Changes to Discovery channels this month

There will be several changes to the Discovery bouquet of channels to accommodate the launch of TLC later this month.

Discovery Travel & Living, Discovery Real Time +1 and Discovery Real Time will all cease broadcasting at the end of April to make way for TLC, and other channels will be changing places on the Sky EPG.

Details of the Sky changes:

TLC (HD or non-HD depending on your service) will launch on channel 125
TLC +1 will launch on channel 195
DMAX +1 and DMAX +2 will be moving or closing down
Discovery Real Time and Real Time +1 will close down
Discovery Home & Health will be on channel 240
Discovery Home & Health +1 will be on channel 241
Discovery Travel & Living will close down
ID will be on channel 522
Animal Planet (HD or non-HD depending on your service) will be on channel 523
Discovery Turbo will be on channel 524
Discovery Science will be on channel 525
Discovery History will be on channel 535
Discovery History +1 will be on channel 536
Animal Planet +1 will be on channel 549
ID +1 will launch on channel 551
Discovery Science +1 will be on channel 557
Discovery non-HD (on HD boxes) & HD placeholder (on non-HD boxes) on channel 561
Animal Planet non-HD (on HD boxes) & HD placeholder (on non-HD boxes) on channel 562

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Discovery HD moves to channel 520

Discovery HD is now a simulcast of the standard definition version of Discovery.

Instead of it being on a different channel with a different schedule to Discovery standard-definition it’s now replaced Discovery standard-definition on channel 520 for HD customers.

Non HD customers will still see Discovery standard-definition on channel 520.

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TLC launching in 2011

TLC (The Learning Channel) will be returning to UK TV from 2011. TLC used to be available in the UK until it was rebranded as Discovery Home & Leisure in 1997. It’s been announced a current Discovery-branded channel will be renamed as TLC and there’s likely to be further brand re-alignment for other Discovery channels. It’s thought TLC will be available on Sky and cable platforms.

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Quest launching 30th September

Quest – the new channel from Discovery – will finally be launching on Freeview after the initial May 2009 launch was pulled merely minutes before it was due to start broadcasts.

The official Quest website says it’s coming to Freeview this autumn. Discovery have confirmed to Broadcast Now that the channel will launch on the 30th September.

The original launch was delayed because of a “number of commercial factors” – let’s see if this new September launch will go according to plan.

Quest broadcast hours cut

Quest – the new channel from Discovery – is no longer going to be on air 24 hours a day. According to news website Broadcast, Quest will now be available from 10am to midnight. The midnight to 10am timeslot will be sold off to a third-party. Quest launches on Freeview on the 14th May. At the moment Quest has only be confirmed for launch on Freeview and no other platform.

Discovery Real Time Extra to become Discovery Shed on 20th March

Discovery Real Time Extra will be removed from all platforms (cable and satellite) to make way for a new channel called Discovery Shed. Discovery Shed will launch on the 20th March and will be available on Virgin TV from launch.

Discovery say the new channel will be “the place for men who like good old practical activities to escape to”. DIY, fishing, motoring, building and adventure will all feature on Discovery Shed.

It’s thought Discovery Shed will keep the same channel number as Discovery Real Time Extra – channel 274.

Quest to launch on 14th May

Quest (the new channel from Discovery) will launch on the 14th May at 10am. The channel will be available on Freeview channel 47 and will air the best of its entertainment, lifestyle and factual programmes from other Discovery channels. Quest is exclusive to Freeview at the moment, but this may change as they are in talks with other platforms (such as Virgin Media) to get the channel added there. A basic official website is now available at www.questtv.co.uk.

New channel Quest added and Price-Drop TV removed

The new channel from Discovery called Quest now has a placeholder on the Freeview EPG at channel 47. It’s not known yet what date Quest will start broadcasting from as the programme information just says “coming soon”. The channel may not stay at channel 47 but this is to be confirmed at a later date.

Also, Price-Drop TV (which used to be on channel 24) has been removed from Freeview. Price-Drop TV’s owners Sit-Up were outbid on one of its channel slots earlier this year and decided to remove Price-Drop TV from the Freeview platform (it continues to broadcast on cable and Sky).

Channel name changes

Virgin Media has renamed some of the channels on the EPG – Discovery Travel & Living is now named Travel & Living (on channel 273), Discovery Home & Health is now named Home & Health (on channel 275) and Fun Radio has become FUN Kids (on channel 926). History Channel was also renamed recently to History, as was the +1 version of the channel.