Quest (TV channel)

Launched 30 September 2009
Owned by Discovery Networks Northern Europe
Picture format 16:9 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share 0.61%
0.06% (+1) (January 2018 (2018-01), BARB)
Slogan At the Heart of the Action (2009–2014)
Where Fact is Bigger than Fiction (2014–present)
Country United Kingdom
Replaced DMAX +1.5 (Quest +1)
Sister channel(s) Animal Planet
Discovery Channel
Discovery HD
Discovery History
Discovery Home & Health
Discovery Science
Discovery Shed
Discovery Turbo
Investigation Discovery
Quest Red
Timeshift service Quest +1
Freeview Channel 37
Channel 83 (+1)
Channel 114 (HD)
Freesat Channel 167 (HD)
Channel 168 (+1)
Channel 172
Sky Channel 144 (SD/HD)
Channel 244 (+1)
Channel 866 (SD)
Astra 2E 12382 H 27500 5/6
12382 H 27500 5/6 (+1)
11426 V 27500 5/6 (HD)
Virgin Media Channel 172
Channel 173 (+1)
Channel 217 (HD)
Virgin Media Ireland Channel 154
Eir Vision Channel 154
Streaming media
TVPlayer Watch live (UK only)
Watch live (+1 Timeshift) (UK only)
Virgin TV Anywhere Watch live (UK only)

Quest is a television channel available in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Quest provides factual, lifestyle, entertainment programmes and other imported material. The channel is operated by Discovery Networks Northern Europe and is available free-to-air.



In October 2008, Discovery announced that they would launch a channel on Freeview in early 2009, but without using the "Discovery" name. A placeholder appeared on Freeview channel 47 on 5 January 2009 and Tiscali TV channel 109 on 14 May 2009.[1] Although the channel planned to launch on 14 May 2009 at 10 am, after broadcasting a promo loop on the planned launch morning, at 10 am the channel returned to displaying a "Coming soon" message.[2][3]

The Quest website displayed a message reading: "Regrettably we have made the decision to postpone the launch of Quest. Due to a number of commercial factors we have had to make this difficult decision. We did not make this decision lightly and we are working towards launching Quest in the near future. We would like to apologise wholeheartedly to any of you that have been looking forward to this launch."

In August 2009, Discovery Networks announced that it planned to launch the channel on 30 September 2009.[4] At the same time the channel moved to channel 38.[5] Quest launched on Sky, on 1 October 2009, after acquiring an EPG slot from Information TV 2. Quest +1 launched on Sky, replacing DMAX +1.5 on 2 November 2009.[6]

Quest launched on Virgin Media on 25 March 2010 on channel 179.

Notable features

It is notable for cropping the top and bottom from 4:3 programming in order to make it 16:9. Furthermore, if the channel is viewed with a receiver set to 4:3, the sides are cropped from the image (including cutting the channel logo in half) meaning only the very centre of the original picture is viewable.


On 15 October 2010, Quest began broadcasting a 24-hour schedule on all platforms except Freeview.[7] On 30 June 2011, Gems TV acquired a 24-hour Freeview stream,[8] ending their timeshare with Quest, allowing Quest to begin broadcasting for 24 hours a day on Freeview as well.

Quest +1 on Freeview

At the beginning of March 2014, Quest +1 appeared on Freeview channel 57. On 27 May 2014, Quest moved on Freeview to channel 37 and Quest +1 moved to channel 38. On 15 March 2017 it moved to channel 92 due to the launch of sister channel Quest Red, and later channel 83 following closures.

Sports coverage

On 21 July 2014, Quest announced that they would be broadcasting live football in the form of the 2014 Schalke 04 Cup - a pre-season tournament featuring the likes of Newcastle United F.C. and West Ham United F.C.[9] Five months later the channel broadcast live coverage of the Dubai Challenge Cup.[10]

Speedway highlights are also shown on Quest.

Since 2016, Quest has showed coverage of the British Superbike Championship live, free-to-air. Originally, it was to avoid a clash with other events being shown on Eurosport's normal broadcast channels but subsequently the event has regularly been shown on the channel either live or by highlights.[11]

In late 2016 Quest broadcast live coverage and highlights of the new Home Series International Snooker Series, Quest broadcast afternoon sessions live of the English, Scottish and Northern Irish Opens with evening coverage exclusively on Eurosport and highlights. Both Eurosport & Quest cover the final sessions live of each tournament live. The coverage is presented by Andy Goldstein or Colin Murray alongside Jimmy White, Dennis Taylor & Ronnie O'Sullivan with commentary by the usual Eurosport commentators Dave Hendon, Neal Foulds & Phil Yates.

