Discovery Science (European TV channel)


Discovery Science
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Discovery Science logo.
Broadcast area
NetworkDiscovery EMEA
HeadquartersAmsterdam, Netherlands
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Timeshift serviceDiscovery Science +1
OwnerDiscovery, Inc.
Sister channels
Launched1 October 1998; 23 years ago (1998-10-01)
Former names
  • Discovery Sci-Trek (1997-2003)
  • Discovery Science Channel (2003-2008)
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Discovery Science is a pay television network, operated by Discovery EMEA, it targets several European countries' television markets. It primarily features programming in the fields of space, technology and science. The channel originally launched as Discovery Sci-Trek. Its programming is mainly in English and locally subtitled or dubbed. It is available through numerous subscription services across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In some countries the advertisement and the announcements between programs are localized.


The channel launched in the UK & Ireland as the Discovery Sci-Trek on 1 October 1998, later followed by other European countries,[1] with the channel rebranding itself as the Discovery Science Channel on 1 April 2003.[2][3] Later on, the name was shortened to just 'Discovery Science'.

A 1-hour timeshift channel of Discovery Science launched in the UK and Ireland on Monday 21 April 2008 on Sky 549, which replaced a placeholder 90-minute timeshift of Discovery Channel, known as Discovery +1.5.[4]

On 24 January 2013, Discovery channels returned on Numericable in France.[5] In December 2016, Altice acquired an exclusivity agreement with NBCUniversal and Discovery Networks.[6][7] Discovery Channel, Discovery Science and Investigation Discovery were removed from Canal+ on 17 January 2017.[8] The channel (along with Discovery Channel) had high shares (0,5% in 2014, 0,4% in 2016[9]) before have been removed from Canal+.[10]



Throughout its life as the Discovery Sci-Trek Channel, the channel used an image of the rings of Saturn as its logo and in idents. When relaunching as the Discovery Science Channel, it became a stylised molecule, with the Discovery Channel globe as one of its atoms.

Since then, the channel has followed its United States counterpart The Science Channel, currently known as 'Science', in logo trends. In March 2008, Discovery Science adopted a modified version of the periodic table logo used from 2007, and in 2012, the channel adopted the new 'Morph' logo introduced in 2011.



  • CAI Harderwijk (Netherlands): Channel 135
  • Caiway (Netherlands): Channel 111
  • Citycable (Switzerland): Channel 81
  • DELTA (Netherlands): Channel 352
  • Kabel Noord (Netherlands): Channel 255
  • SFR (France): Channel 41
  • Stichting Kabelnet Veendam (Netherlands): Channel 76
  • UPC (Poland): Channel 377
  • UPC (Romania): Channel 308
  • UPC (Switzerland): Channel 179 (Romandy), Channel 479 (German Swiss) and Channel 679 (Ticino)
  • Virgin Media (Ireland): Channel 211
  • Virgin Media (UK): Channel 252 and Channel 260 (+1)
  • WightFibre (UK): Channel 77
  • Ziggo (Netherlands): Channel 202



  • Virgin TV Anywhere (Ireland):
  • Virgin TV Anywhere (UK):
  • Ziggo GO (Netherlands):


  • Cyfrowy Polsat (Poland): Channel 127
  • OSN (MENA): Channel 504
  • Platforma Canal+ (Poland): Channel 77
  • Sky (Italy): Channel 405
  • Sky (UK): Channel 167 and Channel 267 (+1)
  • Sky (Ireland): Channel 167 and Channel 267 (+1)
  • StarSat (South Africa): Channel 663
  • Zuku TV (Kenya): Channel 415 (replacing HISTORY) moving to Channel 421

See also


  1. ^ "Discovery unveils digital TV nets". 19 August 1998.
  2. ^ "Discovery Sci-Trek Change Log". KingOfSat. 1 April 2003.
  3. ^ "Discovery Science Channel Change Log". KingOfSat. 1 April 2003.
  4. ^ Analoguesat (21 April 2008). "Discovery Science +1 28E".
  5. ^ "Discovery Channel HD et Discovery Science HD reprises sur Numericable à partir du 24 janvier | Offremedia". (in French). 23 January 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  6. ^ "SFR s'offre Discovery et NBCUniversal en exclu". CB News (in French). 7 December 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  7. ^ "SFR vole l'exclusivité de nombreuses chaînes (Discovery, 13è Rue, Syfy...) à Canal+, et à la Freebox !". Freenews (in French). 8 December 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Les chaînes Discovery ne sont déjà plus accessibles pour les abonnés Freebox Révolution avec TV by Canal". Univers Freebox (in French). 12 January 2017. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  9. ^ "L'audience des chaînes sur le câble, le satellite et la TV par ADSL Du 28 décembre 2015 au 12 juin 2016" (PDF). 2 July 2016.
  10. ^ "L'audience s'effondre pour les chaînes Discovery, qui ont quitté Canal et la Freebox Révolution pour être reprises en exclu par SFR". Univers Freebox (in French). 12 July 2017. Retrieved 28 April 2020.

External links

  • Netherlands
  • UK