Discovery World (international TV channel)

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Discovery World
Broadcast area
HeadquartersAmsterdam, Netherlands
Language(s)English, Polish, Hungarian, Czech, Russian
Picture format576i 16:9 SDTV
OwnerWarner Bros. Discovery (Discovery, Inc. at the time)
Sister channels
Launched1 October 1998; 25 years ago (1998-10-01)
Closed31 December 2020; 3 years ago (2020-12-31)
Replaced by
Former namesDiscovery Civilisation Channel (1998-2008)
(at time of closure)
Streaming media
Ziggo GO (Europe only)

Discovery World is a former European pay television channel which featured programming in the fields of travel, culture and history. It used to be a pan-European television channel. Discovery World offered a mix of history, culture, real-life stories, investigation, mystery shows, factual series and documentaries. At time of closure its programming was mainly in English and subtitled in Dutch.


In Europe the channel started as Discovery Civilisation, also called Discovery Civilisation Channel, in the UK the 1 October 1998, alongside the Sky Digital's launch and later followed by other European countries.[1] Discovery Civilisation focused on history-related programmes. On 1 November 2007, it was re-branded as Discovery Knowledge in the UK.[2][3] On 18 April 2008 Discovery Civilisation changed its name into Discovery World across Europe and extended its programme lineup to also include programmes about culture, crime and "mysterious phenomena".[4][5][6]

In 2013, the channel got replaced by Discovery Turbo Xtra in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2015 the Canadian version was relaunched as Discovery Velocity.[7] On 31 March 2016, the channel got replaced by Discovery Family in Africa and the Middle East.[8] The network has closed down in Italy,[9] Portugal[10] and Scandinavia.[11]

Discovery World, along with Fine Living closed on 31 December 2020, when it last aired in the Netherlands and Belgium.[12]

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  1. ^ "Which TV channels were on sky digital at launch ?". Digital Spy Forums. January 2, 2011.
  2. ^ "Discovery launches Knowledge channel". Digital Spy. 20 September 2007.
  3. ^ "Discovery Knowledge". Heavenly. Archived from the original on 14 September 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2010.
  4. ^ "DNI Fast Facts: EMEA" (PDF). Discovery Communications. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2009-05-15.
  5. ^ "Kanalbyte hos Discovery". Resumé. April 18, 2008. Archived from the original on December 25, 2008.
  6. ^ Jan-Hein Visser (April 17, 2008). "Discovery Civilisation wordt Discovery World". Totaal TV.
  7. ^ "High Stakes Adventure, Precision Machines, Raw Power: Specialty Service Discovery Velocity Launches February 12". Press release. Retrieved 20 January 2015.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "DStv replaces Discovery World with Discovery Family". Telecompaper. March 28, 2016.
  9. ^ "Change Log Discovery World Italia". Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Change Log Discovery World Portugal". Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Change Log Discovery World Nordic". Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  12. ^ Jarco Kriek (25 November 2020). "Zender minder bij Ziggo, KPN en T-Mobile: Discovery World stopt" (in Dutch). Retrieved 26 November 2020.