National Geographic Channel

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National Geographic Channel
National Geographic Channel logo
Launched September 1, 1997[1]
Owned by Fox Cable Networks (21st Century Fox) (67%)
National Geographic Channel International Owned by:
Fox Entertainment Group (21st Century Fox) (50%)
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
720p (HDTV)
480i (SDTV/16:9 letterbox)
Slogan Live Curious
Think again.
Dare to Explore
This is Who We Are
Country United States
Language English
Broadcast area Worldwide
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Sister channel(s) Nat Geo Wild
DirecTV 276 (HD/SD)
1276 (VOD)
Dish Network 186 (HD/SD)
9429 (HD)
DSTV 181[2]
DishHD 6190
Verizon FiOS 121 (HD)*
621 (SD)*
*They are switched up (as of 1/9/2014).
UPC Poland 370 (HD)
369 (SD)
AT&T U-verse 1265 (HD)
265 (SD)

National Geographic Channel (also commercially abbreviated and trademarked as Nat Geo) is an American digital cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the National Geographic Society and the Fox Cable Networks division of 21st Century Fox.

The channel airs non-fiction television programs produced by National Geographic and other production companies. Like History and the Discovery Channel, the channel features documentaries with factual content involving nature, science, culture, and history, plus some reality and pseudo-scientific entertainment programming. Its primary sister network worldwide, including the United States, is Nat Geo Wild, which focuses on animal-related programming, including the popular Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan.

As of August 2013, approximately 84,446,000 American households (73.95% of households with television) receive the National Geographic Channel.[3]


In September 1997, the first National Geographic Channels were launched in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.[1] In July 1998, National Geographic Channel Asia was launched in partnership and distribution with STAR TV (before replacing NBC Asia Channel; the same happened after 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, the National Geographic Channel, launched on January 12, 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 advertising sales.

In Canada, the channel (National Geographic Channel (Canada)) is owned by Shaw Media and National Geographic Channel U.S., while the European versions are operated in partnership with Fox's sister company, British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB), which had been 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 television 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 television 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 and Abu Dhabi Media Company. In India, the channel was launched on July 1, 1998, in a joint venture with STAR TV.

The Latin American feed was launched in November 2000.

TV shows

The National Geographic Channel's TV Shows in alphabetical order:

Theme fanfare music

The National Geographic Channel's signature theme fanfare music, which is played at the beginning of many of the channel's television programs, is composed by Elmer Bernstein. It was originally composed in 1964 for the Society's television specials, which were broadcast on CBS, ABC, PBS and NBC from 1964 until the early 2000s.

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 October 15, 2007, and will later be broadcast around the world.[4]

Nat Geo Junior

Nat Geo Junior is available in Belgium, India, and the Netherlands and is formatted specifically for children. Nat Geo Junior is also featured as a programming block on the National Geographic Channel in Asia.[5]

National Geographic Channel HD

National Geographic Channel HD logo.

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

In Canada, the Canadian version of NGC HD launched on December 19, 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 been available on the Foxtel HD+ service since July 1, 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 January 18, 2007, followed by Vietnam via Vietnam Multimedia Corporation (VTC). It was also available exclusively on now TV channel 218 on December 19, 2007 in Hong Kong. Two years later, it became available as part of the initial bouquet of HD channels on Astro B.yond in Malaysia.

In Albania, this channel has been available since 2007 on Digitalb platform; which is the biggest HD channel broadcaster in eastern Europe and Balkans with 14 HD channels.

In Malaysia, this channel is available on Astro (Malaysian satellite television).

In Poland, this channel is available as of mid-2007 on Cyfra Plus platform with Polish and English soundtrack.

In Israel, this channel is available since late 2007 in HOT (cable) and yes (satellite).

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 were transmitted directly from the UK (Sky+ HD) and came with English audio track only (DD/AC3). This was later changed and this countries now have the European feed, which is expected to be localized in the Czech language in autumn 2011. Since July 20, 2011, this channel is also available in both countries in Skylink.

In Turkey, this channel is available since 2008 on digital television provider Digiturk.

In Romania, this channel is available since February 1, 2010 on digital cable (DVB-C) from UPC Romania and since June 1, 2010 from RCS-RDS.

In Latin America, National Geographic Channel is carried a programming block on the Fox HD channel.

In Greece, this channel has been available since December 22, 2010 in NOVA Greece.

In India, this channel has been available since April 15, 2011. It is carried on Videocon d2h, Dish TV, Airtel Digital TV, Reliance Digital TV, Sun Direct HD and Tata(Sky+HD featuring multilingual support (English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali), 1080i (full HD) and 5.1 surround sound.

In Latvia,[6] this channel has been available since October 1, 2011. It can be viewed on Lattelecom and many cable networks.

In Iran, this channel has been available since October 15, 2011. It can be viewed on W3A - 10721h - Vertical - FEC 2/4.

In Indonesia, this channel is available on Skynindo, Indovision and First Media.

National Geographic Adventure

National Geographic Adventure, formerly known as Adventure One (A1) but now commonly known as Nat Geo Adventure, is a subscription TV channel part of National Geographic Channels International and 21st Century Fox. It is aimed at younger audiences, providing programming based around outdoor adventure, travel and stories involving people having fun while exploring the world.

Nat Geo Wild

Nat Geo Wild (stylized as Nat Geo WILD or abbreviated as NGW) is a cable/satellite TV channel focused on animal-related programs. It is a sister network to National Geographic Channel and it is the latest channel to be jointly launched by the National Geographic Society and Fox Cable Networks. It first launched in Hong Kong on January 1, 2006,[1] focusing primarily on wildlife and natural history programming. The channel later launched in the United Kingdom, Turkey, Ireland, Romania, India, Vietnam, and Poland replacing the now defunct Adventure One. The channel remains the world's first bilingual wildlife service, available in English and Cantonese in the Hong Kong market as well as Tagalog in The Philippines. The channel launched in Latin America on November 1, 2009 as a high definition channel.[5] In 2010, it launched in the United States.

Nat Geo Mundo

A channel for U.S. Hispanics includes original programming for the audience. The channel launched in 2011.[7]

In the press

In 2013, the network began airing the reality show Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?. National Geographic Channel was criticized for their association with the Boy Scouts of America, an organization, which until a vote in May of that year that overturned its ban, had forbidden openly gay members.[8]

In 2013 a large criminal investigation of Prague's criminal police department revealed that all events depicted in the Scam City episode set in Prague were staged and the scammers were actually hired actors.[9]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "International Geographic.". Television Business International. October 1, 1997. p. 172. 
  3. Seidman, Robert (August 23, 2013). "List of How Many Homes Each Cable Networks Is In - Cable Network Coverage Estimates As Of August 2013". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  4. "NGCI launches Nat Geo Music" (Press release). National Geographic Channels (International). August 21, 2007. Retrieved September 24, 2007. 
  5. > Breaking News > NGC to launch Nat Geo Junior from January 24
  6. National Geographic Channel Latvia
  7. "National Geographic Launches Nat Geo Mundo, New Network For Multi-Generational And Bicultural U.S. Latinos". April 4, 2011. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  8. "Prague may sue National Geographic over report harming its reputation," Prague Daily Monitor, October 9, 2013.

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