National Geographic (Asia)

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National Geographic
LaunchedAugust 1, 1998; 21 years ago (1998-08-01)
Owned byFox Networks Group Asia Pacific
(Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International)
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 480i/576i for the SDTV feed)
Broadcast areaAsia
HeadquartersHead office Mumbai, Hong Kong
Studios and production facility:
1 Fusionopolis Link, #03-01 Nexus @ One-North, Singapore 138542
Formerly calledNational Geographic Channel
(1998 – 2016)
ReplacedNBC Asia
(1994 – 1998)
Sister channel(s)
Nexmedia (Indonesia)Channel 201
Channel 553 (SD)
Channel 573 (HD)
Tata Sky
Channel 551 (SD)
Channel 552 (HD)
Channel 569 (SD)
Channel 558 (HD)
MNC Vision
Channel 202 (SD)
Channel 450 (HD)
Cignal Digital TV
Channel 141 (SD)
Channel 240 (HD)
G Sat
Channel 20
Channel 306
HKC Sat, Cable TV Hong Kong
(Hong Kong)
Channel 752 (SD)
Channel 701 (HD)
Dialog TV
(Sri Lanka)
Channel 39 (SD)
Channel 78 (HD)
Topas TV
Channel 181
Channel 62
Channel 51 (HD)
Channel 250 (HD)
Sun Direct TV
Channel 61 (HD)
Airtel Digital TV
Channel 5341
(Middle East
& North Africa)
Channel 513
SkyCable Zamboanga CityChannel 28
(Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines)
SkyCable / Destiny Cable
Channel 55 (Analog)
Channel 41 (Digital)
Channel 171 (SD)
Channel 723 (HD)
Pioneer Cable Vision Incorporated (PCVI)
Channel 26
Channel 62 (SD)
Channel 331 (HD)
First Media
Channel 110 (SD)
Channel 361 (HD)
Channel 569 (SD)
Channel 558 (HD)
Channel 30
FDI Digital Cable
Channel 500
Channel 126
Macau Cable TV
Channel 402 (SD)
Channel 419 (HD)
Jogja Medianet
Channel ???
Asianet Digital TV
Channel 403 (SD)
Channel 818 (HD)
Channel 140
Parasat Cable TV
Channel 72
StarHub TV
Channel 411
Channel 400 (SD)
Channel 805 (HD)
Channel 84 (HD)
(Sri Lanka)
Channel 50
now TV
(Hong Kong)
Channel 215 (SD)
Channel 218 (HD)
Channel 250
Channel 10
Channel 62
Singtel TV
Channel 201
Channel 46 (HD)
Unifi TV (Malaysia)Channel 508 (HD)
M2V Mobile TV
Channel 10

National Geographic (Nat Geo Asia) is an Asian subscription television channel that features non-fiction, factual programming involving nature, science, culture and history, produced by the National Geographic Society, just like History and Discovery Channel.

It was launched on 1 January 1994 by the partnership and distribution with STAR TV, Fox International Channels, and now Fox Networks Group is a Hong Kong-based pan-Asian satellite network owned by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox (from 2013 to 2019), and The Walt Disney Company since March 20, 2019, replacing the NBC Asia channel on 1 August 1998. As of 2008, the Asian version of National Geographic Channel is available in over 56 million homes. NGC Asia has six different channels feeds.


NBC Asia (1994 – 1998)[edit]

On 1 January 1994, the channel was officially launched as NBC Asia. It featured most of NBC programs as well as NBC Nightly News (the flagship daily evening primetime television news program for NBC News), The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live and Late Night. Like its European counterpart, it could not broadcast United States-produced primetime shows due to rights restrictions. It also had NBC Sports for the latest action in selected sporting events such as NFL on NBC (a subsidiary of NFL), Major League Baseball on NBC (a subsidiary of MLB), NBA on NBC (a subsidiary of NBA) and NHL on NBC (a subsidiary of NHL). During weekday evenings, NBC Asia had a regional evening news program. It occasionally simulcast some programs from CNBC Asia and MSNBC.[citation needed]

National Geographic Asia (1998 – present)[edit]

On 1 August 1998, NBC Asia was rebranded as the National Geographic Channel. As is the case with NBC Europe, however, selected The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live and Late Night episodes and Meet the Press were moved to CNBC Asia.

Original National Geographic Channel logo (2005–2016)

On 4 February 2008, the Nat Geo Junior programming block of two non-contingent hours, late morning and late afternoon, was launched on the channel. I Didn't Know That, Mad Labs and Wild Detectives were the initial shows on the block.[1]


  • National Geographic Asia – Broadcasts in both English and Cantonese via two audio tracks.
  • National Geographic India – It is aimed at India and neighbouring countries. It airs in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali via five different audio tracks.
  • National Geographic Israel – Includes an Hebrew subtitles track.
  • National Geographic Middle East – It simulcasts the Asian from 11:00pm to 5:00am Hong Kong time. Arabic subtitles are available as well.
  • National Geographic Japan – includes Japanese subtitles.
  • National Geographic Taiwan – includes Chinese subtitles.
  • National Geographic Hong Kong – features two audio tracks airing English and Cantonese programming, as well as a Chinese subtitles track.
  • In Malaysia and Singapore, the US HD feed is distributed instead of the Asian one. However, any US ads that air are replaced with Malaysian or Singaporean ads, and they switch some latest episodes to older ones. English, Malay and Mandarin subtitles are available via all TV broadcasters.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nat Geo blocks target Asian kids". C21media. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 17 September 2018.

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