Smithsonian Channel

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Smithsonian Channel
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LaunchedSeptember 26, 2007
Owned by Smithsonian Institution
Showtime Networks
Picture format 1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
SloganIt's brighter here
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaUnited States
Canada
Latin America
United Kingdom
Headquarters Washington, DC
Sister channel(s) Showtime
The Movie Channel
Flix
Website SmithsonianChannel.com
Availability
Terrestrial
Freeview
(United Kingdom)
Channel 99 (SD)
Satellite
DirecTV United States:
Channel 570 (HD)
Channel 1570 (VOD)
Latin America
Channel 1747 (HD)
Dish Network Channel 367 (SD/HD)
Sky
(UK and Ireland)
Channel 195 (SD/HD)
Freesat
(UK)
Channel 175 (SD/HD)
Astra 2G
(28.2°E)
11171 H 22000 5/6
Cable
Available on most cable systemsChannel slots may vary
Verizon FiOS Channel 634 (HD)
Starhub TV
(Singapore)
Channel 415 (HD)
Spectrum Channel 763 (HD)
Virgin Media
(United Kingdom)
Channel 295 (HD)
IPTV
AT&T U-verse Channel 118 (SD)
Channel 1118 (HD)
Streaming media
YouTube TV Internet Protocol television
Hulu Live TV Internet Protocol television
FuboTV Internet Protocol television

Smithsonian Networks is a joint venture between CBS Corporation's Showtime Networks and the Smithsonian Institution. The service consists of Smithsonian Channel, Smithsonian On Demand , and smithsonianchannel.com .

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Contents

The network’s content is inspired by the Smithsonian Institution’s museums, research facilities and magazines. It features original non-fiction programming that covers a wide range of historical, scientific and cultural subjects. It is also available from On Demand in both high definition and standard definition.

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As of February 2015, approximately 33.6 million American households (28.9% of those with television) receive Smithsonian Channel. [1]

Programming

The Smithsonian Channel features a wide array of programming covering science, nature, culture, history, air and spacecraft, and documentaries. They create everything from long-running series to one-off, in depth specials.

<i>Aerial America</i> Smithsonian Channel television series

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Hosted by actor Tom Cavanagh, Stories from the Vaults is a series of 30-minute shows featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex. The new series, produced by Caragol Wells Productions, showcases the Smithsonian's rarest treasures as Tom Cavanagh meets with the experts behind the Smithsonian and discusses what it takes to preserve these precious artifacts for the generations to come. Stories from the Vaults debuted September 2007 on Smithsonian Networks. The second season premiered Sunday July 12, 2009.

Smithsonian Channel's programming library is currently distributed by Trifecta Entertainment & Media.

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Carriage

Originally only offered in high definition, the Smithsonian Channel HD began airing on DirecTV's new HD lineup on September 26, 2007. Dish Network had originally added the HD channel on May 12, 2008, until February 1, 2009, when Dish dropped it. Then on December 11, 2015, Dish began to offer the channel again. [18] In 2010, Smithsonian Networks entered into an agreement with Comcast for broadcast of the channel until 2020.

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Smithsonian Networks is also available on AT&T U-verse and Charter Communications in high definition and standard definition and on Verizon FiOS, Mediacom, and CenturyLink's Prism as part of their Premium and Preferred packages.

Since 2015, Cox Communications added the channel on at least a few of their systems.

In addition, full episodes and clips are available on devices such as the iPad, Android as well as streaming media devices such as Roku and Apple TV. [19] [20] [21]

In December 2018, HD test transmissions for the Smithsonian Channel were broadcast on the Astra 2G satellite used by the UK's Sky platform. [22] The channel launched on 12 February 2019 on all major UK platforms. [23]

Controversy

In 2006 Carl Malamud of publishing and sharing non-profit Public.Resource.Org complained that private company Showtime and the publicly owned Smithsonian Institution were entering a contract to establish Smithsonian Networks without sufficient public disclosure. [24] Under the contract Showtime would be able to deny permission to other media producers wishing access to Smithsonian collections. [25] Documentarian Ken Burns said of this deal "I find this deal terrifying... It feels like the Smithsonian has essentially optioned America's attic to one company". [25]

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References

Notes

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  7. "Aerial Britain". Smithsonian Channel. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
  8. "Aerial Cities". Smithsonian Channel. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  9. Tom Cavanagh Is the Inside Man for the 'Vaults' Job, July 12, 2009
  10. Hope Diamond to get new setting for Anniversary, August 19, 2009 Archived August 30, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  11. 72nd Annual Peabody Awards, May 2013.
  12. MLK: The Assassination Tapes (Smithsonian Channel), November 26, 2013.
  13. Arrow Media, Humans at Helm: Is Any Flight Safe?, Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, September 27, 2013
  14. The Futon Critic, Smithsonian Channel(TM) to Premiere "Terror in the Skies" Sunday, September 29 at 8PM ET/PT, September 16, 2013
  15. National Geographic Channel – International, Terror in the Skies
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  17. "The Real Story". Smithsonian Channel. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  18. "Dish Network adds Smithsonian Channel in High Definition" . Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  19. "Ways to Watch Smithsonian Channel" . Retrieved 1 August 2018.
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  21. "Apple TV Adds Apps for Vevo, Weather Channel, Disney, and Smithsonian Channel" . Retrieved 1 August 2018.
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  24. O'Reilly, Tim (5 April 2006). "Smithsonian Sunshine – O'Reilly Radar". radar.oreilly.com. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  25. 1 2 Wyatt, Edward (1 April 2006). "Smithsonian Agreement Angers Filmmakers". The New York Times . New York: NYTC. ISSN   0362-4331 . Retrieved 20 October 2013.