Destination America

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Destination America
Destination America logo.svg
LaunchedOctober 1996; 22 years ago (1996-10)
Owned byDiscovery, Inc.
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersSilver Spring, Maryland
Formerly called
  • Discovery Travel & Living Network (1996–1998)
  • Discovery Home and Leisure (1998)
  • Discovery Home & Leisure Channel (1998–2004)
  • Discovery Home Channel (2004–2008)
  • Planet Green (2008–2012)
Sister channel(s)
Websitewww.destinationamerica.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTVChannel 286 (HD)
Dish NetworkChannel 194 (HD)
C-BandAMC 11-Channel 615 (4DTV Digital)
Cable
Available on most providersChannel slots vary on each operator
Verizon FiOS
  • Channel 168 (SD)
  • Channel 668 (HD)
IPTV
AT&T U-verse
  • Channel 465 (SD)
  • Channel 1465 (HD)
Streaming media
PlayStation VueInternet Protocol television
Sling TVInternet Protocol television
PhiloInternet Protocol television

Destination America is an American pay television channel that is owned by Discovery Inc. The network first launched in 1996 as Discovery Travel & Living Network, as part of a suite of four digital cable networks the company launched that year. From its launch until 2008, the network primarily focused upon home improvement, cooking, and leisure-themed programs. In 2008, the network re-launched as Planet Green, which carried a focus on environmentalism and sustainable living; Discovery spent $50 million on developing programming for the network.

Planet Green was ultimately considered a failure; by 2010, the network had begun adding programming unrelated to ecology, and eventually populated its schedule with reruns of library programming ahead of a future rebranding. In May 2012, the channel re-launched as Destination America, which originally featured programming focused on American culture—including food, lifestyles, and travel (in a similar manner to then-former sister network Travel Channel). In 2016, the channel increased its focus on reality series devoted to paranormal topics and investigations.

As of February 2015, approximately 57,238,000 American households (49.2% of households with television) receive Destination America.[1]

History[edit]

The space was originally used for one of the four digital cable networks launched by Discovery Communications in 1996. The new networks were first announced in November 1994, with a launch planned for Spring 1995. At the time, the network had the working title Living and was described as "a home repair network".[2] The launch was delayed, and the channel made its debut in October 1996, originally known as Discovery Travel & Living and offering programming including do-it-yourself projects, cooking, interior design and landscaping, and party planning.

By 1998, it had settled on the name Discovery Home & Leisure, but the "Leisure" part of the name was dropped on March 29, 2004, when the channel became Discovery Home. Much of the travel-related programming was dropped in the process to provide more focus on home improvement and cooking.[3]

Planet Green[edit]

Planet Green. logo used from June 4, 2008 to May 25, 2012

In April 2007, during its upfronts, Discovery announced that Discovery Home would re-launch in 2008 as a new channel focused on environmentalism and sustainable living. The channel itself was announced as part of a $50 million corporate initiative known as "Planet Green", undertaken under Discovery's new CEO David Zaslav, which would include the production of programming on other Discovery channels (such as the Discovery Channel series Ten Ways to Save the Planet) that appeal to these themes, an "innovation conference", and making its headquarters carbon neutral. Zaslav stated that Discovery Home had been economically sound, but wasn't "serving this higher purpose".[4][5] On August 1, 2007, Discovery announced its acquisition of TreeHugger, a blog focusing on sustainable living. The site was to be positioned as a digital companion to the new channel.[6][7]

In October 2007, Discovery hired veteran producer Andy Friendly as a consultant for Planet Green's programming, and to executive produce a series for the channel.[8] The new series, Supper Club, was announced in January 2008, and would be hosted by Tom Bergeron (whom Friendly had helped cast as host for Hollywood Squares).[9] Further programming details were announced in Discovery's April 2008 upfronts, including specials hosted by NBC News correspondent Tom Brokaw, Battleground Earth, Emeril Green, Hollywood Green with Maria Menounos, and the Bill Nye-hosted Stuff Happens, among other series. It was announced that the network would launch on June 4, 2008, but that a "sneak peek" of the network's programming would become available via video on demand on April 17. Later that month, Planet Green ordered a weekly news series from ABC News (Focus Earth), hosted by Bob Woodruff, that would focus on environmental issues.[10][11]

Planet Green was one of the two highly-anticipated Discovery network re-launches spearheaded by Zaslav, the other being the Oprah Winfrey Network (a relaunch of Discovery Health that was ultimately delayed to January 2011).[12][13]

In March 2010, Planet Green's programming was broadened to include non-ecology themed shows; despite this broadened focus, in February 2011, Discovery Communications executives were acknowledging the channel's failure. Zaslav stated in a conference call with investors that Discovery "can probably do something else with that that would be more meaningful."[14] Shortly thereafter the channel had abandoned its theme, rerunning programs from other Discovery Communications channels and featuring programming blocks such as "Paranormal Fridays". Discovery announced a probable rebranding of the channel by the start of the summer of 2012.[14]

Destination America[edit]

Destination America logo used from May 26, 2012 to March 15, 2015

On April 4, 2012, Discovery announced through the early release of an article in USA Today that Planet Green would be re-branded as Destination America, a network focusing primarily on cuisine, natural history, and travel programming, appealing primarily towards Middle America. The launch lineup also featured programs that had previously aired on Travel Channel before its sale to Cox Communications. The channel was originally expected to have a Memorial Day launch on May 28, 2012.[15][16]

In 2015, TNA partnered with Discovery Communications to air the promotion's programming on Destination America, including Impact Wrestling. Later that year, the network also announced that it had signed a 26-week television deal for Ring of Honor's weekly show, Ring of Honor Wrestling, which would begin on June 3, 2015.[17] Impact moved to Pop in January 2016.[18]

