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BBC Earth (TV channel)


BBC Earth (TV channel)

BBC Earth
Launched 1 February 2015 (Official, Poland)
13 April 2015 (Nordic Countries)
14 April 2015 (Hungary, Romania & Turkey)
1 September 2015 (Latin America & South Africa)
3 October 2015 (Asia)
Owned by BBC Worldwide
Picture format 576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Language Various
Broadcast area Available in 37 countries (+ 4 countries as a programming block)
Replaced BBC Knowledge
BBC HD (Latin America only)
Sister channel(s) BBC Brit
BBC Lifestyle
BBC First
BBC World News
NC+ (Poland) Channel 80 (HD)
Cyfrowy Polsat (Poland) Channel 71 (HD)
Channel 163 (HD)
Canal Digital (Denmark, Finland, Norway & Sweden) Channel 38 (Denmark)
Channel 26 (Finland)
Channel 37 (Norway)
Channel 25 (Sweden)
UPC Polska (Poland) Mediabox Channel 393
Kaon Channel 313
Horizon Channel 315
VECTRA (Poland) Channel 702
TOYA (Poland) Channel 370
Netia (Poland) Channel 49
INEA (Poland) Channel 196
Orange Polska(Poland) HD Channel 93
SD Channel 90
YouSee (Denmark) Channel 63
Altibox (Norway) Channel 48
Canal Digital Cable (Norway) Channel 25
Com Hem (Sweden) Channel 50
Get (Norway) Channel 51
Sappa (Sweden) Channel 34

BBC Earth is a documentary subscription television channel featuring premium factual programming. The channel is wholly owned and operated by BBC Worldwide. Originally set to rollout internationally in 2014,[1] it was later announced it would launch in 2015,[2] starting in Poland.[3]


  • History 1
    • International roll-out 1.1
      • Poland 1.1.1
      • Nordic Countries: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland 1.1.2
      • Hungary 1.1.3
      • Romania 1.1.4
      • Turkey 1.1.5
      • Latin America 1.1.6
      • South Africa 1.1.7
      • Asia 1.1.8
      • Programming blocks 1.1.9
      • Future 1.1.10
        • India
  • References 2
  • External links 3


In October 2013, BBC announced that in 2014 they would rollout 3 new brands - BBC Earth, BBC First, and BBC Brit, with BBC Earth to be dedicated to premium factual programming.[1] It was later announced that the channel would air series such as Frozen Planet and Wonders of the Universe. In addition, roughly 30 hours of new content would be ordered for the channel in its first year.[4] The channel is set to replace BBC Knowledge, however, if the existing channel is successful in certain markets it may remain.[5]

International roll-out


BBC Earth premiered in Poland on the 1 February 2015, replacing BBC Knowledge.[3]

Nordic Countries: Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland

BBC Earth replaced BBC Knowledge in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland on 13 April 2015.[6][7]


BBC Earth replaced BBC Knowledge on 14 April 2015.[8]


On 14 April 2015, BBC Earth launched in Romania, replacing BBC Knowledge.[9]


BBC Earth launched in Turkey, replacing BBC Knowledge, on 14 April 2015.[10]

Latin America

BBC Earth launched in the Latin American countries of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela on 1 September 2015, replacing BBC HD.[11][12]

South Africa

The channel launched in South Africa replacing BBC Knowledge on 1 September 2015.[13]


BBC Earth launched in the Asian countries Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, on 3 October 2015, replacing BBC Knowledge.[14]

Programming blocks

There are BBC Earth programming blocks on the following channels:



BBC have entered into a joint venture with Multi Screen Media to launch the channel in India, branded as Sony BBC Earth. A launch date is yet to be determined, following regulatory approval of the joint venture.[17]


  1. ^ a b Middleton, Richard (18 October 2013). "BBCWW to scrap global iPlayer". C21 Media. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Julie Swanston sets out commissioning wish list for new BBC Worldwide Channels" (Press release). BBC Worldwide. 8 October 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "BBC BRIT and BBC EARTH to make their global channel debut in Poland" (Press release). BBC Worldwide. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Curtis, Chris (12 December 2013). "BBCW lifts lid on male channel". BroadcastNow. Archived from the original on 20 March 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Parker, Robin (27 January 2014). "BBC Brit unveiled by Worldwide". BroadcastNow. Archived from the original on 25 March 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Nordics launch for BBC BRIT and BBC EARTH" (Press release). BBC Worldwide. 13 January 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "BBC overhauls channels in Nordic region". Telecompaper. 6 March 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "HD csatornát indított a BBC Magyar nyelven". (in Hungarian). 14 April 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "BBC Worldwide has today launched its new genre brand BBC EARTH as a linear channel in Romania" (Press release). BBC Worldwide. 14 April 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "BBC Expands Global Footprint across Turkey" (Press release). BBC Worldwide. 14 April 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "BBC Worldwide unveils the launch titles for BBC Earth's channel debut in Latin America" (Press release). BBC Worldwide. 13 August 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  12. ^ Amaya, Hernàn (17 July 2015). "BBC to replace BBC HD with BBC Earth in Latin America". Nex TV News Latin America. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  13. ^ "BBC Worldwide’s new global brands BBC Brit and BBC Earth prove a hit with South African audiences" (Press release). BBC Worldwide. 17 September 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "BBC Earth to Launch in Asia" (Press release). 22 July 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  15. ^ "BBC Earth branded block premieres on ProSieben MAXX in Germany" (Press release). BBC Worldwide. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  16. ^ a b "BBC Worldwide Secures BBC Earth deals in Spain and Flanders" (Press release). BBC Worldwide. 6 August 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  17. ^ "BBC Worldwide and Multi Screen Media Form Joint Venture to Launch ‘Sony BBC Earth’ in India" (Press release). BBC Worldwide. 16 September 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 

External links

  • Official Website
  • BBC Earth Latin America, (in Spanish)
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