Discovery Channel

Just in time for all those new HD TVs under the tree, Bell Media announced today the high definition launch of three of its popular Factual channels: Animal Planet HD, Investigation Discovery HD and Discovery Science HD.

With these new 24-hour channels mirroring each channel’s SD schedule – now offered in captivating high definition and Dolby 5.1 audio – animals get a bigger bite, crimes are more captivating and science gets super-sized! 

Today, Animal Planet HD, Investigation Discovery HD and Discovery Science HD roll out on Bell Fibe TV on channels 1525, 1528 and 1523, respectively.  Viewers who subscribe to the standard definition (SD) versions of these channels on Bell Fibe TV will automatically receive the high definition (HD) versions at no additional cost.  A free preview of Animal Planet HD will be available to Bell Fibe TV customers until January 31, 2012.

Additionally, Animal Planet HD also launches today on Shaw on channel 251 (256 in Hamilton). Shaw will be offering their HD subscribers a free preview of Animal Planet HD until January 31, 2012 – and automatically provide the HD channel at no extra cost to viewers who already subscribe to Animal Planet (SD). 

“Today’s launch completes the Discovery portfolio’s HD offerings and joins Discovery Channel HD and Discovery World HD to offer the world’s best in factual high definition entertainment,” said Paul Lewis, President and General Manager, Discovery Channel. “Vibrant, fully immersive and captivating – this is how Discovery’s programming is meant to be seen and experienced.”

 

A taste of what’s to come in HD in early 2012:

 

Animal Planet HD is ready to roar – quite literally! – with a new series and specials in the works for 2012. First, explore the colourful and curious mating and survival strategies of the world’s most compelling creatures in LIFE (Jan. 8) as the critically-acclaimed BBC series with Sir David Attenborough makes its Animal Planet premiere. Then, as the 50th anniversary of the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) approaches, get an in-depth look into an internationally renowned “icon” on MUTUAL OF OMAHA’S PANDAMANIA (Jan. 11). Also in January, meet the worst behaved pets in the world on BAD DOG! (Jan. 19); and then, go deep into the backwoods of wild Kentucky with legendary woodsman Ernie Brown Jr. as he takes on some of the most outlandish and outrageous nuisance residents these woods have to offer – including raccoons, skunks, snakes, venomous spiders and possums – on the Canadian premiere of CALL OF THE WILDMAN (Jan. 28).

From fibers and fingerprints to critical clues and cold cases, crime solving is even more captivating in HD!  Coming to Investigation Discovery HD in January, DEADLY WOMEN (Jan. 2) returns with more of history’s most alluring and deadly female killers. New Canadian series, INHERITING TROUBLE (Jan. 13) explores explosive family dynamics when inheritance, greed and grief are in play. Help is on the line when CALL 911 (Jan. 22) returns with more real 911 calls between the victims and dispatchers. Then, is it a ghost or just leaky pipes? The team from PARANORMAL HOME INSPECTORS (Jan. 28) are back to uncover more unexplained problems in Canadian homes.

From space to sex to science fiction, Discovery Science is bigger and bolder in HD this January! Rod Roddenberry celebrates the legacy of Star Trek as he explores the deep impact of his father’s singular vision for the future in TREK NATION (Jan. 2). Questions about sex, drugs, aliens and more are explored and answered on CURIOSITY (Jan. 7). Next, the METEORITE MEN (Jan. 9) return to hunt for more outer-space objects. Then, PROPHETS OF SCIENCE FICTION (Jan. 16) profiles the great minds of science fiction who imagined the future, and for some, saw their fantasies become reality.

Sparks are gonna fly!  Paul Teutul, Senior; and Paul Teutul, Junior, are about to go head to head – or helmet to helmet – as they put their personal issues aside and get down to business. The two-part chopper challenge, AMERICAN CHOPPER LIVE: THE BUILD-OFF airs Mon., Dec. 5 at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT (two hours, recorded earlier in the evening) and Tues., Dec. 6 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT (one hour, LIVE) on Discovery Channel from Las Vegas.

But it’s not just the Teutuls who will be putting their skills and their ego on the line. Jesse James – who made his television debut on Discovery Channel – will return to the network for the first time since 2006 to take on the Teutuls. James will be joining the father and son in his attempt to prove that one doesn’t need the surname “Teutul” to win the title of master bike builder. 

