Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel - Logo 2019.svg
CountryUnited Kingdom[1]
Broadcast areaFrance
Sub-Saharan Africa
New Caledonia
Picture format16:9 1080i (HDTV)
OwnerWarner Bros. Discovery EMEA
Sister channelsDiscovery Science France
Discovery Investigation
Launched1 August 2004; 17 years ago (2004-08-01)

Discovery Channel is a French pay television channel that was launched on 1 September 2004. Until then, France had been the only region in Western Europe not reached by the Discovery Channel. It initially reached 3.2 million subscribers via the CanalSat platform.[2] On 31 March 2009, the channel adopted the new Discovery Channel logo and look.[3]

The channel faces competition from other documentary channels such as Planète+ and National Geographic.

In December 2016, Altice acquired an exclusivity agreement with NBCUniversal and Discovery Networks.[4][5] Discovery Channel and Science were removed from Canal on 17 January 2017, and French versions of Investigation Discovery and Discovery Family were launched exclusively on SFR.[6]


Programs are mostly taken from the United Kingdom and the United States and include:

Language localisation

The channel is known for its abysmal language localisation and voice-over translation. Voice over translation is culturally associated to past midnight shopping programs and unlike most of the CanalSat's channels, it didn't offer the original audio of the programs as an option.


  1. ^ "Licence Details for Discovery Channel France". Ofcom. Archived from the original on 2011-01-17. Retrieved 2009-06-17.
  2. ^ "DISCOVERY CHANNEL MAKES FRENCH DEBUT" (Press release). Discovery Communications. September 1, 2004. Archived from the original on May 12, 2008.
  3. ^ "Nouvelle identité pour Discovery Channel". March 24, 2009.
  4. ^ "SFR s'offre Discovery et NBCUniversal en exclu". CB News (in French). 7 December 2016. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  5. ^ "SFR vole l'exclusivité de nombreuses chaînes (Discovery, 13è Rue, Syfy...) à Canal+, et à la Freebox !". Freenews (in French). 2016-12-08. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  6. ^ "Discovery Family : Lancement pour les abonnés SFR-Numericable en France". (in French). 2017-09-14. Retrieved 2020-04-28.