BBC Earth
Logo used since September 2023
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaMiddle East and North Africa
Nordic countries
Latin America and Caribbean
India (as Sony BBC Earth)
South Korea
South Africa
New Zealand
Asia-Pacific (now available Worldwide)
Czech Republic
Europe (now available Worldwide)
South Asia
North America
HeadquartersLondon, United Kingdom
Picture format1080i (16:9 HDTV)
OwnerBBC Studios
Sister channelsBBC Brit
BBC Entertainment
BBC Lifestyle
BBC First
BBC World News
Launched1 February 2015 (Poland)
13 April 2015 (Nordic countries)
14 April 2015 (Romania, Turkey & Hungary)
1 September 2015 (Latin America & South Africa)
3 October 2015 (Asia)
28 December 2015 (Serbia)
1 January 2016 (Eastern Europe)
6 March 2017 (India, as Sony BBC Earth)
1 April 2017 (Philippines)
12 September 2017 (Laos)
1 October 2017 (Greece)
1 February 2018 (Croatia)
5 April 2018 (MENA)
22 October 2018 (New Zealand)
15 November 2018 (Czech Republic and Slovakia)
10 October 2019 (Australia)
15 September 2021 (Astro, Malaysia)
ReplacedBBC Knowledge
BBC HD (Latin America only)
BBC Entertainment (Eastern Europe only)
Discovery Science (Astro, Malaysia)
National Geographic (Taiwan)
Closed13 April 2017 (Latin America)
14 December 2021 (Latvia)
1 April 2022 (Brunei)
17 April 2023 (Nordic countries)
Replaced byBBC Nordic
DStv (South Africa only)Channel 184
Foxtel (Australia)Channel 290
Channel 134 (HD)
Fetch TV (Australia)Channel 130

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


Former logo, still used in India

In October 2013, the BBC announced that in 2014 it would rollout three 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 continue to operate.[5]

International roll-out


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

Nordic countries

BBC Earth replaced BBC Knowledge in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland on 13 April 2015.[6][7] It was replaced by BBC Nordic on 17 April 2023.[8]


BBC Earth replaced BBC Knowledge on 14 April 2015.[9]


On 14 April 2015, BBC Earth was launched in Romania, replacing BBC Knowledge.[10]


BBC Earth launched in Turkey, replacing BBC Knowledge on 14 April 2015.[11]

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.[12][13] On 13 April 2017, the channel ceased its transmissions, along with BBC Entertainment and CBeebies.[14][15]

South Africa

The channel launched in South Africa on the DStv (satellite) platform replacing BBC Knowledge on 1 September 2015.[16]


In Asia, BBC Earth launched in Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam on 3 October 2015, replacing BBC Knowledge.[17] In the Philippines, it was launched on 1 April 2017 along with BBC World News.[18] On 12 September 2017, it was announced to be launch via Laosat DTH in Laos.[19] In Myanmar, the channel was available via Sky Net and CANAL+.[20]

On 14 September 2021 BBC Earth HD, along with BBC Lifestyle HD, returned to Malaysian satellite TV service Astro.[21]

BBC Earth was among the other pay TV channels to launch in Taiwanese cable TV providers on 1 January 2024, following the announcement of National Geographic and other Disney-owned linear channels to cease their operations in Taiwan.[22]


In Serbia, BBC Earth was launched on 28 December 2015 replacing BBC Entertainment.[23]

Eastern Europe

BBC Earth launched in Eastern European countries on 1 January 2016, replacing BBC Entertainment.


In Greece, the channel was launched on Cosmote TV on 1 October 2017.[24]

Middle East & North Africa (MENA)

BBC Earth launched in Middle East & North Africa through the beIN DTH and STC TV services on 5 April 2018.[25]


Main article: Sony BBC Earth

BBC has entered into a joint venture with Multi Screen Media to launch the channel in India, branded as Sony BBC Earth. It was launched on 6 March 2017, following regulatory approval of the joint venture. Kareena Kapoor is the ambassador for this channel.[26]


Main article: BBC Earth (Canada)

On 6 December 2016, BBC Worldwide and Canadian media company Blue Ant Media announced plans to launch a Canadian version of BBC Earth. The channel launched on 24 January 2017 and on 18 February 2017 hosted the Canadian premiere of Planet Earth II, on the same date as the United States, where it also aired on BBC America.[27] BBC Earth replaced Blue Ant Media's radX. Due to foreign ownership restrictions by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, the channel is fully owned by Blue Ant Media, with the BBC Earth brand and programming licensed from BBC Worldwide.[28][29][30]

New Zealand

BBC Earth launched on Sky on 22 October 2018 in New Zealand, replacing BBC Knowledge.[31]


BBC Earth launched on Foxtel and Fetch TV in Australia on 10 October 2019, replacing BBC Knowledge.[32]

United States

In the United States, BBC Earth does not have a channel in the country, but airs all BBC Earth programs on BBC America, and channels owned by Warner Bros. Discovery, while PBS also does the same thing, but also including partnerships in Nature, Nova and more.

Programming blocks

There are BBC Earth programming blocks on the following channels:


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