Smithsonian Channel is continuing its international expansion by launching in the UK – its first European service – on February 12th.
Already available internationally in Canada, Singapore and Latin America, British and Irish viewers will have access to the network’s award-winning programming in HD on Virgin (Channel 295), Sky (Channel 195) and Freesat (Channel 175), and in SD on Freeview (Channel 99).
Smithsonian Channel’s original content spans a wide range of non-fiction topics, including history, travel, air and space, science, nature and pop culture. Inspired by the world-famous Smithsonian Institution – the world’s largest museum and research complex, which was founded when Englishman James Smithson donated his fortune to America for “the increase and diffusion of knowledge” – and combined with the storytelling prowess of SHOWTIME and CBS, Smithsonian Channel has become widely recognised for the quality of its non-fiction programming. It is the youngest channel to have won an Emmy.
“Smithsonian Channel has already resonated powerfully with audiences in Canada, Singapore and Latin America, so we can’t wait to bring our award-winning and varied slate of programming to the UK audience,” said Tom Hayden, President of Smithsonian Networks.
“We have a long track-record of working with UK production companies, and over the years our programs have been featured by leading UK broadcasters,” added David Royle, Chief Programming Officer, Smithsonian Networks. “Now we’ll be bringing a lot of exciting new programmes to the UK, along with commissioning new programmes specific to British interests.”