Discovery (Dutch TV channel)

Launched 11 April 1989 (1989-04-11) (European feed)
12 April 2003 (2003-04-12) (Localized Dutch feed)
Network Discovery Networks Benelux
Owned by Discovery, Inc.
Picture format 576i 16:9 SDTV
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share 1.7% (2016, [1])
Slogan Make Your World Bigger
Country Netherlands
Language Dutch
Broadcast area Netherlands
Formerly called Discovery Channel
Sister channel(s) Animal Planet
Discovery Science
Discovery World
Eurosport 1
Eurosport 2
Fine Living
Food Network
Investigation Discovery
Travel Channel
Digitenne Netherlands Channel 16 (SD)
CanalDigitaal Netherlands Channel 44 (SD)
Ziggo Netherlands Channel 17 (HD)
Telenet Belgium Channel 15 (HD) Flanders
Channel 113 (HD) Brussels
T-Mobile (Netherlands) Channel 61
Streaming media
Ziggo GO (Netherlands only)

Discovery (formerly Discovery Channel) is a Dutch television channel airing in the Netherlands. Its primary target is men aged 25–39.[2]

Cable television has a very high penetration in the Netherlands and Belgium, and Discovery is available on virtually every platform. It has enjoyed relatively high ratings for several years; in 2003 it had 1.5 percent share of all viewing, which had risen to 1.8 percent in 2008.


Discovery Channel launched in Europe in April 1989.[3]

The Dutch Discovery distinguishes itself from other versions by having broadcast live sports events. In late November 2008 it broadcast three matches from the Eredivisie. The highest rated of these matches was seen by 805,000 viewers.[4][5][6]

In August 2009 the channel switched to the 16:9 widescreen format.[7]

In May 2012 Discovery Networks Benelux launched a HD simulcast of Discovery Channel in the Netherlands and Belgium, replacing Discovery HD Showcase and was first introduced by UPC Netherlands.[8]

Animal Planet, Eurosport 1, Investigation Discovery and TLC are also widely available. Eurosport 2, Discovery World, Discovery Science, Fine Living, Food Network and Travel Channel are available as well, but they are only distributed as part of bonus packages.


  1. "Jaarrapport 2016 TV" (PDF). Stichting Kijk Onderzoek.
  2. "Discovery Channel - Factsheet 2009" (PDF). Discovery Networks Benelux.
  3. Chalaby, Jean K. (2009). Transnational Television in Europe: Reconfiguring Global Communications Networks. I.B.Tauris. p. 31. ISBN 9780857717474.
  4. "Eredivisie voetbal eenmalig een weekend lang live te zien op Discovery Channel" (PDF). Discovery Networks Benelux. November 18, 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 24, 2011.
  5. "Historisch aantal kijkers voetbalweekend op Discovery Channel" (PDF). Discovery Networks Benelux. December 1, 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 24, 2011.
  6. "Historisch aantal kijkers voetbalweekend op Discovery Channel". Nederlands MediaNetwerk. December 1, 2008.
  7. "Discovery Channel voortaan in breedbeeld". August 19, 2009.
  8. Jarco Kriek (April 29, 2012). "Discovery HD bij UPC van start". Totaal TV.
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