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Inspector Sands13,681 posts since 25 Aug 2004

Most of the Discovery Channels' new material is made in the US, not the UK. Most other channels are exactly the same, mostly repeats, and what new stuff there is made in the US. Sky 1 and Sky Living are about the only channels that do do new stuff that is UK produced. Yes, they do a lot of new imports too, but they have a feeling of being stronger than most other channels. Even Discovery's channels pretty much don't feel like they're on a different level from channels like Dave, or even the CBS channels.

Er what has UK versus UK content got to do with it? They can still be popular and strong offerings even though they're mostly American. Factual is an area that is lacking outside of pay TV and the big 5


Personally the documentaries section is the one genre I miss since I left pay TV and went Freeview and the fuss created when Discovery threatened to leave Sky last year shows I'm not alone
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London Lite10,455 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
I know some people don't like the crime programming, but I've found C+I and Investigation Discovery (ID) excellent.

Discovery History is another decent channel for actually showing history docs instead of reality nonsense.
dbl9,189 posts since 11 Jun 2004
London London
Discovery, National Geographic and their spin off channels really are grim though. No substance and what content there is, is sensationalised. Very little dispassionate thought given.

There's a lack of/limited budget for new/acquired programming and that's the main cause (a common complaint internally), especially for Discovery's non-flagship genre sister channels. Hence why the schedule seems a little de ja vu, except if they rerun a 'new' programme from the main flagship channels on the genres..
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cityprod1,961 posts since 3 Oct 2005
Westcountry Spotlight

Most of the Discovery Channels' new material is made in the US, not the UK. Most other channels are exactly the same, mostly repeats, and what new stuff there is made in the US. Sky 1 and Sky Living are about the only channels that do do new stuff that is UK produced. Yes, they do a lot of new imports too, but they have a feeling of being stronger than most other channels. Even Discovery's channels pretty much don't feel like they're on a different level from channels like Dave, or even the CBS channels.

Er what has UK versus UK content got to do with it? They can still be popular and strong offerings even though they're mostly American. Factual is an area that is lacking outside of pay TV and the big 5


Personally the documentaries section is the one genre I miss since I left pay TV and went Freeview and the fuss created when Discovery threatened to leave Sky last year shows I'm not alone


For me its an important thing, the whole UK vs Imports thing. I would want to encourage more new production in this country. Sadly, about 80% of the material shown on the multi-channels are repeats, with the vast majority of new or first run material, being imports, mainly from the US, but also from Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Most of the new material produced here airs on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 or Channel 5 and their various associated channels. Most of Sky's first run output is either on Sky News or Sky Sports, with Sky 1 doing the most new commissions out of the multi-channels.
Inspector Sands13,681 posts since 25 Aug 2004
You're deliberatly getting sidetracked.

I don't think anyone doesn't want to encourage more British TV production, but that doesn't mean that imports automatically = bad telly. There's still plenty of content on pay TV that makes it in demand and therefore a strong offering
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