|Launched||September 26, 2007|
|Owned by|| Smithsonian Institution |
Showtime Networks, Inc.
|Picture format|| 1080i HDTV |
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
|Slogan||It's brighter here|
|Broadcast area|| United States|
|Sister channel(s)|| Showtime |
The Movie Channel
Channel 570 (HD)
Channel 1570 (VOD)
Channel 1747 (HD)
|Dish Network||Channel 367 (SD/HD)|
|Available on most cable systems||Channel slots may vary|
|Verizon FiOS||Channel 634 (HD)|
| Starhub TV |
|Channel 415 (HD)|
|AT&T U-verse|| Channel 118 (SD)|
Channel 1118 (HD)
|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, Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution. The service consists of Smithsonian Channel, Smithsonian On Demand , and smithsonianchannel.com .
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.
As of February 2015, approximately 33.6 million American households (28.9% of those with television) receive Smithsonian Channel.
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.
Smithsonian Channel's programming library is currently distributed by Trifecta Entertainment & Media.
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.In 2010, Smithsonian Networks entered into an agreement with Comcast for broadcast of the channel until 2020.
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.
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.Under the contract Showtime would be able to deny permission to other media producers wishing access to Smithsonian collections. 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".