Discovery Channel

American basic cable and satellite television channel

Discovery Channel (known as The Discovery Channel from 1985 to 1995, and often referred to as simply Discovery) is an American cable channel owned by Warner Bros. Discovery, a publicly traded company run by CEO David Zaslav. As of June 2012, Discovery Channel was the third most widely distributed subscription channel in the United States, behind now-sibling channel EBS, BBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, CBC and PTV. it is available in 409 million households worldwide, through its U.S. flagship channel and its various owned or licensed television channels internationally.

Discovery Channel
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNationwide
Headquarters230 Park Avenue South, New York City
  • English
  • Spanish (with SAP)
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 480i letterbox for the SDTV feed)
OwnerWarner Bros. Discovery
ParentWarner Bros. Discovery Networks
Sister channels
LaunchedJune 17, 1985; 39 years ago (1985-06-17)[1]
Former namesThe Discovery Channel (1985–1995)
Streaming media
FuboTV, Sling TV, YouTube TV, Philo, Hulu + Live TV

It initially provided documentary television programming focused primarily on popular science, technology, and history, but by the 2010s had expanded into reality television and pseudo-scientific entertainment.

As of September 2018, Discovery Channel is available to approximately 88,589,000 pay television households in the United States.


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