National Geographic (Australian and New Zealand TV channel)

National Geographic Oceania is a subscription television documentary network in Oceania that features programmes on subjects such as nature, science, culture and history, plus some reality television and pseudo-scientific entertainment programming. It is the Oceanian version of the National Geographic Channel Asia Pacific. Since 2020, it has been the only Disney-owned network in Oceania (alongside Nat Geo Wild and ESPN) to broadcast as a linear television channel, with the Disney Channel and Disney Junior having been shut down in favour of the streaming service Disney+.[2]

National Geographic Oceania
New Zealand
Broadcast areaOceania
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Timeshift serviceNational Geographic +2
OwnerThe Walt Disney Company (Asia Pacific)
(Disney International Operations)
Sister channelsNat Geo Wild, ESPN, ESPN2
Launched1 September 1997[1]
FoxtelChannel 139 (SD/HD)
Channel 641 (+2)
Channel 1610 (SD)
Optus TVChannel 610
TransACTChannel 301
FoxtelChannel 610 (SD/HD)
Channel 641 (+2)
Channel 1610 (SD)
Sky (NZ)Channel 072
Channel 204
Fetch TVChannel 610
Foxtel PlayChannel 139
Vodafone TV (NZ)Channel 072
Streaming media
Foxtel GoChannel 610
Sky Go (NZ)


Many of the network's documentaries are produced by the National Geographic Society. It features some programming similar to that on the Discovery Channel and History, such as nature and science documentaries. The channel is available through Foxtel, Optus, and TransTV in Australia, and on Sky and Vodafone TV in New Zealand. Its advertising sales are handled by Multi Channel Network.[3]

It has two sister channels: Nat Geo Wild and Nat Geo People.


National Geographic Channel was launched as high-definition simulcast channel on 22 June 2008.[4] On 14 November 2016, the word "Channel" was dropped from its name and branding, at the same time as other network channels around the world.[5]


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  1. ^ Seasons 3–5; 7; 9-present excluding "Getting out Alive" from season 13.


  1. ^ "International Geographic". Television Business International. 2 May 2010. p. 172.
  2. ^ "Shareholdings". Foxtel. Archived from the original on 15 November 2016. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  3. ^ "MCN to represent advertising sales for Fox International Channels Australia". Launch Group. 20 November 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  4. ^ Knox, David (17 June 2008). "Foxtel HD+ channels launch Sunday". TV Tonight. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  5. ^ Knox, David (14 November 2016). "National Geographic goes Further with rebrand". TV Tonight. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Canon and Nat Geo take viewers behind the lens". MediaWeek. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  7. ^ "National Geographic Channel Goes Under the Hood of Toyota Australia's State of the Art Production Facilities". Toyota. 28 February 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Schwerer Gustav: Hitlers Enormous Gun | Geography Scout".
  9. ^ "Page Not Found". Retrieved 9 April 2018. Cite uses generic title (help)
  10. ^ Purcell, Charles (17 September 2013). "NEW TONIGHT: Tamra's OC Wedding, Ultimate Airport Dubai and more". Tumblr. Archived from the original on 24 July 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2015.

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