National Geographic Channel (Scandinavia)

National Geographic Channel
Launched September 1997
Owned by National Geographic Society
Fox International Channels (21st Century Fox)
Audience share 0.2% (2008 in Sweden, [1])
Broadcast area Nordic
Sweden Boxer Channel 66 (HD)
Norway RiksTV Channel 17
Finland dna Welho Channel 84
Sweden Com Hem Channel 53
Finland dna Welho Channel 130
Channel 225 (HD)
Telia Digital-tv Channel 25

National Geographic Channel is a television channel broadcasting documentaries and related programmes to the Nordic countries. It is owned by the NGC-UK Partnership, which was in the first ten years of its existence, owned by the National Geographic Society and British Sky Broadcasting. In December 2006, Sky's parent company News Corporation (now 21st Century Fox), acquired 25 percent of the company. This meant that BSkyB owned half company, while National Geographic Television and News Corp held 25 percent share each.[2] In December 2007, BSkyB sold its stake in the partnership to the Fox Entertainment Group.[3][4]

The National Geographic Channel was launched in Scandinavia in September 1997 when BSkyB launched the Sky News & Documentaries channel, carrying National Geographic between 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. (CET) with The Computer Channel between 6 and 8 p.m. and Sky News the remaining time. The broadcasting hours has since then been extended and as of 2006 the channel is broadcasting from noon to 6 a.m., showing CNBC Nordic in the morning.

Programmes and continuity has English audio, with subtitles in Swedish, Finnish, Danish and Norwegian. Advertising has sound in different languages.

The channel is carried on most digital cable networks in the region, including TDC Kabel TV and Com Hem. Initially it was only available on satellite from Canal Digital, but it launched on the Viasat satellite platform on 15 August 2006.

In the digital terrestrial networks the channel has been available from the launch of the RiksTV platform in September 2007. In March 2008, the channel received a license to broadcast terrestrially in Sweden, but its launch has been postponed. It is also available terrestrially on the Faroe Islands. The channel is not available in the Finnish terrestrial network.

The sister channel Adventure One had moderate carriage for some time in Scandinavia. Adventure One was replaced by Nat Geo Wild in some cable networks in 2007. On 24 February 2009, Nat Geo Wild was launched on the Viasat satellite platform.[5] It had then already launched on the Swedish Com Hem network on 8 January 2009.[6]

The National Geographic Channel HD was launched into the Nordic region on the Canal Digital platform on 1 April 2007. In January 2008, the HD channel was launched on the Viasat platform.[7] It came to Com Hem in Sweden on 23 May 2008.[8]

On 13 May 2009 special feeds of the channel for the Danish and Norwegian markets were launched.[9][10]


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