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National Geographic Channel
National Geographic Channel logo
Launched January, 1997
Owned by National Geographic Television & Film (50%)
Fox Cable Networks (News Corporation) (50%)
Picture format 480i (SD)
720p (HD)
Slogan "Live Curious"
"Think again."
"Dare to Explore"
DirecTV Channel 276 (SD/HD)
Channel 1276 (VOD)
Dish Network Channel 186 (SD)
5334 (HD)
Available on most cable systems Check local listings for details
AT&T U-verse Channel 265 (SD)
Channel 1265 (HD)

National Geographic Channel, also commercially abbreviated as Nat Geo, is a subscription television channel that airs non-fiction television programs produced by the National Geographic Society. Like History and the Discovery Channel, the channel features documentaries with factual content involving nature, science, culture, and history.



In September 1997, the world's first National Geographic Channel launched in European countries and Australia. In July 1998, National Geographic Channel Asia was launched in partnership and distribution with STAR TV (Before replacing NBC Asia Channel. The same happened in NBC Europe's demise in 1998). Today, the channel is available in over 143 countries, seen in more than 160 million homes and in 25 languages.

In the United States, National Geographic Channel, launched in January 2001, is a joint venture of National Geographic Television & Film and Fox Cable Networks. National Geographic provides programming expertise and the Fox Networks Group provides its expertise on distribution, marketing, and ad sales.

In Canada, the channel (National Geographic Channel (Canada)) is owned by Canwest and National Geographic Channel USA, while the European versions are operated in partnership with Fox's sister company, British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB), which has since sold to Fox in 2007. This includes an English language version for the UK, Iceland and Republic of Ireland, which is carried on BSkyB's own Sky Digital pay TV service and also on TalkTalk TV in the UK, Sky Digital, UPC, Magnet Networks, SCTV in the Republic of Ireland and Skjarin in Iceland.

In Australia, National Geographic Channel is carried by Foxtel, Optus, Austar, Neighbourhood Cable, TransTV, and SelecTV. The Australian version includes Australian guest presenters of promotional material and to introduce certain programs, series and specials.

In New Zealand, National Geographic Channel is broadcast on SKY Network Television and TelstraClear InHomeTV.

In South Africa, the channel is carried by Digital Satellite Television (also known as DStv) is MultiChoice's multi-channel digital satellite TV service in Africa.

In the middle east an Arabic version is broadcasting free to air on Nilesat as National Geographic Abu Dhabi. It is co-owned by the National Geographic Society/Fox International Channels & Abu Dhabi Media Company.

Theme fanfare music

The National Geographic Channel's signature theme fanfare music is composed by Elmer Bernstein, which is usually played at the beginning of many of the channel's television programs.

Other National Geographic Channels

Nat Geo Music

Designed to offer an alternative music video channel for both international and smaller independent local labels with a focus on cultural lyrics and rhythms. Nat Geo Music became available in Italy on 15 October 2007, and will later be broadcast around the world.[1]

Nat Geo Junior

Nat Geo Junior is broadcast in Netherlands, Belgium, India and created specifically for children. Nat Geo Junior also features as a block of programming on the National Geographic Channel in Asia.[2][3]

National Geographic Channel HD

National Geographic Channel HD Logo

National Geographic Channel HD (NGC HD) in the USA is a 720p high definition simulcast of the National Geographic Channel. It launched in January 2006. It is available nationwide on satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network and on several cable providers.

In Canada, the Canadian edition of NGC HD launched on 19 December 2006. It is available nationally via the country's two satellite services, Shaw Direct on channel 276 and Bell TV on channel 828, as well as on various digital cable systems.

In Australia this channel has available on the Foxtel HD+ Service since 1 July 2008.

In Asia Pacific, this channel was the first channel to support 1080i HD and 5.1-channel surround sound. The channel was commercially available in Singapore via StarHub TV Channel 301 on 18 January 2007, followed by Vietnam via Vietbao CATV on 29 October 2007. It was also available exclusively on now TV Channel 218 on 19 December 2007 in Hong Kong.

In Poland, this channel is available as of mid-2007 on Cyfra Plus platform; however, only with the Polish soundtrack.

In Slovakia, this channel is available since 2008 in digital TV product UPC Digital.

In Czech Republic, this channel is available since spring 2008 on digital cable from UPC Digital, channel 54. Both, Czech and Slovak feeds of NGC HD are transmitted directly from the UK (Sky+ HD) and come with English audio track only (DD/AC3)

In Romania, this channel is rumored that will be available on digital cable from UPC Romania.

In Latin America, this channel is a programming block on the Fox HD channel.

National Geographic Adventure

National Geographic Wild

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