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20 years of growth: a Discovery Networks International timeline

1989

May 1, 2009

1989

* Discovery Networks launches in the UK and Europe

1994

* Discovery Networks launches in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa

1995

* Discovery Networks launches in Canada, India and Australia

1996

* Discovery Kids launches in Latin America

1997

* Animal Planet launches internationally

* People + Arts launches in Latin America

1998

* Discovery Science launches internationally

2000

* Animal Planet reaches 100 million households globally

2001

* Discovery Channel becomes the world’s most widely distributed television brand

2004

* Discovery Networks International announces the launch of the Discovery Lifestyle portfolio of lifestyle brands: Discovery Travel & Living, Discovery Home & Health, Discovery Real Time and Discovery Real Time Extra

2005

* Discovery HD, Discovery’s international HD network, launches in Asia and Canada

* Discovery Geschichte launches in Germany

2006

* Discovery HD launches in the UK and Europe

* DMAX, Discovery’s first free-to-air channel, launches in Germany

* Discovery Historia launches in Poland

2007

* Discovery Turbo and Discovery Knowledge launch in the UK

2008

* DMAX launches in the UK

* Discovery World launches in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

* Discovery launches its first international HD simulcast service for Discovery Channel in Japan

2009

* Investigation Discovery launches in Europe, the Middle East and the UK

* Discovery HD launches in Romania, its 24th international market

* Animal Planet HD launches internationally in Scandinavia

* Quest launches on the Freeview DTT platform in the UK

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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