Jesse James and the Teutuls previously shared time on the network with their own hit series – MONSTER GARAGE and AMERICAN CHOPPER, respectively – but now, these combustible characters will share the same stage for the first time. The fierce competition and live results special will test the breaking points of the Teutuls family feud and Jesse James’ notoriously hot temper.  

Coming on the heels of AMERICAN CHOPPER’s return to Discovery Channel last year with the new SENIOR VS JUNIOR spin, the veteran show will take its success to new heights with its first LIVE event. On Monday, the first night of this two-part event, see the teams build extraordinarily cool new bikes. Then on Tuesday, Night 2, AMERICAN CHOPPER LIVE: THE BUILD-OFF will air LIVE, straight from the Strip in downtown Las Vegas, NV. What better place than Sin City to crown the winner of this unique bike building competition?

Will Senior’s years of experience give him the edge? Will Junior’s younger outlook lead him to victory? Or will wild card Jesse James wipe the floor with the two of them?

While partridges and pear trees, gold rings, milking maids and piping pipers are all busy working elsewhere, Discovery Channel steps up and ensures that the holidays are going to be awesome!  

With 10 days packed full of viewer favourites – including CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, MYTHBUSTERS, GOLD RUSH, DIRTY JOBS, AN IDIOT ABROAD and RIVER MONSTERS – tune in December 24 to January 2 for full-season and multi-episode marathons of the channel’s very best programs.

Wrapping up the year, Discovery Channel’s 10 days of merry Marathons include:

 

CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, Seasons 6 and 7 (16×60)

Sat., Dec. 24 at 8 a.m. – 12 midnight ET (5 a.m. – 9 p.m. PT)

Can’t get enough of the #1-ranked Canadian series on specialty television? Buckle in for another ride with Canada’s most delinquent drivers! Ride shotgun through two whole seasons as Discovery Channel presents eight-hour marathons of both Season 6 (beginning and 8 a.m. ET/5 a.m. PT) and Season 7 (beginning at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT), bumper to bumper. From the first key in the ignition to the final slamming of the brakes, stay off the streets and watch both seasons unfold! 

 

MYTHBUSTERS (30×60)

Sun., Dec. 25 at 12 midnight – Mon., Dec. 26 at 6 a.m. ET (Sat., Dec. 24 at 9 p.m. – Mon., Dec. 26 at 3 a.m. PT)

You’ve heard them so many times, they must be true. Or are they?  MYTHBUSTERS sets out to validate – or debunk – urban myths using every tool at their disposal. Across 30 hours of myth-busting mayhem, science and technology experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, explore the merits of commonly-believed myths and reveal which – if any – have a basis in solid fact. 

 

AUCTION KINGS (24×30)

Mon., Dec. 26 at 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET (3 a.m. – 3 p.m. PT)

When bidding starts, the gloves come off and it’s every buyer for himself! From 19th century vampire hunting kits and softball-sized meteorites, to a genuine Nazi handbook, AUCTION KINGS captures the emotional journey of discovering one-of-a-kind riches – or disappointing rags. The bidders and sellers come from all walks of life, looking to make money, buy a unique piece or simply enjoy the excitement of winning a hidden gem. Showcasing one of the most storied auction houses, Gallery 63 and its owner Paul Brown, each episode follows four or five feathered items, from intake to the auction block.

 

GOLD RUSH 2 (7×60)

Mon., Dec. 26 at 6 p.m. – Tues., Dec. 27 at 1 a.m. ET (3 p.m. – 10 p.m. PT)

As the price of gold increases worldwide, so does interest in mining the rare mineral in Alaska where there are veins worth an estimated $250 billion. Follow six down-on-their luck men from Oregon as they risking everything in an attempt to strike it rich in the wilderness of Alaska. Todd Hoffman leads this group of inexperienced miners – with only one rookie season under their belts – back to the mine they’ve leased at Porcupine Creek to finish what they started. Discovery Channel presents a seven-episode marathon – a perfect opportunity to get caught up on the crew’s triumphs and challenges so far (new episodes will continue in January/February).

