List of documentary television channels

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This is a list of documentary channels including channels that have been affected by "channel drift".[1][2] It also contains channels accused of a biased point-of-view.

Name Launch Country Language Content focus Change of content/Bias Examples of content in original focus (Past and Present)
ABC 1943 USA English Mass media, United States cable news Live broadcasts (sports), tv shows (television programs), reality shows Good Morning America
A&E 1984 USA English Documentaries, biographies and crime dramas (originally) Reality shows, stereotypes (Southerners) The First 48, Criminal Minds, CSI:Miami
AMC 1984 USA English Classic movies TV shows, reality shows The Three Stooges
Al Jazeera Documentary Channel 2007 Qatar Arabic Documentary films (movies)
American Heroes Channel 1999 USA English World War II, U.S. war documentaries
Animal Planet 1996 USA English Wildlife, animals, relation between humans and animals Speculative fiction and pseudo-documentaries (mermaids, dragons, etc.), Non-animal shows[3][4][5][6] Cats 101, Dogs 101
APTN 1992 Canada English Programs and news about Aboriginal peoples in Canada Some non-Aboriginal programming[7] APTN National News, Blackstone, Cooking With the Wolfman
Arte 1992 France, Germany French, German Arts, culture
BBC 1922 UK English Mass media, public broadcasting
BBC Four 1999 UK English Culture, current affairs
BBC Knowledge 2007 UK English Non-interrupted documentaries
BBC Parliament 1992 UK English Parliamentary and legislative programs
Biography Channel 1999 USA English Biographical shows Reality shows, speculative fiction (curses, alien and ghost encounters)[8] Biography
Bravo 1995 Canada English Television dramas, films, art-related programming Film-dramas, non-art TV shows[9][10][11] Inside the Actors Studio,Blue Bloods, 19-2, Dallas, Criminal Minds
Canal D 1995 Canada French Crime, biographies, nature, and science
CBS (originally as United Independent Broadcasters) 1927 USA English United States cable news
CCTV-9 2011 China It has two editions: one in Chinese for mainland China, one in English for international broadcasting. Documentary shows
Challenge (formerly Family Channel UK) 1993 UK English Sitcoms, game shows, dramas, general entertainment Only game shows[12]
CMT 1983 USA English Country music, country music videos CMT Crossroads, CMT Hot 20 Countdown
CMT (Canada) 1995 Canada English Country music, country music videos Blue Collar Comedy Tour, Canadian Country Music Awards, CMT Music Awards
CNBC 1989 USA English business news, stocks
CNN 1980 USA English United States cable news, documentaries Accused of both conservative and liberal bias in news[13] News covering both conservative and liberal topics
Comedy Network 1997 Canada English Comedy programming
C-SPAN 1979 USA English Government proceedings and public affairs
C-SPAN 2 1986 USA English Government proceedings and public affairs
C-SPAN 3 2001 USA English Government proceedings and public affairs
Crime and Investigation Network 2004 USA English Crime-related
Da Vinci Learning 2007 Germany English History, sociology, biology, physics
Discovery Channel 1985 USA English Popular science, technology and history Reality shows, speculative fiction (time-travel, alternate universes, the paranormal, etc.), speculative fiction[14][15][16][17][18] Mythbusters, Daily Planet, Curiosity, The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius, Frozen Planet, Life
Destination America 1996 USA English Traveling, how-to travel, hotel and cities touring, lifestyle, history Speculative Fiction [19] Hidden in America
Discovery Historia 2006 Poland Polish History
Discovery History 1999 UK English History
Discovery Fit & Health 2011 USA English Fitness and health
Discovery World 1998 USA English Travel, culture and history
documentary 2001 Canada English Documentary films
DoQ 2007 Hungary Hungarian
DTour 1997 Canada English Travel, lifestyle
Encore 1991 USA English Theatrically released feature films (older to more recent), TV shows (on some channels)
Encuentro 2007 Argentina Spanish History, science and general culture
Food Network 1993 USA English Food, cooking, cuisine, the food industry
Food Network (Canada) 2000 Canada English Food, cooking, cuisine, the food industry
Fox News Channel 1996 USA English United States cable news Accused of conservative bias[20][21][22] in news although this has been stated as unsubstantiated by members of Fox News[23][24][25][26][27][28]
France 5 1994 France French Documentaries, educational programming
Fuse (Originally MuchMusicUSA) 1994 USA English Music, music videos (Popular music) Reality shows[29] Top 20 Countdown
G4 2002 USA English Male- oriented programming, video games General programming[30][31]
H2 1996 USA Mainly English War documentaries, historical fiction series Speculative fiction [32] Big History, The Universe, The Real
HGTV 1994 USA English How-to shows with a focus on home improvement, gardening, remodeling and crafts
Historia 2000 Canada French Historic dramas, documentaries, movies, human interests programs
History 1995 USA English Documentary and historical fiction series Reality shows, Speculative documentaries (Ancient Aliens), apocalypse shows, US-biased history, non-historic reality shows, stereotypes (Southerners), bias in program topics (World War II, Nazis)[33][34][35][36][37][38] Museum Secrets, Ancients Behaving Badly
History (Canada) 1997 Canada English Documentary and historical fiction series Reality shows, apocalypse shows, speculative fiction[39]
