Discovery World (European TV channel)

Discovery World is a European pay television channel which features programming in the fields of travel, culture and history. Discovery World offers a mix of history, culture, real-life stories, investigation, mystery shows, factual series and documentaries. Its programming is mainly in English and locally subtitled. In some countries the advertisements and announcements between programs are localized.

Discovery World
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Broadcast area
NetworkDiscovery EMEA
HeadquartersAmsterdam, Netherlands
Picture format576i 16:9 SDTV
OwnerDiscovery, Inc.
Sister channels
Launched1 October 1998; 22 years ago (1998-10-01)
Replaced by
Former namesDiscovery Civilisation Channel (1998-2008)
Ziggo NetherlandsChannel 203
Caiway NetherlandsChannel 112
Kabel Noord NetherlandsChannel 254
CAI Harderwijk NetherlandsChannel 134
Stichting Kabelnet Veendam NetherlandsChannel 75
KPN NetherlandsChannel 84
T-Mobile NetherlandsChannel 63
Tele2 NetherlandsChannel 206
Streaming media
Ziggo GO (Europe only)


In Europe the channel started as Discovery Civilisation, also called Discovery Civilisation Channel, in the UK the 1 October 1998, alongside the Sky Digital's launch and later followed by other European countries.[1] Discovery Civilisation focused on history-related programs. On 18 April 2008 the channel changed its name into Discovery World and extended its program lineup to also include programs about culture, crime and "mysterious phenomena".[2][3][4]

In 2013, the channel got replaced by Discovery Turbo Xtra in Central and Eastern Europe. On 31 March 2016, the channel got replaced by Discovery Family in Africa and the Middle East.[5] The network has closed down in Italy,[6] Portugal[7] and Scandinavia.[8]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Which TV channels were on sky digital at launch ?". Digital Spy Forums. January 2, 2011.
  2. ^ "DNI Fast Facts: EMEA" (PDF). Discovery Communications. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2009-05-15.
  3. ^ "Kanalbyte hos Discovery". Resumé. April 18, 2008. Archived from the original on December 25, 2008.
  4. ^ Jan-Hein Visser (April 17, 2008). "Discovery Civilisation wordt Discovery World". Totaal TV.
  5. ^ "DStv replaces Discovery World with Discovery Family". Telecompaper. March 28, 2016.
  6. ^ "Change Log Discovery World Italia". Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Change Log Discovery World Portugal". Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  8. ^ "Change Log Discovery World Nordic". Retrieved 22 September 2019.

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