Long after being removed from most digital TV platforms, Discovery shuts Travel Channel in first move since signing a new carriage deal with Sky.
Originally part of Scripps Networks, which was subsequently taken over by Discovery, Travel Channel has continued as a unpublicised free-to-air service via the Sky platform since being dropped from other services.
It’s slot on other digital TV platforms, including Freeview, was used to relaunch sister channel DMAX as a free-to-air channel in early 2019. As part of the relaunch, DMAX took on some of Travel Channel UK’s output of US-reality/adventure shows.
The closure of the Travel Channel on Sky follows the signing of a new carriage deal between Discovery and Sky, ending contractual obligations to continue running Travel Channel in the background, instead focusing on adding new on-demand services including MotorTrend to Sky Q in the future.
Following the new carriage deal, Discovery will remove Travel Channel from Sky channel 178 on 30th June. As a result, Discovery Home and Health will move from 177 to 178, while Discovery Health transfers from 171 to 177.
Meanwhile, Discovery’s Animal Planet channel will revert to being a SD only service on Sky on 1st July.