Discovery Channel is UK television channel, owned by Discovery Networks Northern Europe. They also own a number of other “Discovery” channels: Animal Planet, Discovery History, Discovery Home & Health, Discovery Science, Discovery Shed, Discovery Turbo, DMAX, Investigation Discovery, Quest and TLC.
On satellite, Discovery Channel is a subscription channel, requiring a subscription to the Sky TV Original Bundle subscription package.
Launched in 1 April 1989 the channel was originally called Discovery Channel Europe. In October 1998, Discovery Channel, and Discovery Channel+1, launched on Sky digital.
On 22 May 2006 Discovery HD launched. This was not a simulcast of the main channel, but it had a seperatre scheudled. It was not until 30 June 2011 that Discovery HD began to simulcast Discovery Channel. Discovery Channel HD is available as part of the Sky HD subscription package
Discovery Channels programmes include MythBusters, Extreme Engineering, Bear Grylls, How Do They Do It?, Deadliest Catch, Storm Chasers and Time Team.
The majority of the Sky TV pay channels are on the European beam of the Astra 2E, Astra 2Fand Astra 2G satellites. The European beam give very good reception across the majority of mainland Spain. This means that the Sky TV pay channels can be received in Spain on a satellite dish measuring a minimum of 80x85cm.
Some Sky TV pay channels are on the “UK beam” or “UK Spot beam” of the Astra 2E, Astra 2F and Astra 2G satellites. This UK beam signal footprint is different to the previous UK TV satellites UK beam. This has meant that reception of channels on the new Astra 2 satellites will be different to previous reception. In the areas between Valencia and Alicante, our service area, the Sky TV channels on the new Astra 2 satellites UK beam can still be received on a small satellite dish – as small as a 110x120cm satellite dish, with a 125x135cm satellite dishbeing the recommended size satellite dish.
However, in other areas of Spain, reception of these Sky TV pay channels on the new Astra 2 satellites UK beam has become harder. For example, in areas such as Barcelona, Catalonia and Zaragoza, you need at least a 1.8m satellite dish to receive these channels on the Astra 2F UK beam, whereas previously you only needed a smaller 80cm satellite dish. It is a similar story in the south of Spain, in areas like the Costa del Sol, Malaga, Almeria, Seville, Gibraltar and even Portugal, where even the larger 2.4m satellite dishes are struggling to receive these channels on the Astra 2 satellites UK beam.
Discovery Channel Numbers
Discovery Channel is on Sky channel 520.
Discovery Channel +1 is on Sky channel 521.
Discovery Channel HD
Discovery Channel HD will be allocated to Sky channel 520 if you subscribe to the Sky HD subscription package.
Sky TV Channels
A selection of the channels available on the Sky TV subscription packages.