Discovery Channel France

Discovery Channel France is a television channel broadcasting to France. It is the French version of the Discovery Channel.

Discovery Channel France
Launched1 September 2004 (2004-09-01)
Owned byDiscovery Networks EMEA
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
CountryUnited Kingdom[1]
Broadcast areaFrance
Sister channel(s)Discovery Science France

The channel launched on September 1, 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 March 31, 2009, the channel adopted the new Discovery Channel logo and look.[3]

The channel faces competition from other documentary channels such as Planète.


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 2011-01-01. 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.
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