Discovery Channel is a Pan-African version of the American broadcaster of the same name, hosted on the DStv satellite platform, which offers non-fiction entertainment in the areas of history, nature, science & technology, world class culture and human adventure.
DStv: Channel 121
DStv Adults, male bias
576i (SDTV, 16:9) - DStv
1080i (HDTV, 16:9) - DStv (since 30 June, 2014)
"Born to Thrill" (since June 2014)
Launching in South Africa on the DStv platform in the second half of 1996, Discovery Channel has been a part of the satcaster's stable since then.
On 30 June, 2014 the channel began simulcasting in full HD for the first time, replacing the Discovery HD Showcase channel, which in turn was made available exclusively to DStv viewers via the Explora HD PVR decoder VOD service and Online VOD.
Discovery Channel is owned by Discovery Communications, the world's #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 2-billion cumulative subscribers in 224 countries and territories.
Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through 195 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as U.S. joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Hub and 3net, the first 24-hour 3D network.
Across the Nordic region, Discovery owns and operates SBS Discovery Media, a top-three portfolio of 15 television brands that feature leading nonfiction content, as well as locally produced entertainment programs, sports and the best scripted series and movies from major studios.
Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including Revision3.
In Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, 10 Discovery brands reach 243-million cumulative subscribers in 105 countries with programming customised in 19 languages.