 

DIRTY JOBS (35×60)

Tues., Dec. 27 at 1 a.m. – Wed., Dec. 28 at 12 noon ET (Mon., Dec. 26 at 10 p.m. – Wed., Dec. 28 at 9 a.m. PT)

In an eye-popping 35-hour marathon, catch up with the “master of muck,” intrepid host and apprentice Mike Rowe, as he meets hardworking men and women who overcome fear, danger – and oftentimes stench – to accomplish their daily tasks. With his hands-on approach, Rowe assumes the duties of the jobs in question – from animal relocater and wetland warrior to rum distiller and asphalt paver – working alongside the professionals performing the vital yet outrageous jobs that simply must get done.

 

AMERICAN CHOPPER: SR. VS. JR. (13×60)

Wed., Dec. 28 at 12 noon – Thurs., Dec. 29 at 1 a.m. ET (9 a.m. – 10 p.m. PT)

What’s a holiday without a little family bickering? For the Teutuls, what was once a family business is now a family feud, and all bets are off for what new fireworks await in AMERICAN CHOPPER: SENIOR VS. JUNIOR. This 13-episode marathon captures the renewed rivalry as Paul Sr. continues to build world-famous custom bikes at OCC, while Junior opens up Paul Jr. Designs.

 

INVENTIONS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD (10×60)

Fri., Dec. 30 at 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET (5 a.m. – 3 p.m. PT)

From the airplane, to the electric guitar, to the DNA fingerprint, the 20th century was the most spectacular era of invention in human history. This 10-hour marathon is a decade-by-decade voyage of discovery and explores where great ideas come from. Each episode explores one 20th century decade through the iconic inventions that shaped it:  the radio that made the world smaller; the machine gun that made it more dangerous; or the parking meter that made it more expensive.

 

AN IDIOT ABROAD: THE BUCKET LIST (6×60)

Fri., Dec. 30 at 6 p.m. – 12 midnight ET (3 p.m. – 9 p.m. PT)

Fooled and flustered for a second time, reluctant traveller Karl Pilkington returns in the endlessly entertaining follow-up to AN IDIOT ABROAD, the critically-acclaimed series that followed Pilkington – dragged kicking and screaming – on a quest to see the Seven Wonders of the World.  Now, his “friends” Ricky Gervais (THE OFFICE) and Stephen Merchant have masterminded a new set of immersive challenges, urging Pilkington to check off experiences on the “things you need to do before you die” Bucket List. This six-episode marathon should be on every viewer’s “must see before the end of the year” Bucket List!

 

PRANK SCIENCE (12×30)

Sat., Dec. 31 at 6 a.m. – 12 noon ET (3 a.m. – 9 a.m. PT)

Can a test subject be convinced he has the power to melt solid objects… using only the power of his mind? If he’s just crossed paths with the PRANK SCIENCE team, anything is possible! This 12-episode marathon takes to the streets to lure unsuspecting people into hilarious, never-before-seen pranks – all in the name of science. But unlike other gag shows, every PRANK SCIENCE trick reveals unexpected and water-cooler-worthy scientific facts and theories. It’s an addictive one-two punch of strange science and riveting practical jokes! 

 

RIVER MONSTERS (23×60)

Sun., Jan. 1 at 2 a.m. – Mon., Jan 2 at 1 a.m. ET (Sat., Dec. 31 at 11 p.m. – Sun., Jan. 1 at 10 p.m. PT)

Man-eating alligator gars, killer piranha and demon fish… Tall tales? Not according to expert angler Jeremy Wade. Discovery Channel presents a 23-hour marathon of frightening fish as Wade goes in search of these legendary, supernatural beasts living and moving murderously in the serpentine waterways of the planet.

 

CANADA’S WORST HANDYMAN 6 (7×60)

Mon., Jan 2 at 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET (1 p.m. – 8 p.m. PT)

They’re armed, dangerous and pose an imminent threat to person and property – and you might even be one! Catch a seven-episode marathon of Season 6, featuring a crew of offensive renovators with ambitions that so exceed their abilities, that they’ve left monumental home improvement disasters in their wake. Catch up with this motley crew as they head to the honeymoon capital of the world – Niagara Falls – to overhaul rundown honeymoon suites and transform them into heart-stopping romantic retreats… for better or for worse!

