National Geographic (Dutch TV channel)

National Geographic
Launched 1 July 1998 (1998-07-01)
Picture format 576i (16:9, SD)
1080i (HD)
Audience share 1.5% (2016, [1])
Country Netherlands
Broadcast area Netherlands, Belgium
Formerly called National Geographic Channel (1998–2016)
Replaced Super Channel (1987–1993)
NBC Super Channel (1993–1996)
NBC Europe (1996–1998)
Sister channel(s) Nat Geo Wild
Fox Sports Eredivisie
Fox Sports International
Digitenne Channel 20
CanalDigitaal Channel 18 (HD)
TV Vlaanderen Digitaal Channel 25 (HD)
Ziggo Channel 18 (HD)
CAIW Channel 16 (SD/HD)
Telenet Channel 16 (SD)
Channel 51 (HD)
Numericable Belgium Channel 204
KPN Channel 20
Belgacom TV Channel 96 (Flanders only)
T-Mobile Channel 81
Streaming media
Ziggo GO (Netherlands only)

National Geographic is a Dutch free-to-air television channel that features documentaries produced by the National Geographic Society. It features some programming similar to that on the Discovery such as nature, science, culture, and history documentaries. The channel launched in the Netherlands in 1998 and initially time shared with CNBC Europe. It was later launched worldwide including in Asia and the United States. Today, the channel is available in over 145 countries, seen in more than 160 million homes and in 25 languages.[2]


National Geographic Channel launched in the Netherlands on 1 July 1998. It replaced NBC Europe, formerly known as NBC Super Channel and Super Channel. At the start National Geographic Channel time shared with CNBC Europe.[3] In 2006 NBCUniversal sold its 25% shares to the News Corporation but it took 3 years before National Geographic Channel became a 24 hours channel. On 1 December 2009 CNBC Europe ceased airing in the mornings.[4]

On 14 November 2016, National Geographic Channel was rebranded as National Geographic, dropping the "Channel" from its name.[5]

National Geographic HD

National Geographic HD is available in the Netherlands. It launched through CanalDigitaal on 11 April 2008,[6] two months later followed by UPC Netherlands on 8 June 2006.[7] Originally the HD version was not a simulcast of the standard definition version of the National Geographic Channel, with some of the content coming from Rush HD, however from 1 September 2011 National Geographic Channel HD became a simulcast.[8]


See also


  1. "Jaarrapport 2016" (PDF). Stichting Kijk Onderzoek.
  2. "Corporate Info". NBC. 27 September 2012. Archived from the original on 15 August 2007.
  3. Raymond van den Boogaard (8 July 1998). "Exit NBC". Trouw.
  4. Jan-Hein Visser (20 November 2009). "National Geographic Channel stopt kanaaldeling". Totaal TV.
  5. David Knox (14 November 2016). "National Geographic goes Further with rebrand".
  6. Jarco Kriek (9 April 2008). "CanalDigitaal start HDTV-aanbod". Totaal TV.
  7. "UPC start met HDTV". Techzine. 8 June 2006.
  8. Jarco Kriek (22 July 2011). "National Geographic Channel HD wordt HD-simulcast van SD-variant". Totaal TV.
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