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
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaEurope, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific
Sister channel(s)
Websitewww.travelchanneltv.eu
Availability
Satellite
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Cable
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IPTV
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Streaming media
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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 operated by Travel Channel International Limited (TCI) and despite the name, it had no relation with the American television channel of the same name, until TCI was acquired by Scripps Networks Interactive in May 2012.[1] In March 2018 Discovery, Inc. acquired Scripps Networks Interactive.[2] With the American service's rebranding as a destination for paranormal and supernatural programming in October 2018, the International service now again diverges from the American network in its programming, this time under common ownership.

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]

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]

Cable[edit]

  • Unitymedia (Germany): Channel 452
  • Virgin Media (UK): Channel 292

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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