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National Geographic Channel
National Geographic
National Geographic Channel logo
LaunchedJanuary 12, 2001; 18 years ago (2001-01-12)
Owned byNational Geographic Partners
(distribution and advertising sales handled by Walt Disney Television)
Picture format720p HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
SloganFurther
CountryUnited States of America
Broadcast areaWorldwide
HeadquartersManhattan, New York City, New York,U.S.
Formerly calledNational Geographic Channel (2001-2016)
Sister channel(s)Nat Geo Wild
Websitenationalgeographic.com/tv
Availability
Satellite
DirecTVChannel 276 (HD/SD)
Channel 1276 (VOD)
Dish NetworkChannel 197
Channel 9429
DigitAlb75 (HD only)
Cable
Available on many cable providersCheck local listings
IPTV
Verizon FiOSChannel 621 (HD)
Channel 121 (SD)
AT&T U-verseChannel 265
Channel 1265
HuronTel Digital TVChannel 370
Streaming media
Sling TVInternet Protocol television
PlayStation VueInternet Protocol television
DirecTV NowInternet Protocol television
YouTube TVInternet Protocol television

National Geographic (formerly National Geographic Channel and also commercially abbreviated and trademarked as Nat Geo or Nat Geo TV) is an American pay television network and flagship channel that is owned by National Geographic Partners, a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company (73%) and the National Geographic Society (27%),[1] with the operational management handled by Walt Disney Television.

The flagship channel airs non-fiction television programs produced by National Geographic and other production companies. Like History and Discovery Channel, the channel features documentaries with factual content involving nature, science, culture, and history, plus some reality and pseudo-scientific entertainment programming. Its primary sister network worldwide, including the United States, is Nat Geo Wild, which focuses on animal-related programming, including the popular Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan.

As of February 2015, National Geographic is available to approximately 86,144,000 pay television households (74% of households with television) in the United States.[2]

Overview

In the United States, the National Geographic Channel launched on January 12, 2001 as a joint venture of National Geographic Television & Film and Fox Cable Networks. National Geographic provides programming expertise and the Fox Networks Group provides its expertise on distribution, marketing, and advertising sales.

National Geographic Channel logo (2005-2016)

The '90s: The Last Great Decade, a documentary series narrated by Rob Lowe, pulled in 1.10 million viewers, and was the second highest-rated July telecast in the National Geographic Channel rating history. The 2000s: A New Reality, also narrated by Lowe, premiered on July 12, 2015.[3]

On November 14, 2016, National Geographic Channel was rebranded as simply National Geographic, dropping the "Channel" from its name.

On December 14, 2017, in a deal, The Walt Disney Company announced it would buy the majority of 21st Century Fox. Disney would assume control of Fox's controlling stake in the National Geographic partnership thereafter.[4] Following the acquisition, National Geographic and its sister channels were folded into Walt Disney Television, with the president of the National Geographic Partners reporting directly to the Walt Disney Television chairman.[5] Disney officially closed the deal on March 20, 2019, having then added Nat Geo into its portfolio of networks. [1]

TV shows

National Geographic Channel's TV shows, in alphabetical order:

Theme fanfare music

The National Geographic Channel's signature theme fanfare music, which is played at the beginning of many of the channel's television programs, was composed by Elmer Bernstein. It was originally written in 1964 for the Society's television specials, which were broadcast on CBS, ABC, PBS and NBC from 1964 until the early 2000s.

Other National Geographic US channels

National Geographic Channel HD

The United States 720p high definition simulcast of the National Geographic Channel launched in January 2006. It is available on all major cable and satellite providers.

Nat Geo Wild

Nat Geo Wild (stylized as Nat Geo WILD or abbreviated as NGW) is a cable/satellite TV channel focused on animal-related programs. It is a sister network to National Geographic Channel and it is the latest channel to be jointly launched by the National Geographic Society and Fox Cable Networks. It was launched in United States on March 29, 2010, focusing primarily on wildlife and natural history programming.

