The National Geographic Channel features nature and science documentaries produced by the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Channel is owned by NGC-UK Partnership, which also operates a another documentary channel in the UK, Nat Geo Wild, which focuses more on nature and wildlife.
On satellite, The National Geographic Channel is a subscription channel, requiring a subscription to the Sky TV Original Bundle subscription package.
The National Geographic Channel was launched on 1 September 1997. A “plus one” timeshift channel is also available.
On 22 May 2006 National Geographic Channel HD was launched. National Geographic Channel HD is available as part of the Sky HD subscription package.
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.
National Geographic Channel Numbers
National Geographic Channel is on Sky channel 526.
National Geographic Channel +1 is on Sky channel 527.
National Geographic Channel HD
National Geographic Channel HD will be allocated to Sky channel 526 if you subscribe to the Sky HD subscription package.
Sky TV Channels
A selection of the channels available on the Sky TV subscription packages.