The network also began to increase its focus on programs dealing with paranormal topics and investigations; on October 30, 2015, it aired Exorcism Live—a live special broadcast from the St. Louis site of the exorcism of Roland Doe, featuring the cast of Ghost Asylum and Chip Coffey.[19] The March 4, 2016 premiere of Paranormal Lockdown was among the highest-rated series premieres in the channel's history, which prompted further growth in the channel's focus on paranormal series. Destination America underwent a rebranding in 2017, with on-air presentation carrying a darker and "uneasy" atmosphere (including a signature "glitch" effect) to reflect its change in programming direction.[20]

Discovery's 2018 acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive brought Travel Channel back under its ownership; a rebranding of Travel Channel in October 2018 repositioned the network to focus more on paranormal programming.[21] Since then, Destination America's schedule has largely shifted back towards its original format,

Programming[edit]

Planet Green[edit]

Planet Green programming included ecologically themed shows built around celebrities including Ed Begley, Jr., Emeril Lagasse, Adrian Grenier, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ludacris, Tommy Lee, Tom Bergeron, SuChin Pak, Maria Menounos, Bob Woodruff, and Discovery Channel producer Tom Golden. In addition, celebrities gave 'green' tips within network bumpers that transitioned into and out of commercial breaks. The channel was programmed in eight-hour blocks, which repeated three times per day until April 2010. Lacking separate satellite feeds for the East and West coasts of the United States, prime-time programs ran from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern time and were then repeated.[22]

Shows previously seen on Planet Green include:

1 originally shown on Discovery Channel
2 originally shown on Animal Planet
3 originally shown on TLC
4 originally shown on FX

Current Destination America programming[edit]

  • A Haunting
  • Alaska Haunting
  • Alaska Monsters: Bigfoot Edition
  • America's Bermuda Triangle
  • America's Most Haunted Asylum
  • Amish Haunting
  • BBQ Pitmasters
  • Case Files: Unknown
  • The Demon Files
  • Destination Adventure
  • Evil Things
  • Exorcism: Live!
  • The Exorcist File: Haunted Boy
  • Ghost Asylum
  • Ghost Brothers
  • Ghostly Encounters[23]
  • Ghosts of Shepherdstown*Ghost Stories
  • The Haunted: Death Rises
  • Haunted Case Files
  • Haunted Collector
  • Haunted Towns
  • Helltown
  • Hillbilly Blood
  • Killing Bigfoot
  • Kindred Spirits
  • Lost UFO Files
  • Most Haunted
  • My Child Sees Dead People
  • My Haunted House
  • Monster Witness
  • Monsters and Mysteries in America
  • Monsters and Mysteries Unsolved
  • Monsters Underground
  • Mountain Monsters
  • Paranormal Lockdown
  • Paronormal Survivor
  • Project Afterlife
  • Shooting Bigfoot
  • Swamp Monsters
  • Terror in the Woods
  • UFOs: Uncovering the Truth
  • UFOs: The Untold Stories
  • Unsealed: Alien Files
  • What Went Wrong
  • When Ghosts Attack!
  • Wild Food
  • World's Scariest Ghosts Caught on Tape
  • The World's Strangest UFO Stories

Former programming[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Discovery plans launch of four newly created nets". Multichannel News. November 21, 1994. Archived from the original on April 13, 2012.
  3. ^ "Leisure Time Is Over". Multichannel News. February 29, 2004.
  4. ^ Siklos, Richard (April 5, 2007). "Discovery to Start Channel Focusing on Green Movement". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  5. ^ Schneider, Michael; Schneider, Michael (October 26, 2007). "Discovery goes Green for Friendly". Variety. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  6. ^ McCarthy, Caroline. "TreeHugger acquisition confirmed". CNET. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  7. ^ Thielman, Sam (August 2, 2007). "Discovery's 'Planet' growing". Variety. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  8. ^ Schneider, Michael; Schneider, Michael (October 26, 2007). "Discovery goes Green for Friendly". Variety. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  9. ^ Schneider, Michael; Schneider, Michael (February 1, 2008). "Bergeron to host 'Supper Club'". Variety. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  10. ^ Triplett, William; Triplett, William (April 23, 2008). "Bob Woodruff to host Discovery show". Variety. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  11. ^ Schneider, Michael; Schneider, Michael (April 9, 2008). "Discovery unveils programming details". Variety. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  12. ^ Stelter, Brian. "Oprah's Network Is Her Highest Hurdle". The New York Times. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
  13. ^ "Zaslav Holds To Growth Plan At Discovery". Mediapost. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  14. ^ a b Schneider, Michael (February 12, 2011). "Discovery Plans to Revamp Planet Green". TVGuide.com. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
  15. ^ "New Cable Network: Destination America". USA Today. May 2012.
  16. ^ Levin, Gary (April 4, 2012). "Discovery Networks to launch Destination America". USA Today. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  17. ^ Caldwell, James (May 27, 2015). "ROH news: ROH announces length of Dest. America TV deal". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
  18. ^ "Pop Gets Into Ring With Impact Wrestling To Become New TV Home". Deadline. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  19. ^ Moraes, Lisa de (July 30, 2015). "Live Exorcism Of Hellish "Exorcist" House To Air On Destination America – TCA". Deadline. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  20. ^ "Destination America Steps into the Unknown with Design Refresh". The Daily Brief. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  21. ^ White, Peter (February 12, 2019). "Travel Channel Heads To 'Portals To Hell' Rather Than Traditional Travelogues – TCA". Deadline. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  22. ^ Stelter, Brian (March 10, 2010). "Planet Green Moves Away From Its Eco Theme". The New York Times. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
  23. ^ Ghostly Encounters
  24. ^ "GHOSTS IN MY HOUSE".

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