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Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel International.svg
Launched 1989
Owned by Discovery Channel International
Picture format 16:9, 576i (SDTV)
Audience share 0.2% (UK as of June 2009)
0.1%(+1)
[1]
0.6% (Ireland as of November 2009)[2] (, )
Slogan "TV Worth Watching."
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Broadcast area Republic of Ireland, Iceland and the United Kingdom.
Sister channel(s) Discovery Knowledge
Discovery Science
Animal Planet
Discovery Turbo
Timeshift service Discovery Channel +1
Website / Discovery Channel International
Availability
Terrestrial
Top Up TV Programmes available on-demand
Satellite
Sky Digital Channel 520
Channel 521 (+1)
Cable
Virgin Media Channel 212
Channel 213 (+1)
IPTV
BT Vision Programmes available on-demand

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

The Discovery Channel first became available in the UK on April 1, 1989 when Discovery Channel Europe launched. It was the first extension of the Discovery Channel outside the United States.[3]

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 4 p.m. 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 4 p.m. when Discovery Channel took over and would broadcast for ten hours until 2 a.m.

With the launch of Sky Digital in October 1998, Discovery Channel moved its start time to 8 a.m., broadcasting for 18 hours per day. The time-shift channel, Discovery Channel +1, launched at the same time, as did several sister channels.[4] Analogue broadcasts were terminated in 2001.

The channel briefly had a 90 minute timeshift, called Discovery Channel +1.5. It launched on June 25, 2007.[5] It was replaced by Discovery Science +1 on April 21, 2008.

As of October 28, 2009 the Discovery Channel have singed up to Nielsen Media Research Ireland[6]. Discovery Networks Europe will record data in relation the amount of viewers that actually watch the Discovery Channel in Ireland. It is expected that the research will help strengthen the brand in Ireland and help Discovery Networks Europe's strategy of launching a channel on Ireland's digital television terrestrial service launching autumn 2010.

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