National Geographic Channel
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|National Geographic Channel|
|Launched||September 1, 1997|
|Owned by||National Geographic Channel U.S.
Fox Cable Networks (News Corporation) (67%)
National Geographic Channel International Owned by:
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV/16:9 letterbox)
"Dare to Explore""
"This is Who We Are"
|Sister channel(s)||Nat Geo Wild|
|Dish Network||186 (HD/SD)
|Verizon FiOS||621 (HD)
|UPC Poland||370 (HD)
|AT&T U-verse||1265 (HD)
National Geographic Channel, also commercially abbreviated and trademarked as Nat Geo, is an American subscription channel, that airs non-fiction television programs produced by the National Geographic Society and other production companies. Like History and the Discovery Channel, the channel features documentaries with factual content involving nature, science, culture, and history, plus some reality programming. The channel is owned primarily by Fox Cable Networks, a division of News Corporation. Its primary sister network worldwide, including the United States, is Nat Geo Wild, which focuses on animal programming, including the popular Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan.
In September 1997, the world's first National Geographic Channel was launched in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia. In July 1998, National Geographic Channel Asia was launched in partnership and distribution with STAR TV (Before replacing NBC Asia Channel. The same happened in NBC Europe's demise in 1998). Today, the channel is available in over 143 countries, seen in more than 160 million homes and in 25 languages.
In the United States, National Geographic Channel, launched on January 12, 2001, is a joint venture of National Geographic Television & Film and Fox Cable Networks. National Geographic provides programming expertise and the Fox Networks Group provides its expertise on distribution, marketing, and ad sales.
In Canada, the channel (National Geographic Channel (Canada)) is owned by Shaw Media and National Geographic Channel USA, while the European versions are operated in partnership with Fox's sister company, British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB), which has since sold to Fox in 2007. This includes an English language version for the UK, Iceland and Republic of Ireland, which is carried on BSkyB's own Sky Digital pay TV service and also on TalkTalk TV in the UK, Sky Digital, UPC, Magnet Networks, SCTV in the Republic of Ireland and Skjarin in Iceland.
In Australia, National Geographic Channel is carried by Foxtel, Optus, Austar, Neighbourhood Cable, TransTV, and SelecTV. The Australian version includes Australian guest presenters of promotional material and to introduce certain programs, series and specials.
In South Africa, the channel is carried by Digital Satellite Television (also known as DStv) is MultiChoice's multi-channel digital satellite TV service in Africa.
In the Middle East, an Arabic version is broadcasting free to air on Nilesat as National Geographic Abu Dhabi. It is co-owned by the National Geographic Society/Fox International Channels and Abu Dhabi Media Company.
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Other National Geographic Channels 
Nat Geo Music 
Designed to offer an alternative music video channel for both international and smaller independent local labels with a focus on cultural lyrics and rhythms. Nat Geo Music became available in Italy on October 15, 2007, and will later be broadcast around the world.
Nat Geo Junior 
Nat Geo Junior is broadcasted in the Netherlands, Belgium, India and created specifically for children. Nat Geo Junior also features as a block of programming on the National Geographic Channel in Asia.
National Geographic Channel HD 
National Geographic Channel HD (NGC HD) in the USA is a 720p high definition simulcast of the National Geographic Channel. It launched in January 2006. It is available nationwide on satellite providers DirecTV, Dish Network, and on several cable providers.
In Canada, the Canadian edition of NGC HD launched on December 19, 2006. It is available nationally via the country's two satellite services, Shaw Direct on channel 276 and Bell TV on channel 828, as well as on various digital cable systems.
In Australia this channel has been available on the Foxtel HD+ Service since July 1, 2008.
In Asia Pacific, this channel was the first channel to support 1080i HD and 5.1-channel surround sound. The channel was commercially available in Singapore via StarHub TV Channel 301 on January 18, 2007, followed by Vietnam via Vietnam Multimedia Corporation (VTC). It was also available exclusively on now TV Channel 218 on December 19, 2007 in Hong Kong. Two years later, it became available as part of the initial bouquet of HD channels on Astro B.yond in Malaysia.
In Poland, this channel is available as of mid-2007 on Cyfra Plus platform with Polish and English soundtrack.
In Slovakia, this channel is available since 2008 in digital TV product UPC Digital.
In Czech Republic, this channel is available since spring 2008 on digital cable from UPC Digital, channel 54. Both Czech and Slovak feeds of NGC HD were transmitted directly from the UK (Sky+ HD) and came with English audio track only (DD/AC3). This was later changed and this countries now have European feed, which is expected to be localized in the Czech language in autumn 2011. Since July 20, 2011, this channel is also available in both countries in Skylink.
In Turkey, this channel is available since 2008 in digital TV product Digiturk.
In Latin America, this channel is a programming block on the Fox HD channel.
In Greece, this channel is available since December 22, 2010 in NOVA Greece.
In India, this channel is available since April 15, 2011. It can be viewed on Dish TV, Airtel Digital TV, Reliance Digital TV, Sun Direct HD and Tata(Sky+HD featuring Multilingual support (English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali), 1080i (Full HD) & 5.1 surround sound.
In Iran, this channel is available since October 15, 2011. It can be viewed on W3A - 10721h - Vertical - FEC 2/4.
National Geographic Adventure 
Nat Geo Wild 
Nat Geo Mundo 
In the press 
In 2013, the network began airing the reality show Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?. National Geographic was criticized for their association with the Boy Scouts of America, an organization which forbids openly gay members.
See also 
- National Geographic Channel (Australia)
- National Geographic Abu Dhabi
- National Geographic Farsi
- Nat Geo Adventure Channel Australia
- National Geographic Channel (Canada)
- National Geographic Channel (UK)
- National Geographic Channel (Asia)
- National Geographic Channel (Greece)
- National Geographic Channel (South Korea)
- List of programs broadcast by National Geographic Channel
- List of documentary channels
- "International Geographic.". Television Business International. October 1, 1997. p. 172.
- "NGCI launches Nat Geo Music" (Press release). National Geographic Channels (International). August 21, 2007. Retrieved September 24, 2007.
- Indiantelevision.com > Breaking News > NGC to launch Nat Geo Junior from January 24
- National Geographic Channel Asia Nat Geo Junior for young viewers
- National Geographic Channel Latvia
- "National Geographic Launches Nat Geo Mundo, New Network For Multi-Generational And Bicultural U.S. Latinos". April 4, 2011. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
- National Geographic Channel U.S.A.
- National Geographic Channel UK
- National Geographic Channel Russia
- National Geographic Channel India
- National Geographic Channel Australia
- National Geographic Channel Netherlands
- National Geographic Channel Iran(Persian)