Discovery Real Time

For the Asian channel previously known as Discovery Real Time, see Discovery Turbo (Asia). For the French and Italian channels with the same name, see Discovery Real Time France and Real Time (Italy).
Discovery Real Time
Discovery Real Time logo from 2011
Launched March 1992
Closed 30 April 2013
Owned by Discovery Networks Western Europe
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
Audience share 0.1%
~0.0% (+1) (November 2012, BARB)
Formerly called TLC (The Learning Channel) (1992-1997)
Discovery Home & Leisure (1997-2005)
Replaced by TLC
Sister channel(s) Animal Planet
Discovery Channel
Discovery HD
Discovery History
Discovery Home & Health
Discovery Science
Discovery Shed
Discovery Travel & Living
Discovery Turbo
Investigation Discovery
Timeshift service Discovery Real Time +1
Sky Channel 240
Channel 241 (+1)
Virgin Media Channel 271
Channel 272 (+1)
Smallworld Cable Channel 201
UPC Ireland Channel 507
WightFibre Channel 79
TalkTalk TV Channel 24
BT Vision Channel 875

Discovery Real Time was a factual television channel owned by Discovery Networks Western Europe.


Former logo

It was originally launched in the UK in March 1992 as TLC, a British version of the US channel of the same name. It was initially broadcast as a daytime channel from Intelsat, mostly aimed at cable systems where it would broadcast on the Discovery Channel's frequency.[1][2]

When the Discovery Channel launched on Astra in July 1993, it didn't initially carry TLC in the daytime. From 1994, it shared a transponder on the Astra 1C satellite with the Discovery Channel, which started its broadcasts at 4 p.m. (GMT).[3]

It was later rebranded as Discovery Home & Leisure in April 1997.[4]

Full day broadcasting started with the launch of Sky Digital in 1998. In May 2001, a timeshift channel called Discovery Home & Leisure +1 was launched.[5]

From 1997 to 2002, the logo was blue. From 2002 to 2005, the logo was red.

The channel was relaunched as Discovery Real Time on 7 May 2005 in the UK market. The channel aimed at complementing the female-skewed Discovery Home & Health (which itself replaced Discovery Health).[6]

A sister channel called Discovery Real Time Extra was launched in August 2005.[7] On 20 March 2009, it was replaced with Discovery Shed.

Discovery Real Time is also available in some other regions, including France and Italy. The channel used to be available in Asia, but since October 2008, it has become the Asian version of Discovery Turbo.

The channel closed along with Discovery Travel & Living at 6am on 30 April 2013, to be replaced by TLC and Investigation Discovery +1. The last program on Discovery Real Time was, fittingly, The Joy of Painting, one of Real Time's signature programs.[8] Given that TLC is chasing a completely different demographic than the old TLC, Discovery is treating it as a new channel launch rather than a return.



  2. "Satnews 072". Newsgroup: 9 Mar 1992.
  3. "SATELLITE JOURNAL ITL VOL2 NO 18". Newsgroup: 5 Sep 1994.
  4. "MediaScan/Sweden Calling DXers 2268". Newsgroup: April 3, 1997.
  5. "More + from Discovery". The Airwaves. May 22, 2001. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011.
  6. Shelley, Darren (2005-04-14). "Discovery to rebrand Health, Home & Leisure". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
  7. "Three new channels for Sky viewers". The Airwaves. August 22, 2005. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011.
  8. Hadley, Paul (2013-04-24). "Changes to Discovery channels this month". Entertainment Interactive. Retrieved 2013-04-30.

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