 

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a… pumpkin? Projectile pumpkins are the stars of PUNKIN CHUNKIN, a one-hour “man meets machine meets mayhem” special premiering on Discovery Channel on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.  

Staged in a Delaware cornfield, PUNKIN CHUNKIN is an annual extravaganza where teams (and more than 30,000 fans) gather to see whose homemade contraption can propel a pumpkin the farthest.

Viewers go behind the firing line at the 2011 event, getting up close and personal with the explosive contraptions and personalities that make PUNKIN CHUNKIN define “gourd glory.” Then, viewers can swap pumpkin mash for heavy metal with the premiere of FLYING ANVILS at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

No strangers to explosions of all sorts, MYTHBUSTERS’ Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, and Tory Belleci join as hosts of PUNKIN CHUNKIN, going inside the madness to uncover the singular subcultures of these passionate participants. Now in its 26th year of competition, PUNKIN CHUNKIN has become a pop culture phenomenon, inspiring countless backyard warriors to recreate the wacky rituals that make up this lively event.

The World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association (WCPCA) hosts the PUNKIN CHUNKIN event annually in Sussex County Delaware to benefit a number of charitable organizations including St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Every fall, the competition showcases the backyard “engi-nerds” and basement tinkerers who work year-round to fine-tune the next champion chunker.

The competition is divided into categories defined by the type of machine used such as air cannons, centrifuges and colossal catapults. This year, the chase continues for the never-before-accomplished feat of launching a pumpkin one full mile (1.6km). The current world record is 4,483 feet (1,366 meters), approximately 800 feet short of a mile (244 meters). The 2010 Chunk marked the first year in WCPCA history that an all-female team – aptly named “Hormone Blaster” – took home the top trophy. This year promises even more intense, nail-biting excitement as 2009 champions “Big 10 Inch” attempt to dethrone the lady chunkers with other hungry teams at their heels. Could this be the year that one team hits the coveted one-mile mark and is crowned the greatest chunker ever?

Then, take two anvils, add a pile of gunpowder and ignite. The high-flying explosive entertainment continues at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT with the one-hour special FLYING ANVILS. What might seem like a recipe for disaster is actually the formula for high-flying, explosive fun. FLYING ANVILS joins the ranks of one-of-a-kind, extreme engineering events like PUNKIN CHUNKIN that tests the boundaries of physics – and good judgment!

Hosted by Tory Belleci of MYTHBUSTERS, FLYING ANVILS explores the culture of anvil shooting and focuses on the premiere event, the national 2011 U.S. Anvil Shooting Championship, where fanatic anvil crafters see who can design the most aerodynamic piece of steel and launch it the highest. Teams from around the country gather to compete in a pyrotechnics playground that seemingly defies both physics and common sense.  The annual competition features a marquee event in which contestants fire a 45-kilogram anvil off another using .5-kgs of gunpowder.  In a second, super-modified event, teams use specially engineered anvils with 1-kg of gunpowder to send anvils flying in excess of 150 meters in the air.

Serving as host and tour guide, Belleci takes the audience on a wild ride through the behind-the-scenes practices of this addictively bizarre sport, where each team’s anvil launch is scored based on height and accuracy.  Belleci introduces viewers to an eclectic cast of characters, including 20-year competition veteran Gay Wilkinson, whose house is a veritable anvil-shooting museum; as well as mechanical engineer Mark Bollinger, who relies on a highly-scientific approach to take his anvils to new heights.

As the price of gold increases worldwide, so does interest in mining the rare mineral in Alaska, where there are veins worth an estimated $250 billion.

Returning to Discovery Channel for a much-anticipated second season, GOLD RUSH 2 follows six down-on-their luck men, facing economic meltdown, as they risk everything in an attempt to strike it rich in the wilderness of Alaska.

Premiering Tuesday, November 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the new season catches up with Todd Hoffman as he leads this group of inexperienced miners – with only one rookie season under their belts – back to the mine they’ve leased at Porcupine Creek to finish what they started.

With 16 new episodes, Season 2 follows the men as they face new challenges and hardship, away from their families, with the backdrop of Alaska’s breathtaking vistas around them.

