BBC Knowledge (international)

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BBC Knowledge
BBC Knowledge.svg
Launched 2007
Owned by BBC Worldwide
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Country United Kingdom
Sister channel(s) CBeebies
CBBC
BBC World News
BBC Lifestyle
BBC HD
BBC Entertainment
BBC First
Website bbcknowledge.com
Availability
Terrestrial
Mediaset Premium Channel 342
Igloo Channel 11
Satellite
Foxtel/Austar Channel 612 (SD/HD)
Channel 1612 (SD)
SKY TV Channel 74 (SD/HD)
Channel 74 (SD)
Cyfra+ Channel 89
n Channel 70 (HD)
Channel 216 (SD)
Orange TV Channel 90 (SD)
Channel 93 (HD)
Indovision Channel 200
DStv Channel 184
One TV[disambiguation needed] Channel 34
Digiturk Channel 183
TrueVisions Channel 568
Cable
Foxtel Channel 612 (SD/HD)
Channel 1612 (SD)
Optus TV Channel 612
StarHub TV Channel 407
Cable TV Hong Kong Channel 49
UPC Poland Channel 393
Vectra (Poland) Channel 512
Canal Digital (Norway) Channel 33
SkyCable Channel TBA
Cablelink Coming Soon
IPTV
now TV Channel 220
UniFi (Malaysia) Channel 501
Xbox 360 (Australia) Channel 612
Vodafone TV Channel 74

BBC Knowledge is a television channel available in various countries outside the United Kingdom, showcasing factual and non-fiction entertainment programming from the BBC and independent UK production houses. Wholly owned by BBC Worldwide, it is not related to the previous channel known as BBC Knowledge, an early digital channel available within the UK, which closed down in 2002 in favour of BBC Four and CBeebies. On 15 November 2009, BBC Knowledge in Australia changed their channel location from Channel 619 to Channel 612.

The channel provides five key programming strands enabling simple appointment viewing:

  • The World delves and explores new cultures around the world
  • Science & Technology explores new frontiers, from space to motoring
  • People explores aspects of the human body and mind
  • The Past brings historical events, places and people back to life
  • Business offers invaluable advice to help stay on top of today’s challenging business world.

In 2014 in was announced that BBC Worldwide would rollout a new channel, BBC Earth, which would replace BBC Knowledge in most locations, except for where it was successful.[1]

Launch dates[edit]

BBC Knowledge was first launched in Singapore on mio TV in July 2007. It has been available on now TV in Hong Kong since October 2007 and on the Cyfrowy Polsat digital satellite platform in Poland from December 2007 (Cyfra Plus in Poland plans its launch only on 1 Feb 2011 due to prior exclusive BBC deals with Polsat). BBC Knowledge launched in Indonesia on Indovision in April 2008, and in South Africa on DStv in September 2008. It has since also launched in the Scandinavian countries in November 2008 when it replaced BBC Prime on Canal Digital and several cable systems. It was launched in Australia on Foxtel and Optus Television on 1 November 2008; in South Korea on CJ HelloVision on 1 December 2008 and on GS Gangnam Broadcasting on 26 May 2009.

On June 2009, citing the lack of viewership, the BBC terminated its carriage deal with SingTel's mio TV to air BBC Knowledge, (along with CBeebies and Lifestyle),[2] and entered into an agreement with StarHub TV to carry the channels from 1 August 2009.

BBC Knowledge was launched on Cable TV Hong Kong on 29 October 2009.[3]

The channel was launched in New Zealand in March 2011 replacing the Documentary Channel following that channel's sale to BBC Worldwide.[4]

From 1 March 2011 the channel is broadcast in Italy too. It's visible, in standard definition, on Mediaset Premium.

In 9 January 2013 RCS&RDS launched the channel in Romania

In 13 August 2013 the channel launched on Digiturk in Turkey. [5]

Programming[edit]

Asia[edit]

Australia[edit]

New Zealand[edit]

Poland[edit]

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