Quest also shows parts of the 24 Hours of Le Mans each year along with its sister channels Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2.

English Football League (EFL)

Kicking-off from the 2018-19 season, the four-year deal will see Quest provide 90 minutes of extensive match highlights of the English Championship, League One and League Two, hosted by Colin Murray, in primetime at 9pm every Saturday night.[12] As a result, the channel announced a HD version would launch in July 2018. It launched on 21 July 2018 on Virgin Media channel 217 but was removed on 24 July 2018. It officially launched on 2 August 2018 on Virgin Media, on 3 August on Freesat and Sky, and on 14 August on Freeview.[13]

The EFL said in its news release on 4 May 2018 that "the partnership between the EFL and Quest will guarantee accessible high quality, free-to-air coverage for football fans across the country".[14] When the first show was broadcast on 4 August 2018, viewers experienced frequent breakup of picture and the screen aspect was reduced to the obsolete 4:3 ratio. Numerous complaints were made and DigitalSpy ran a feature on the impact of the "technical difficulties". Quest claimed that "some" viewers experienced problems but the DigitalSpy investigation strongly suggests that everyone was impacted. Quest added that they were working to resolve the issue.[15]

Sky channel moves

On 17 October 2013, Quest moved from 154 to 167 on Sky, while TLC +1 moved from 195 to 154, and Quest +1 moved from 167 to 195.

On 16 July 2015, Quest moved from 167 to 144 on Sky, switching places with sister channel DMAX.[16]

Quest and Quest Red removed their encryption and began broadcasting free-to-air on satellite in June 2017, and were added to the Freesat guide early in July.[17]

As part of Sky's major EPG reshuffle on 1 May 2018, Quest +1 moved from channel 195 to 244 (due to Quest not moving from channel 144).

See also


  1. "Placeholder for Quest appears on Freeview". Retrieved 2009-01-06.
  2. "Discovery's Quest to launch in May". Broadcast. 2009-02-23.
  3. "Quest TV - Failed launch - The Story". Radio & Telly. Retrieved 2009-05-14.
  4. "Quest sets Freeview launch date". Broadcastnow. 2009-08-05.
  5. "'Industrial Junkie' to premiere on Quest". Digital Spy. 2009-09-07.
  6. "Implementation - Quest +1". AGB Nielsen Media Research. 2009-10-02.
  7. "Quest goes 24 hours". The Airwaves. 2010-10-15. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24.
  8. "Freeview 24/7 for GemsTV". ShoppingTelly. 29 June 2011. Archived from the original on 15 March 2012.
  9. Quest [@QuestTV] (21 July 2014). "@QuestTV will be broadcasting the 2014 Schalke 04 Cup live. 2 -3 August. @NUFC @Hammers__News #SportOnQuest. More to come..." (Tweet) via Twitter.
  10. "Freeview football bonus as Quest covers Dubai Challenge Cup".
  11. "Brands BSB set for free-to-air TV".
  12. "Quest becomes new home of EFL highlights". Eurosport UK. 3 May 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  13. Quest [@QuestTV] (3 May 2018). "Hey there We're working with the platforms to make Quest HD available. We'll let you know!" (Tweet) via Twitter.
  14. "Quest becomes new home of EFL highlights". EFL. 4 May 2018. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  15. "EFL football is on Quest but not everyone is a fan after technical difficulties on launch show". DigitalSpy. 5 August 2018. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  16. Quest [@QuestTV] (16 July 2015). "Anyone watched Quest on it's new channel position 144 on @sky yet? #questsky144" (Tweet) via Twitter.
  17. Quest [@QuestTV] (4 July 2017). "Hi #freesat viewers! Welcome to the world of Quest! We're LIVE on @freesat_tv on channel 167! Can you see us yet? #spreadingthenews #questtv" (Tweet) via Twitter.
  19. "Forensics Detectives: Who did it? Lab Grades 6-8 - science - Pinterest - Forensics, Forensic science and School". Pinterest.
  21. TVGuide. "Forensic Detectives (Remnant of Blame) on Investigation Discovery +1, Sat 4 Aug 8:00pm - TV Guide UK TV Listings".
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