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|National Geographic Channel|
|Owned by||NGC Networks Korea, LLC|
(National Geographic Society and The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific)
|Picture format|| 720p HDTV |
(downscaled to 16:9 480i for the SDTV feed)
|SkyLife (South Korea)||Channel 402 (SD)|
Channel 82 (HD)
|U+ TV (South Korea)||Channel 43 (HD)|
National Geographic Channel is a South Korean subscription television channel that airs non-fiction television programs produced by the National Geographic Society. It is owned by NGC Networks Korea, LLC, a joint venture between the National Geographic Society (NGC) and The Walt Disney Company Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.
South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (ROK), is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula and sharing a land border with North Korea. The name Korea is derived from Goguryeo which was one of the great powers in East Asia during its time, ruling most of the Korean Peninsula, Manchuria, parts of the Russian Far East and Inner Mongolia under Gwanggaeto the Great. Its capital, Seoul, is a major global city and half of South Korea's 51 million people live in the Seoul Capital Area, the fourth largest metropolitan economy in the world.
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Non-fiction or nonfiction is content whose creator, in good faith, assumes responsibility for the truth or accuracy of the events, people, or information presented. In contrast, a story whose creator explicitly leaves open if and how the work refers to reality is usually classified as fiction. Nonfiction, which may be presented either objectively or subjectively, is traditionally one of the two main divisions of narratives, the other traditional division being fiction, which contrasts with nonfiction by dealing in information, events, and characters expected to be partly or largely imaginary.
Prior to the launch of NGC in South Korea, video documentaries produced by National Geographic Society were broadcast on the terrestrial TV channels. Previously, a Pan-Asian version, operated by STAR TV (a News Corporation subsidiary), was available to South Korean viewers. However, it was replaced by a dedicated local version broadcast from Seoul in February 2004.
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The South Korean version broadcasts documentaries by National Geographic, all dubbed in Korean. But because of South Korean regulations, it also airs South Korean productions.
The South Korean version is available on SkyLife satellite TV platform and on local cable TV systems nationwide. Outside South Korea, a version of NGC Korea, distributed by Radio Korea Media Group, is available on DirecTV (once a News Corp subsidiary) in the United States alongside the U.S. version, and is part of the Korean Direct package.
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