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|Launched||February 1, 1987|
|Owned by||Scripps Networks Interactive (65%)
Cox Communications (35%)
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|Slogan||Travel Moves You.|
|Headquarters||Chevy Chase, Maryland, US|
|Sister channel(s)||Cooking Channel
Great American Country
|Dish Network||196 (HD/SD)
|Verizon FiOS||670 (HD)
|Available on most cable systems||check local listings|
|AT&T U-Verse||1254 (HD)
The Travel Channel is an American satellite and cable television channel that is headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, United States. It features documentaries, reality, and how-to shows related to travel and leisure around the United States and throughout the world. Programming has included shows in African animal safaris, tours of grand hotels and resorts, visits to significant cities and towns across the world, programming about various foods across the world, and programming about ghosts and the paranormal in notable buildings.
Travel Channel was launched by Trans World Airlines on February 1, 1987, presumably to boost airline patronage. The name was derived from travel-related filler programming offered by the Home Theater Network premium cable service. TWA purchased the name rights from Group W Satellite Communications in 1986, and following GWSC's shutdown of HTN in January 1987, took over HTN's transponder spot. The network was later sold to Landmark Communications, then owner of The Weather Channel, and later Paxson Communications. Discovery bought 70% of the channel in 1997, acquiring the rest in 1999. In May 2007, Discovery sold Travel Channel to Cox Enterprises subsidiary Cox Communications as part of a larger multi-billion dollar transaction. However, Discovery Communications still distributed the channel under Discovery Networks.
On November 5, 2009, it was announced that Scripps Networks Interactive had paid $1.1 billion for a 65% interest in the network. The deal closed in January 2010. Scripps currently distributes Travel Channel and rebroadcasts some programming on it from Food Network.
On 22 March 2012, Scripps Networks Interactive announced that it had agreed to pay £65m (US$102.7m) to acquire Travel Channel International Limited, the UK-based distributor of the Travel Channel brand across the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific markets. The deal was completed on 1 May 2012 following regulatory approval. The international channel will be integrated with Scripps' Travel Channel.
Travel Channel HD 
Travel Channel HD is a 1080i high definition simulcast of Travel Channel that launched on January 14, 2008. In the United States, it is available nationwide on Dish Network and DirecTV, and regionally on Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-Verse, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Cable, Charter, Cablevision, Bright House Networks, Buckeye CableSystem, Mediacom, Suddenlink, and Insight. When the network's operations were taken over by Scripps Networks, the network's presentation of series filmed in standard definition changed from a 14:9 pillarboxed presentation as had been done when owned by Discovery to Scripps's default HD format of video stretched across the screen.
- "Broadcasting Magazine". October 27, 1986. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
- Cox Cable Corporate Site - Cox Now Owns Travel Channel and TravelChannel.com
- Scripps Snaps Up Travel In Deal Valued At $1.1 Billion - Acquires 65% Interest In Service From Cox Multichannel News November 5, 2009
- "Scripps buys Travel Channel Int'l". C21Media. 22 March 2012.
- "Scripps Networks Interactive completes Travel Channel International acquisition". New York Times. 1 May 2012.
- Official website
- @TravelChannel on Twitter
- Travel Channel on Google+
- Channel Travel Channel on Facebook