National Geographic (Dutch TV channel)

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.[1]

National Geographic
Broadcast areaNetherlands, Belgium
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerThe Walt Disney Company (Benelux) BV
The Walt Disney Company
Sister channels24Kitchen
National Geographic Wild
Launched1 July 1998; 23 years ago (1998-07-01)
ReplacedSuper Channel (1987–1993)
NBC Super Channel (1993–1996)
NBC Europe (1996–1998)
Former namesNational Geographic Channel (1998–2016)
DigitenneChannel 21 (HD)
ZiggoChannel 18 (HD)
Channel 939 (SD)
CaiwayChannel 16 (HD)
TelenetChannel 16 (SD)
Channel 51 (HD)
Numericable BelgiumChannel 204
DELTAChannel 15 (HD)
Kabel NoordChannel 252 (HD)
Canal DigitaalChannel 19 (HD)
TV Vlaanderen DigitaalChannel 25 (HD)
JoyneChannel 34 (SD)
KPNChannel 18 (HD)
Belgacom TVChannel 96 (Flanders only)
T-MobileChannel 81 (HD)
Tele2Channel 19 (HD)
Streaming media
Ziggo (Europe only)


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.[2] 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.[3]

On 14 November 2016, National Geographic Channel was rebranded as National Geographic, dropping the "Channel" from its name.[4]

On 20 March 2019 The Walt Disney Company acquired 21st Century Fox, including Fox Networks Group Benelux.[5]

National Geographic HDEdit

National Geographic HD is available in the Netherlands. It launched through CanalDigitaal on 11 April 2006, two months later followed by UPC Netherlands on 8 June 2006.[6] 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.[7]


See alsoEdit


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

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