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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
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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