|Picture format||16:9 1080i (HDTV)|
|Owner||Warner Bros. Discovery EMEA|
|Sister channels||Discovery Science France|
|Launched||1 August 2004|
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. On 31 March 2009, the channel adopted the new Discovery Channel logo and look.
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. 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.
Programs are mostly taken from the United Kingdom and the United States and include:
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.