Science Channel

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Science Channel
Science Channel 2016.png
LaunchedOctober 7, 1996 (1996-10-07)
Owned byDiscovery, Inc.
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
SloganQuestion everything
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaNationwide International
HeadquartersSilver Spring, Maryland
Formerly called
  • Discovery Science Network (1996-1998)
  • Discovery Science Channel (1998-2002)
  • The Science Channel (2002-2007)
Sister channel(s)
Websitewww.sciencechannel.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV
  • Channel 284
  • Channel 1284 (VOD)
Dish NetworkChannel 193
C-Band
  • AMC 11 - Channel 612 (4DTV Digital)
  • AMC 18 - Channel 255 (H2H 4DTV)
Cable
Available on most cable systemsChannel slots vary on each provider
IPTV
Verizon FiOSChannel 122 (SD)
Channel 622 (HD)
AT&T U-verse
  • Channel 258 (SD)
  • Channel 1258 (HD)
Streaming media
PlayStation VueInternet Protocol television

Science Channel (often referred to as simply Science) is an American pay television channel that is owned by Discovery, Inc. The channel features programming focusing on the fields of wilderness survival, ufology, manufacturing, construction, technology, space, prehistory and animal science.

As of February 2015, Science is available to approximately 75.5 million pay television households (64.8% of households with at least one television set) in the United States.[1]

History[edit]

In November 1994, Discovery Networks announced plans for four digital channels set to launch in 1996. Discovery originally named the network under the working title Quark!;[2] this was changed before its launch to the Discovery Science Network. Discovery Science launched in October 1996 as part of the simultaneous rollout of the new channel suite (alongside Discovery Home & Leisure, Discovery Kids and Discovery Health Channel).[3]

The channel has undergone various rebrandings throughout its history. Its name was first modified to the Discovery Science Channel in 1998, and then was renamed The Science Channel in 2002, as the first network in the Discovery Networks digital suite to drop the "Discovery" brand from its name (however, international versions of the channel continue to use the "Discovery Science" name). The channel later shortened its name to just Science Channel in 2007 as part of a rebrand that included the introduction of a new logo based on the periodic table; in 2011, the network rebranded as simply Science, introducing a new logo and graphics package designed by Imaginary Forces.[4]

High definition[edit]

Science Channel HD is a high definition simulcast of Science that broadcasts in the 1080i resolution format; it was launched on September 1, 2009, along with Discovery Channel HD, TLC HD and Animal Planet HD.

Programming[edit]

This is a list of programs broadcast by the Science TV network.

Science broadcasts a number of science-related television series originally produced by or aired on Discovery Channel, such as Beyond Tomorrow, among others. Discovery Communications has also produced a few programs specifically for Science, such as MegaScience and What The Ancients Knew. Programs from other Discovery Networks channels, PBS and the BBC are either regularly or occasionally aired on the network. Television series produced in the 1990s, such as Discover Magazine and Understanding, are carried on the network's weekday schedule. Science also broadcasts programs such as Moments of Impact and An Idiot Abroad. The channel has experienced some drifting from its intended format throughout its existence, increasingly adding reruns on several science fiction series such as Firefly and Fringe to its schedule in recent years.

International[edit]

International versions of Science currently exist in Southeast Asia, Europe, France, United Kingdom, Italy, India, Sweden, Canada, Latin America and Australia. Unlike the U.S. network, the international channels are branded under the Discovery Science name.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seidman, Robert (February 22, 2015). "List of how many homes each cable network is in as of February 2015". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
  2. ^ "Discovery plans launch of four newly created nets". Multichannel News. November 21, 1994.
  3. ^ "Discovery channels energy into expansion". The Washington Post. October 28, 1996.
  4. ^ Science Channel Rebranding As Science Broadcasting & Cable April 5, 2011

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