National Geographic (Asia)

National Geographic
Launched 1 August 1998
Owned by National Geographic Television & Film
21st Century Fox
(Fox Networks Group)
News Corporation
and Fox International Channels)
Picture format 576i (SDTV) 16:9
1080i (HDTV)
Slogan "Further"
Language English
Broadcast area Asia
Headquarters Head office Mumbai, Hong Kong
Studios and production facility:
1 Fusionopolis Link, #03-01 Nexus @ One-North, Singapore 138542
Formerly called National Geographic Channel
(1 August 1998 – November 2016)
Replaced NBC Asia
(1 January 1994 – 31 July 1998)
Sister channel(s) Nat Geo People
Nat Geo Wild
National Geographic Abu Dhabi

Nexmedia (Indonesia) Channel 201
Channel 553 (SD)
Channel 573 (HD)
Channel TBA
Tata Sky
Channel 551 (SD)
Channel 552 (HD)
Channel 569 (SD)
Channel 558 (HD)
MNC Vision
Channel 202 (SD)
Channel 450 (HD)
Cignal Digital TV
Channel 141 (SD)
Channel 240 (HD)
G Sat
Channel 20
Channel 306
HKC Sat, Cable TV Hong Kong
(Hong Kong)
Channel 752 (SD)
Channel 701 (HD)
Dialog TV
(Sri Lanka)
Channel 39 (SD)
Channel 78 (HD)
Topas TV
Channel 181
SKYNET (Myanmar) Channel 66
Channel 51 (HD)
Channel 250 (HD)
Sun Direct TV
Channel 61 (HD)
Airtel Digital TV
Channel 5341
(Middle East
& North Africa)
Channel 513
First Media
Channel 110 (SD)
Channel 361 (HD)
SkyCable / Destiny Cable
Channel 55 (Analog)
Channel 41 (Digital)
Channel 171 (SD)
Channel 723 (HD)
Pioneer Cable Vision Incorporated (PCVI)
Channel 26
Channel 62 (SD)
Channel 331 (HD)
Channel 569 (SD)
Channel 558 (HD)
Channel 30
FDI Digital Cable
Channel 500
Channel 126
Macau Cable TV
Channel 402 (SD)
Channel 419 (HD)
Jogja Medianet
Channel ???
Asianet Digital TV

Channel 403 (SD)

Channel 818 (HD)
Channel 140
Parasat Cable TV
Channel 72
StarHub TV
Channel 411
Channel 400 (SD)
Channel 805 (HD)
Channel 84 (HD)
(Sri Lanka)
Channel 50
now TV
(Hong Kong)
Channel 215 (SD)
Channel 218 (HD)
Channel 250
Channel 10
Channel 62
Singtel TV
Channel 201
Channel 46 (HD)
Unifi TV (Malaysia) Channel 508 (HD)
M2V Mobile TV
Channel 10

National Geographic (Nat Geo Asia, was formerly known as NBC Asia from 1 January 1994 until 31 July 1998) is a 24-hour Asian subscription television channel that features non-fiction, factual programming involving nature, science, culture and history, produced by the National Geographic Society, just like History and the Discovery Channel.

It was launched on 1 January 1994 by the partnership and distribution with STAR TV, Fox International Channels, and now Fox Networks Group is a Hong Kong-based pan-Asian satellite network owned by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox a replacing the NBC Asia channel on 1 August 1998. As of 2008, the Asian version of National Geographic Channel is available in over 56 million homes. NGC Asia has six different channels feeds.


NBC Asia (1 January 1994 – 31 July 1998)

On 1 January 1994, NBC it was officially launched to grand inaugurated a pay television channel in Asia called NBC Asia available in Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Cayman Islands, Micronesia, British Virgin Islands, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, South Korea, People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Macau, Republic of China, Thailand and Philippines at how many of 20-countries of the Asia it like of NBC Europe, NBC Asia featured most of NBC programs as well as NBC Nightly News (a flagship daily evening primetime television news program for NBC News), The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live and Late Night. Like its European counterpart, it could not broadcast United States-produced primetime shows due to rights restrictions. It also had NBC Sports for the latest action in selected sporting events such: NFL on NBC (a subsidiary of NFL), Major League Baseball on NBC (a subsidiary of MLB), NBA on NBC (a subsidiary of NBA) and NHL on NBC (a subsidiary of NHL). During weekday evenings, NBC Asia had a regional evening news program. It occasionally simulcast some programs from CNBC Asia and MSNBC.

National Geographic Asia (1 August 1998–now)

On 1 August 1998, NBC Asia was replaced by the National Geographic Channel. As is the case with NBC Europe, however, selected The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live and Late Night episodes and Meet the Press can still be seen on CNBC Asia during weekends. CNBC Asia shows NFL games and also brands them as Sunday Night Football.


  • National Geographic Asia – Broadcasts in both English and Cantonese via two audio tracks.
  • National Geographic Channel India – It is aimed at India and neighbouring countries. It airs in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali via five different audio tracks.
  • National Geographic Israel – Includes an Hebrew subtitles track.
  • National Geographic Middle East – It simulcasts the Asian from 11:00pm to 5:00am Hong Kong time. Arabic subtitles are available as well.
  • National Geographic Japan – includes Japanese subtitles.
  • National Geographic Taiwan – includes Chinese subtitles.
  • National Geographic Hong Kong – features two audio tracks airing English and Cantonese programming, as well as a Chinese subtitles track.
  • In Malaysia and Singapore, the US HD feed is distributed instead of the Asian one. However, any US ads that air are replaced with Malaysian or Singaporean ads, and they switch some latest episodes to older ones.

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