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Smithsonian Channel
CountryUnited Kingdom and Ireland
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom and Ireland
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerParamount Networks UK & Australia
Sister channelsChannel 5
Launched12 February 2019; 5 years ago (2019-02-12)
Closed6 January 2023; 13 months ago (2023-01-06)

Smithsonian Channel was a British free-to-air television channel that was launched as the UK version of the US documentary network Smithsonian Channel. It launched on 12 February 2019 and closed down on 6 January 2023.

The content of the channel, much of which is drawn from the US station, comprised predominantly original non-fiction programming covering a range of historical, scientific and cultural subjects.


Test transmissions for the new services began with the addition of HD and subsequently SD broadcast capacity on the Astra 2G satellite in late 2018.

The channel was officially made available on 12 February 2019. Ahead of the launch, it had been suggested that the network would begin on satellite, then launch on Freeview in the spring, though it launched on all four platforms, along with Freesat.


On December 15, 2022, it was announced that the channel would be closing on January 6, 2023 after nearly four years on air. Its programming shifted online to other Paramount Global presences, including Paramount+, My5 and Pluto TV.[1]

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  1. ^ Desk, RXTV News (2022-12-15). "Smithsonian Channel closing, falls victim to streaming > RXTV info". RXTV info. Retrieved 2022-12-17.