Discovery Channel (known as The Discovery Channel from 1985 to 1995, and often referred to as simply Discovery) is an American multinational pay television network and flagship channel owned by Discovery, Inc., a publicly traded company run by CEO David Zaslav. As of June 2012[update], Discovery Channel was the third most widely distributed subscription channel in the United States, behind TBS and The Weather Channel; it is available in 409 million households worldwide, through its U.S. flagship channel and its various owned or licensed television channels internationally.
|Headquarters||Silver Spring, Maryland|
(via second audio track)
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to 480i letterbox for the SDTV feed)
|Owner||Discovery, Inc. (pending merge approval with WarnerMedia to form Warner Bros. Discovery)|
|Launched||June 17, 1985|
|Former names||The Discovery Channel (1985–1995)|
|Selective TV Inc.|
|Verizon FiOS||Channel 120 (SD)|
Channel 620 (HD)
|DirecTV||Channel 278 (HD)|
Channel 1278 (VOD)
|Dish Network||Channel 182 (HD)|
|C-Band||AMC 10-Channel 21|
|U-verse TV||Channel 120 (SD)|
Channel 1120 (HD)
|Sling TV||Internet Protocol television|
|YouTube TV||Internet Protocol television|
|Philo||Internet Protocol television|
|Hulu + Live TV||Internet Protocol television|
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[update], Discovery Channel is available to approximately 88,589,000 pay television households in the United States.