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What Channel Is Discovery on DISH Network? (2024 Update)

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What Channel Is Discovery on DISH Network? (2024 Update)

Few channels are as mindlessly addicting as Discovery. From its highly informative edutainment programming to its heart-pounding reality shows, the Discovery Channel has been entertaining audiences for over 45 years now. Even after merging with Warner Brothers in 2022, Discovery continues to offer shows revolving around popular science and technology (and the occasional attention-grabbing gimmick). Here’s where DISH Network subscribers can find the Discovery Channel on their TV guide.

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Discovery Channel Guide

Channel NameDISH Network Channel Number
Discovery ChannelChannel 182
Discovery FamilyChannel 179
Investigation DiscoveryChannel 192

History of the Discovery Channel

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The Discovery Channel is part of the Warner Bros. Discovery family.

Long before Discovery and Warner Bros. merged to form a supersized media conglomerate, there was simply the Discovery Channel. Launched by John Hendricks in 1985, the station was envisioned as a home for educational and informative television programming. At the time, there was really nothing else like it on TV. From history to technology to nature and beyond, the Discovery Channel opened up audiences’ eyes to new information through some truly remarkable programming. Its first official Shark Week, debuting in 1988, helped elevate the channel to new heights.

With the success of the first Shark Week in the late ’80s, Discovery was able to grow and evolve like never before. As the ’80s gave way to the ’90s (and again to the 2000s), Discovery slowly shifted its programming away from the solely educational to include some more entertaining documentary series in the mix. This new direction was more along the lines of Shark Week: fun, gimmicky programming that could also teach audiences a thing or two they didn’t already know. It was still reality television, to be clear, but it was reality TV with a twist.

By the 2000s, Discovery had never been further away from its original focus on science and history. (One could argue that shows like American Chopper and Deadliest Catch have loose connections to science and technology, but “loose” is the real keyword.) The story is pretty much the same today. From Naked and Afraid to Alaskan Bush People, Ghost Adventures to Street Outlaws, Discovery is closer in spirit to pseudo-science than true science. Nevertheless, it remains a very popular channel among DISH Network subscribers.

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Discovery Channel Programming

Still from Naked and Afraid on Discovery Channel.
Be it sheer curiosity or genuine interest,

Naked and Afraid

is one of Discovery’s most popular shows.

The Discovery Channel offers just one type of programming: reality television. From its very earliest beginnings in the mid-1980s, Discovery has kept the focus on informational or educational reality and unscripted programming. This remains its focus today, even if the shows are a lot less educational than they once were. Some of the only science-minded programs remaining on Discovery Channel are BattleBots and How It’s Made. Everything else is either pseudo-scientific at best or pure entertainment at worst.

Some other popular Discovery Channel programs include the Deadliest Catch franchise, the Naked and Afraid franchise, the Gold Rush franchise, and the Street Outlaws franchise. Each of these franchises has a variety of different spinoffs and offshoots to their names. Dirty Jobs is another long-running Discovery Channel classic. So is Moonshiners. We’d be remiss not to mention the annual Shark Week, as well. This seven-day programming block features a variety of new and existing shark specials.

Frequently Asked Questions

What channel is Discovery Channel on DISH Network?

DISH Network viewers can tune in to channel 182 to find the Discovery Channel. Sister station Discovery Family is located on channel 179. Additionally, there’s Investigation Discovery on channel 192.

Do they still make new episodes of Deadliest Catch on Discovery Channel?

Yes, there are still new episodes of Deadliest Catch being made on the Discovery Channel. There’s also the new spinoff series Deadliest Catch: The Viking Returns. The show premiered in 2022 but has not received a second season yet.

What happened to the Mythbusters reboot on Discovery Channel?

After Mythbusters ended its original run in 2016, Science Channel attempted to reboot the show for a different network with new hosts. It only lasted two years before being canceled. The same goes for Mythbusters Jr, which did not last long either.

Are they making new episodes of Naked and Afraid?

Naked and Afraid and all its spinoffs continue to be some of the most popular programming on the Discovery Channel. For this reason, Discovery is continuing to make new episodes of the show and its offshoots. Fans of Naked and Afraid, Naked and Afraid: Last One Standing, Naked and Afraid: Solo, and Naked and Afraid XL can expect new episodes annually.

Is Discovery+ merging with Max?

The Discovery Channel and its streaming service Discovery+ have merged with Max to offer the best of Warner Bros. and Discovery to the streaming services subscribers. With that being said, Discovery+ still exists as a standalone streaming service alongside Max.

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