Discovery Family

Discovery Family is an American cable television channel co-owned by Discovery, Inc. and Hasbro. The network airs a mix of family-oriented series, with daytime hours devoted primarily to youth-oriented programming, and its prime time lineup features non-fiction programs from Discovery Channel's library, including science and nature programs.

Discovery Family
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersSilver Spring, Maryland, United States
Programming
Language(s)English
Picture format1080i (16:9) HDTV (downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
Ownership
Owner
Sister channels
History
LaunchedOctober 7, 1996; 25 years ago (1996-10-07) (Discovery Kids)
October 13, 2014; 7 years ago (2014-10-13) (Discovery Family)
Former names
  • Discovery Kids Channel (1996–2002)
  • Discovery Kids (2002–10)
  • The Hub (2010–13)
  • Hub Network (2013–14)
Links
Websitewww.discoveryfamilychannel.com
Availability
Cable
Available on most providersChannel slots vary on each operator
Satellite
Dish Network
  • Channel 179 (HD/SD)
DirecTV/Stream
  • Channel 294 (HD/SD)
IPTV
Verizon Fios
  • Channel 259 (SD)
  • Channel 789 (HD)
Google FiberCheck local listings for channel
U-verse TV
  • Channel 335 (SD)
  • Channel 1335 (HD)
Streaming media
PhiloInternet Protocol television
HuluInternet Protocol television

The network was first launched on October 7, 1996 as Discovery Kids Channel, a spin-off of Discovery Channel that featured science, nature and adventure-themed programs aimed towards children aged 6 to 11. In April 2009, Hasbro announced a joint venture with Discovery, Inc. to relaunch Discovery Kids as The Hub (later Hub Network) on October 10, 2010; Hasbro handled programming while Discovery handled distribution and advertising sales. The Hub was intended to be a general, youth-oriented network with a diverse lineup, primarily featuring programming adapted from Hasbro franchises (such as Transformers, its board games, My Little Pony, Pound Puppies, and Littlest Pet Shop) along with other family-oriented programs such as sitcom reruns and films.

On September 25, 2014, following reports earlier in the year that Hub Network president Margaret Loesch would step down by the end of the year, Discovery acquired 10% of Hasbro's stake in the network, and replaced Loesch with Henry Schleiff, who leads sister networks such as Destination America and Investigation Discovery. On October 13, 2014, Hub Network was rebranded as Discovery Family; Hasbro remains a minority partner, and programs the network's daytime lineup with children's programs carried over from Hub Network.


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