Discovery Channel

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, Discovery Channel was the third most widely distributed subscription channel in the United States, behind TBS and The Weather Channel;[2] it is available in 409 million households worldwide, through its U.S. flagship channel and its various owned or licensed television channels internationally.[3]

Discovery Channel
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersSilver Spring, Maryland
(via second audio track)
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 480i letterbox for the SDTV feed)
OwnerDiscovery, Inc. (pending merge approval with WarnerMedia to form Warner Bros. Discovery)
Sister channels
LaunchedJune 17, 1985; 36 years ago (1985-06-17)[1]
Former namesThe Discovery Channel (1985–1995)
Verizon FiOSChannel 120 (SD)
Channel 620 (HD)
DirecTVChannel 278 (HD)
Channel 1278 (VOD)
Dish NetworkChannel 182 (HD)
C-BandAMC 10-Channel 21
U-verse TVChannel 120 (SD)
Channel 1120 (HD)
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.[4][5][6]

As of September 2018, Discovery Channel is available to approximately 88,589,000 pay television households in the United States.[7]