1]

Prior to 1993, UK viewers could receive the channel from Intelsat satellites at 27.5° West. In July 1993, the Discovery Channel launched on the Astra 1C analogue satellite on the popular 19.2° East position where it used to broadcast only in the evening, starting at 4pm. On Astra, the daytime space was filled by CMT Europe until 1994, when TLC (later on Discovery Home & Leisure) moved there. Eventually, Discovery Home & Leisure would broadcast from the morning to 4pm when Discovery Channel took over and would broadcast for ten hours until 2am.

With the launch of Sky Digital in October 1998, Discovery Channel moved its start time to 8am, broadcasting for 18 hours per day. The time-shift channel, Discovery Channel +1, launched at the same time, as did several sister channels.[2] Analogue broadcasts were terminated in 2001.

On 22 May 2006, Discovery HD was made available on Sky as part of the Sky+ HD launch line up. It was also made available on Virgin Media's cable service on 1 April 2010.[3] From 30 June 2011 Discovery HD began to simulcast Discovery Channel in high-definition rather than use a separate schedule.

The channel briefly had a 90-minute timeshift, called Discovery Channel +1.5. It launched on 25 June 2007.[4] It was replaced by Discovery Science +1 on 21 April 2008.

An Irish advertising feed was launched in 2010. Sky Media Ireland operates the channel's output in terms of advertising, sponsorship and scheduling.[5]

On January 2011, Discovery Channel UK released its new look which places its emphasis on the D-globe logo. The project was created by DixonBaxi and Double G Studios.[6][7]



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  6. ^ Discovery Channel UK – Current Idents (2011)
  7. ^ Discovery Channel UK – Current Bumpers (2011)

External links

  • Official website
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