Nat Geo Mundo

Nat Geo Mundo
Launched2011; 8 years ago (2011)
Owned byNational Geographic Society
CountryUnited States
LanguageSpanish
Broadcast areaNationwide
Availability
Cable
Available on most other U.S. cable systemsConsult your local cable provider for channel availability
IPTV
Verizon FiOSChannel 1584
Streaming media
PlayStation VueInternet Protocol television

Nat Geo Mundo is broadcast in American Spanish, and was launched in 2011.[8] It shares programming with the Nat Geo Channel available in Hispanic American countries.

Nat Geo TV

Nat Geo TV is a application for smartphones and tablet computers, along with Windows 10. It allows subscribers of participating pay television providers (such as Time Warner Cable and Comcast Xfinity) numerous viewing options:

  • individual episodes of National Geographic and Nat Geo Wild's original series and documentaries (which are made available live)

Controversy and criticism

In 2013, the network began airing the reality show Are You Tougher Than a Boy Scout?. National Geographic Channel was criticized for their association with the Boy Scouts of America, an organization which, until a vote in May of that year that overturned its ban, had forbidden openly gay members.[9]

Archaeologists have protested that National Geographic shows such as Diggers and Nazi War Diggers promote the looting and destruction of archaeological sites by promoting the work of metal detecting souvenir hunters and collectable dealers.[10] In 2013 the National Geographic Channel set off a firestorm of controversy with its reality show Diggers. Professional archaeologists from the Society for Historical Archaeology, the largest scholarly group concerned with the archaeology of the modern world (A.D. 1400-present), roundly criticized the network for promoting the theft of cultural materials on public and private land.[11] The show Nazi War Diggers was accused of showing unscientific and disrespectful handling of human remains. A promotional quote from a military relic dealer, "I feel that by selling things that are Nazi-related and for lots of money, I am preserving things that museums don't want to deal with," was removed from the channel's website in March 2014. National Geographic expressed regret for how the series was presented by its own website but maintained that many of the accusations against the series were based on misinformation.[12] The program was subsequently pulled from the schedules while National Geographic reviewed allegations against the series.[13] The show was repackaged, amid controversy, as Battlefield Recovery for air during 2016 on Channel 5 in the UK.[14]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Littleton, Cynthia (March 19, 2019). "Disney Closes $71 Billion 21st Century Fox Deal". Variety. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ Seidman, Robert (February 22, 2015). "List of how many homes each cable network is in as of February 2015". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ Gabrielle Pantera. "Nat Geo Channel The 2000s, Rob Lowe Narrates the Naughties". HollywoodDailyStar.com. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ "The Walt Disney Company To Acquire Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc., After Spinoff Of Certain Businesses, For $52.4 Billion In Stock" (Press release). The Walt Disney Company. December 14, 2017. Archived from the original on December 14, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 8, 2018). "Disney Unveils Top TV Executive Structure Post Fox Acquisition: Peter Rice, Dana Walden, John Landgraf, Gary Knell Joining". Deadline. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2716082/?ref_=ttep_ep_tt
  7. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2903156/?ref_=ttep_ep_tt
  8. ^ "National Geographic Launches Nat Geo Mundo, New Network For Multi-Generational And Bicultural U.S. Latinos". April 4, 2011. Archived from the original on July 1, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  9. ^ Wong, Curtis (January 24, 2013). "Boy Scout Reality Series Deemed Anti-Gay 'Marketing Ploy' By LGBT Activists". Huffington Post.
  10. ^ " 'Diggers,' 'American Digger' TV Shows Said To Promote Looting Of Archaeological Sites, Huffington Post, March 2, 2012
  11. ^ "National Geographic's Diggers: is it better?". Society for Historical Archaeology. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ "TV Series is Criticized in Handling of Deceased", New York Times, March 28, 2014
  13. ^ "'Nazi War Diggers' television show scrapped by National Geographic after furious viewers complain about insensitive historians excavating Second World War graves". Daily Mail Online.
  14. ^ Guy Walters, Katherine Rushton (January 8, 2016). "Channel 5 accused of disrespecting war dead after showing TV series Nazi War Diggers that was already scrapped by other stations for being 'tasteless and ghoulish'". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2016.

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