In 1942 John Hendricks founded the channel. On 17th June 1985, the channel started official broadcasting. Initially, it started with 156,000 domestic connections, and it was broadcast 12 hours a day (3 p.m. to 3 a.m.). 75 percent of its program content was new and unprecedented in American television history. In the early years, the channel has been carrying out its activities aiming to create educational programs in the cultural and nature-related documentary genre, and the channel continues to maintain that continuity.
Discovery channel is known for its best program. Bear Grylls Man vs. Wild is one of the most popular programs in the worldwide Discovery Channel. Also some popular shows are the Food Factory, How It's Made, Magic of Science, History of the World, Curiosity, Gold Rush, The Real American Cowboy, Planet Earth, Frozen Planet, Last One Standing etc. The channel also displays documentary about contemporary content context and showcase.
Planet Earth is an eleven-part BBC documentary series, which is a comprehensive portrait of the earth. The series has eleven episodes, each of which features a global overview of a different biome or habitat on Earth. At the end of each fifty-minute episode, a ten-minute featurette takes a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges of filming the series.
Battlefield is a documentary series that was originally aired in 1994 which explored the most influential partitions that occurred mainly during the Second World War and the Vietnam War. The series draws from a novel that displays history described by detailed notes of the main battles along with contextual information and background.
Walking with Cavemen is a documentary series produced by the BBC in 2003. A book of the same title was published, at least in the English-speaking world, as an accompaniment to the television documentary. This documentary is the 4th in the series "on the earth..." and the result of the land of the missing monsters, it deals with the history of man.
Man vs. Wild (USA), also called Born Survivor: Bear Grylls (UK), Deadliest Catch (Brazil) and Survival (Portugal) is a British television series produced by the Discovery Channel and distributed in Brazil, USA, Canada, India and Australia. Bear was also a soldier of the British Special Air Service. Among his adventures are the ascent to the summit of Mount Everest, the crossing of the North Atlantic in a small inflatable boat and the return around the British Isles in a jetski.
After 2000 (eng. Towards 2000, Beyond 2000, Beyond Tomorrow) is an Australian popular science television series produced by the television company Beyond Television Productions. It debut on ABC in 1981 under the name "Towards 2000". In 1985, the program changed its name to "Beyond 2000" and went under that name until 1999, and in 2005 changed its name to "Beyond Tomorrow".
Unsolved History - an American documentary series produced by MorningStar Entertainment and Termite Art Productions depicting studies of unexplained cases conducted by various scientists who in the first part of episodes based on experience make hypotheses reconstructing the probable course of events, while in the second episode it is played as an animated 3D film (according to the scenario from the first part).
Our blue planet (original title: The Blue Planet) is an eight-part documentary that deals with the marine habitat. The series, whose German subtitle is The Natural History of the Seas, was created under the auspices of the BBC and was first seen in September 2001 on British television. The material in the series, using unpublished sequences, was used to produce the feature film documentary Deep Blue. With their outstanding underwater shots, the series set new standards in the opinion of many critics. The production team, led by the British naturalist filmmaker Alastair Fothergill worked for several years on it to capture sea life on film.
Future Weapons is a series running since 2006 on the US Discovery Channel, showcasing modern and future weapons and weapons systems. Host of the program was Richard Machowicz, a former Navy Seal. Since March 2009, the program is running weekly in Germany on DMAX. Each episode has a specific theme, such as "maximum firepower," to which (usually four) different weapons (systems) are shown that are suitable for the task described in the title (for example, an MLRS or the Metal Storm system). These are presented by Machowicz and usually tested by him on a test site of the respective companies, or he visits a corresponding armed with the weapon system military unit.
Dinosaurs - In the realm of the giants (original title: Walking with Dinosaurs) is a documentary television series of the British BBC from the year 1999 over dinosaurs and other reptiles (Saurier) of the Mesozoicum (Erdmittelalter). In the United States, the premiere recorded the best rate of the Discovery Channel in the broadcaster's history.
Destroyed in Seconds was the television program broadcast on the Discovery Channel in the United States of America and on DMAX and Deejay TV in Italy, which talks about serious accidents, filmed with cameras, mobile phones or any other object, which occurred in a few seconds where, miraculously, the victim or victims, they almost always survive. The program was aired in two editions for 54 episodes.
Reconstruction of human society (in English: The Colony) is a reality television program, broadcast on the Discovery Channel. Let a small group of people in a simulated rear end of the living environment of the times in order to discuss reconstruction after the end of the era of human society. Season 1 was recorded from February 28th to April 28th, 2009, and was premiered on Discovery Channel on July 21, 2009.