Science (TV network)
|Launched||October 7, 1996|
|Owned by||Discovery Communications|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|Headquarters||Silver Spring, Maryland|
|Formerly called||Quark! (pre-launch)
Discovery Science Network (1996–98)
Discovery Science Channel (1998–2002)
The Science Channel (2002–07)
Science Channel (2007–11)
|Sister channel(s)||Discovery Channel
American Heroes Channel
Discovery en Español
|Dish Network||193 (HD/SD)|
|C-Band||AMC 11 - Channel 612 (4DTV Digital)
AMC 18 - Channel 255 (H2H 4DTV)
|Verizon FiOS||622 (HD)
|Available on most other U.S. cable systems||Consult your local cable provider for channel availability|
|AT&T U-verse||1258 (HD)
Science is an American digital cable and satellite television network that is owned by Discovery Communications. 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.
In November 1994, Discovery Networks announced plans to create four digital channels set to launch in 1996. Discovery originally named the network under the working title Quark!; 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).
The channel underwent 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.
Science HD is a high definition simulcast of Science that broadcasts in the 1080i resolution format; it was launched on September 1, 2007, along with Discovery Channel HD, TLC HD and Animal Planet HD.
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. Also, most disturbingly, the network has recently begun airing "pro-pranormal" and pseudoscience programming masquerading as "real" science. ("Alien Encounters," "Close Encounters," "Monsters and Mysteries in America," etc.) These programs, purporting to be scientific examinations of "unusual" and "mysterious" claims, are actually biased towards uncritical acceptance of pseudoscience and paranormal subjects as real. The lack of informed skeptical rebuttal to the cases presented in many--if not most--of these programs shows their "pro-paranormal" and unscientific nature.
Below is a selected list of Science series.
- Alien Encounters
- All-American Makers
- An Idiot Abroad
- Are We Alone?
- Beyond Tomorrow
- Build It Bigger
- Building the Ultimate
- Brainiac: Science Abuse
- Catch It Keep It
- Chaos Caught on Camera
- Close Encounters
- Colossal Construction
- Cosmos: A Personal Voyage
- Danger by Design
- Dark Matters: Twisted But True
- The Day The Universe Changed
- Destroyed in Seconds
- Discover Magazine
- Exodus Earth
- Extreme Engineering
- Extreme Machines
- Face Off
- Factory Made
- Firefly (re-runs)
- Fringe (re-runs)
- Futurescape with James Woods
- The Gadget Show
- Head Games
- Head Rush
- How It's Made (see also List of How It's Made episodes)
- How Do They Do It?
- How the Universe Works
- Ingenious Minds
- Invention Nation
- It's All Geek to Me
- Junkyard Wars
- Lost Luggage
- Meteorite Men
- Monster Bug Wars
- Mutant Planet
- Outrageous Acts of Science
- Patent Bending
- Popular Science's Future of...
- Prophets of Science Fiction
- Race to Escape
- Raging Planet
- ReGenesis (re-runs)
- Science of the Movies
- Sci Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible
- Solar Empire
- "Stuff You Should Know"
- Stuck with Hackett
- Strip The City
- Terra Nova (re-runs)
- Through the Wormhole (with Morgan Freeman)
- The Unexplained Files
- Wonders of the Solar System
- Wonders of the Universe
- Species of Mass Destruction
Specials and miniseries
- 2057 - Predictions on the future technology of the body, city, and the world.
- Base Camp Moon - Returning to the moon, harvesting moon dust for oxygen/water, robotics (Robonaut), etc.
- The Challenger, a biography surrounding the mystery of the titular tragedy, starring William Hurt. Science's first foray into dramatic programming, its premiere on the channel will be simulcast on sister network Discovery Channel.
- Dinosaur Revolution - A four-part miniseries on the natural history of dinosaurs. The last two episodes were planned to air on Discovery Channel, but a last-minute schedule change landed them on Science.
- Futurecar - The latest technology of today may be used to create cars and sometimes funny cars in the future.
- Hawking - About the early work of British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking.
- Hubble Live - the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on NASA's Servicing Mission 4 (HST-SM4), the eleven-day fifth and final mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope
- A Life In Memory - An hour-long documentary about Memories, and PTSD and the ways they effect our lives. "Barney recalls the day he was hit by a car: his back was broken, and his wife was killed. Today, he will be given a pill to erase the memory of that tragic day for good. At a treatment center in Montreal, PTSD patients are given a second chance at life."
- Lost Luggage - Rebroadcasts of An Idiot Abroad episodes from previous seasons, each including two new "Lost Luggage" segments filmed at Ricky Gervais' home in England in which Gervais and Karl Pilkington hold brief discussions.
- Mars Rising - A six-part series on the possible future missions to mars.
- NextWorld - Predicting the future of the world, humanity, and life.
- Perfect Disaster - Predicting violent natural disasters that could happen in the near future.
- Prophets of Science Fiction - About the greatest sci-fi authors of all times.
- Punkin Chunkin - A one-hour condensed version of the World Championship pumpkin chunking contest in Sussex County, Delaware. Traditionally aired on Thanksgiving.
- Science of Star Wars - Explains that the cutting edge technology of Star Wars might be useful and possible to invent in real life.
- Tank on the Moon - Concentrates on Russian attempts to launch an unmanned rover to the Moon before the successful American Apollo program.
- What the Ancients Knew - Truly innovative inventions of the ancient world.
International versions of Science currently exist in South East Asia, Europe, United Kingdom, Italy, India, Sweden, Canada, Latin America and Australia; unlike the U.S. service, the international channels are branded under the Discovery Science name.
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- "Discovery plans launch of four newly created nets". Multichannel News. November 21, 1994.
- "Discovery channels energy into expansion". The Washington Post. October 28, 1996.
- Science Channel Rebranding As Science Broadcasting & Cable April 5, 2011
- ‘Fringe’ Sells In Off-Network Syndication To Science Channel; Deadline
- Kari Byron of MythBusters Hosts Head Rush on Science Channel Beginning August 23; press.discovery.com