HLN 1984 USA English 30-minute newscast Tabloid, crime, opinion,[40][41][42] and entertainment news-related programming[43] Morning Express with Robin Meade
Investigation Discovery 1996 USA English Crime-related
Knowledge Network 1981 Canada English Politics, culture, history, arts, music, health, parenting, and science
Kunskapskanalen 2004 Sweden Swedish Government proceedings, Educational
MCM 1989 France French Music videos (Popular music, French music) Reality shows, horror series, anime shows[44] Top 50 hebdo, MCM sur le dancefloor, Top 50 quotidien
Military History 1999 USA English World War II, wars, generals
IRIB Mostanad 2011 Iran Persian Culture, arts, society, politics, history, wild, nature and Iran-Iraq war
MSNBC
MTV 1981 USA English Music, Music videos (Popular music) Reality shows, cartoons, stereotypes (teenagers, LGBTs, etc.)[45] MTV Unplugged, Video Music Awards, MTV Live[46]
MTV2 1996 USA English Commercial-free music videos Reality shows, Sitcoms, Soap Operas 120 Minutes, Rock The Deuce
MTV Fakta (previously MTV3 Fakta) 2006 Finland Finnish Documentaries
National Geographic Channel 1997 USA English Nature, culture, science, engineering & technology, history & society Reality shows/stereotypes (Navajo, Southerners shows, the Amish and other minority groups) & apocalypse shows[47][48][49] Explorer, Taboo
National Geographic Abu Dhabi 2009 United Arab Emirates Arabic Documentaries
National Geographic Adventure 1994 Singapore English Outdoor, travel and exploration
Nat Geo Music 2007 Italy English Documentaries about cultures and music around the world
National Geographic Wild 2006 Hong Kong English Wildlife, natural history
NBC 1926 USA English United States cable news, commercial broadcast television and radio network
Nickelodeon 1977 USA English Youth programs
OLN 1997 Canada English Fact-based outdoor adventure shows Speculative fiction (aliens, ghosts, monsters, paranormal), reality shows, conspiracy theories[50] Departures, Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan, Descending, Duck Commander, Python Hunters, Survivorman, Mantracker
PBS 1970 USA English Non- profit television, fine arts, drama, science, history, music, public affairs, independent films, home improvement, interviews Accused of anti-Communist and liberal point-of-view[51][52]
Phoenix 1997 Germany German Documentaries, news broadcasts, special events, discussion programmes
Planète+ 1988 France French Documentaries
Rai Scuola 2009 Italy Italian Educational
Rai Storia 2009 Italy Italian Historical events, occasionally with current relevance
RT Documentary 2011 Russia English, Russian Russia
Russian Travel Guide 2009 Russia English, Russian, Turkish Nature, science, culture, and history of the Russian Federation
Science 1996 USA English Space, technology and science Speculative fiction, non- science shows [53][54] The Challenger Disaster,How Do They Do It?, How It's Made, Futurescape, What Is That?, How The Universe Works, Wonders of Life
Showcase 1995 Canada English Canadian and worldwide independent films, drama, comedy, mini-series American shows and movies[55][56]
Space 1997 Canada English Science fiction, Space-related programming Reality shows, fantasy, horror, paranormal[57] InnerSPACE, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, Stargate Universe, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate SG-1, Doctor Who
Spektrum 1995 Hungary, Czech Republic Hungarian, Czech
Spike (Formally The Nashville Network) 1983 USA English (Originally) country music videos (Now) Male-oriented programming Reality shows, speculative fiction[58]
Syfy (Formerly Sci Fi Channel) 1996 USA English Classic science fiction shows Supernatural, drama, fantasy, reality, paranormal, wrestling, horror
Teletoon 1997 Canada English Cartoons Cartoon-based live action movies
The Weather Channel 1982 USA English Weather news and information Documentary programs[59][60]
The Weather Network 1988 Canada English Weather news and information
TCM 1994 USA English Classic Movies
TLC 1972 USA English Educational Reality shows based on lifestyles, stereotypes (Mormons, Amish, Polygamy, Southerners Roma (Gypsies), Spiritists)[61][62][63][64] Who Do You Think You Are?
Travel Channel 1987 USA English Traveling, how-to travel, hotel and cities touring Paranormal (haunted places, ghosts)[65] Marianela's Best Beaches, Edge of America, No Reservations., Samantha Brown, Best of the Road, Off Limits, Top 5
TruTV 1991 USA English Legal programming Reality shows[66]
TV4 Fakta 2005 Sweden Swedish Science
VH1 1985 USA English Music videos, adult contemporary TV shows, reality tv The Greatest
Viasat Nature 1994 Sweden Swedish, Danish, Norwegian Nature and wildlife
Viasat Explorer 2002 Sweden English Wild animals, extreme sports, adventure, travel and technology
Viasat History 2004 Sweden English History, culture and society
W Network 1995 Canada English Women-oriented feminist programming[67] Primetime movies
YLE Teema 2001 Finland Finnish Learning, culture and sciences

Defunct channels

Name Launch Closed Country Language Content focus
Bravo 1985 2011 UK English Cable only channel, black & white B-movies
Cultural·es 1994 2010 Spain Spanish Biographies, travel programmes, Spanish history and culture
Documentary Channel 2007 2011 New Zealand English Documentary programming
Documentary Channel 2006 2013 USA English Documentary programming, independent documentary films
Qubo 2006 2012 USA English Children's programming
TVR Cultural 2002 2012 Romania Romanian Arts, cultural news, shows, musicals and theatrical pieces
XLEAGUE.TV 2006 2009 UK English Competitive video gaming

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