Travel Channel International

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Travel Channel
Travel Channel NEW LOGO.svg
LaunchedFebruary 1994; 25 years ago (1994-02)
NetworkDiscovery Networks International
Owned by
Audience share0.17%
0.02% (+1) (February 2017 (2017-02), BARB)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaEMEA and APAC
Sister channel(s)
Websitewww.travelchanneltv.eu
Availability
Satellite
See separate section
Cable
Unitymedia (Germany)Channel 452
Virgin Media (UK)Channel 282
Streaming media
TVPlayerWatch live (UK only)
Virgin TV AnywhereWatch live (UK only)

Travel Channel International is a commercial television channel owned by Discovery, Inc. and broadcasting travel-themed programmes in the EMEA regions and Asia Pacific, spanning 21 on-air languages.

The channel was formally operated by Travel Channel International Limited (TCI) and, despite the name, it had no relation with the American television channel of the same name. TCI was acquired by Scripps Networks Interactive, owners of the American channel, in May 2012.[1] In March 2018, Discovery, Inc. acquired Scripps Networks Interactive.[2] Beginning in October 2018, the International service has again diverged from the American network in its programming as the latter network was relaunched as a destination for paranormal and supernatural programming.

History[edit]

Travel Channel HD logo
Travel Channel logo used by TCI from 2000 to 25 March 2013

Travel Channel was launched by Landmark Communications in Europe in February 1994. In 2004, it was sold to the station's chief executive Richard Wolfe and placed under the wings of Travel Channel International Limited (TCI).[3]

A second, sister channel, Travel Channel 2, launched on Sky Digital in the UK and Ireland on 11 February 2008 but closed on 2 March 2009 when the EPG slot was sold to TCM UK. Travel Channel International began to offer their high definition channel, Travel Channel HD, throughout Europe on 15 November 2010 and consequently Asia.

TCI was acquired by Scripps Networks Interactive in May 2012.[4] On 25 March 2013, Travel Channel received refreshed branding, with an overhaul of its scheduling and programming.[5]

On 2 April 2013, the channel was launched on Freesat, a free-to-air satellite television platform in the United Kingdom.[6] As of 2017, the British version does not carry an HD simulcast.

In March 2018, Discovery, Inc. acquired Scripps Networks Interactive.[7]

On 16 January 2019, Travel Channel was removed from Freesat and Freeview in favour of sister channel DMAX in the United Kingdom.[8]

Travel Channel closed in the Netherlands and Flanders on 31 January 2019. Content from former Scripps television channels Travel Channel, Fine Living and Food Network has been integrated into the programming of Discovery, TLC and Investigation Discovery in the Benelux.[9]

Travel Channel +1 closed on Sky UK on 16 September 2019 and was replaced by a timeshift of UKTV's Drama.

Channels[edit]

  • Travel Channel (UK, SD)
  • Travel Channel (EMEA, SD/HD simulcast)
  • Travel Channel (Poland, SD/HD simulcast)
  • Travel Channel (Asia, SD/HD simulcast)
  • Travel Channel (India, SD/HD simulcast)
  • Travel Channel (New Zealand, SD)

Availability[edit]

Satellite[edit]

Programming[edit]

Travel Channel's lineup consists of programming involving travel, such as guides to holiday planning, and traditional documentary programming about destinations, cuisine, culture, nature and shopping, along with other types of travel such as backpacking, culinary tourism, ecotourism and luxury tourism.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scripps buys Travel Channel Int'l". C21Media. 22 March 2012.
  2. ^ Chris Dziadul (6 March 2018). "Discovery completes Scripps acquisition". BroadbandTVNews.com.
  3. ^ Chalaby, Jean K. (2009). Transnational Television in Europe: Reconfiguring Global Communications Networks. I.B.Tauris. p. 140. ISBN 9780857717474.
  4. ^ "Scripps buys Travel Channel Int'l". C21Media. 22 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Travel Channel unveils new look". imediamonkey. 25 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Travel Channel launches on Freesat". imediamonkey. 2 April 2013.
  7. ^ Chris Dziadul (6 March 2018). "Discovery completes Scripps acquisition". BroadbandTVNews.com.
  8. ^ Patrick Munn (7 January 2019). "DMAX Goes Free-To-Air Later This Month, Acquires FX Animated Comedy 'Archer'". TVWise.co.uk.
  9. ^ Jarco Kriek (28 November 2018). "Travel Channel, Fine Living en Food Network stoppen in Benelux" (in Dutch). TotaalTV.nl.

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