Discovery Channel
Broadcast areaItaly, San Marino, Vatican City, Switzerland
Language(s)Italian, Original
Picture format1080i HDTV
Timeshift serviceDiscovery Channel +1
OwnerWarner Bros. Discovery EMEA
Sister channelsDiscovery Science
Launched1 September 1997; 26 years ago (1997-09-01)
Streaming media
Sky GoDiscovery Channel HD
Discovery+Discovery Channel HD

Discovery Channel is an Italian, television channel.

Discovery Channel was launched on 1 September 1997 on the pay-television platforms TELE+ Digitale and Stream TV and has been exclusive to Sky Italia since its launch in 2003. With the launch of Sky Italia, Discovery quickly branched out by launching the additional channels Discovery Travel & Adventure, Discovery Science and Discovery Civilisation Channel, followed by Animal Planet and Discovery Real Time in 2005.

The present Discovery Channel logo was adopted on 9 April 2019.

A timeshifted version of the channel, called Discovery Channel +1, started on 10 November 2008.[1][2]

A high-definition simulcast of Discovery Channel started on 20 July 2009.[3] It was the first channel from Discovery EMEA to be simulcasted in both SD and HD.

The sisters channels Discovery World, Discovery Travel & Living and Animal Planet respectively closed on 1 March 2016 (Discovery World; 11 August 2008, as Discovery Civilisation Channel) and 1 February 2019 (Discovery T&L and Animal Planet).

From July 1 2021, the channel respectively switching to numbering 405.

From November 1 2023, the channel respectively switching to numbering 407.

While from November 1 2023, the timeshift +1 version of the channel switches to numbering 408.


  1. ^ "Millecananli Newsletter n. 314". Millecanali. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011.
  2. ^ "Sky, da oggi attivi Discovery Channel +1 e DeAkids +1". Digital-Sat. November 10, 2008.
  3. ^ "Discovery Channel in HD. Castellari: "Obiettivo di crescita a due cifre per la raccolta 2009"". Pubblicità Italia.