Last season, the Hoffmans and their crew battled Mother Nature – and each other – to mine their way out of financially hard times. The Hoffmans sold everything they owned that wasn’t nailed down to fund their dream of striking it rich in Alaska, leasing the Porcupine Creek claim. But after sinking $250,000 into the project, they found only $20,000 worth of gold by the end of their long, hard rookie season. It was a dismal end to a summer filled with injuries, broken machinery, constant fighting and an unhappy claim owner.

But with their eye on the prize, the Hoffmans decide to keep their dream alive. With a case of Gold Fever, they go back bigger and better than before – even leveraging their small airport in Oregon to fund a second mining season. Last spring, they went north once again to Porcupine Creek to settle unfinished business and find the gold at the bottom of the mine. But right as things finally start to go their way, unforeseen circumstances threaten to jeopardize their dream of striking it rich in the frozen north. With the mining season slipping away, the Hoffman crew is forced to come up with a new plan in order to salvage what could be their last mining season.

Steve Jobs was a creative and technological visionary who quite simply changed society as we know it. As co-founder and CEO of Apple Computer, Jobs ushered in personal computing to the masses, which in turn led to new innovations which completely changed our way of life – from how we do our work, to the way we watch movies, listen to music and interact socially.

On Sunday, October 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT – sharing a World Premiere Simulcast with Discovery Channel U.S. –  Discovery Channel Canada presents iGENIUS: HOW STEVE JOBS CHANGED THE WORLD, a one-hour documentary that celebrates these innovations.

Hosted by Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, who celebrate the spirit of innovation through intellectual curiosity on Discovery Channel’s MYTHBUSTERS, the special will feature interviews with people whose lives and livelihoods were forever changed by Jobs, including:

– Those at the front lines of personal computing’s birth, and former Apple employees and executives, including: Lee Felsenstein, founding member of the Homebrew Computer Club, Daniel Kottke, a friend who traveled to India with Jobs and who later become an early Apple employee, and John Draper, an engineer who gave Jobs his start

– Journalists, authors and critics who covered Jobs and his innovations, including NBC Correspondent Tom Brokaw, Joe Nocera (New York Times), cultural critic Toure, Bill Werde (Billboard) and Andrew Serwer (Fortune)

– Scientists and educators including theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku

– Musicians, filmmakers and designers who saw their business completely change as a result of Job’s technological advancements, including: Stevie Wonder, Pete Wentz and lesser-known artists who credit Jobs’ innovations (such as iTunes) for their success

Says host Adam Savage, “Someone once said that to follow the path that others have laid before you is a very reasonable course of action, therefore all progress is made by unreasonable men.” He continued, “Steve Jobs was an unreasonable man. He didn’t simply give the public what they wanted, he defined entirely new ways of thinking about our lives in the digital space: productivity, creativity, music, communication, media and art. He has touched, directly and indirectly, all of our lives.” 

Following the World Premiere Simulcast with Discovery Channel U.S., iGENIUS: HOW STEVE JOBS CHANGED THE WORLD will premiere across Discovery’s international portfolio of networks in more than 210 countries and territories around the world.

In an extraordinary original Canadian special this November, Discovery Channel revisits the infamous sinking of Titanic from an all-new perspective.

Experience the tragic last moments of the “unsinkable” ship’s ill-fated voyage from the POV of its’ cold and indiscriminate killer – Water – in CURIOSITY: “INSIDE THE TITANIC” (Nov. 20).  

Also this month, Todd Hoffman’s crew returns to Porcupine Creek for a second – and hopefully more successful – mining season in the hit series GOLD RUSH 2 (Nov. 8th).

And finally, DAILY PLANET takes to the skies for its annual “Flying Things Week” (Nov. 21-25) to explore airborne advancements that will change the way we fly.

 

Discovery Channel’s Programming Highlights for November include:

 

New Special:

 

CURIOSITY:  “INSIDE THE TITANIC”  

Sunday, November 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT  

What was it really like to be on the only voyage of the most famous ship of all time? Not what you’d think from the movies – sudden cataclysm followed by class discrimination and stiff upper lip. The real tale is, in fact, much more sinister:  a slow death, counter-intuitive and apparently impossible events, and a killer who stalks the ship’s corridors dealing death in a dozen different ways. For the first time, see Titanic’s story from the extraordinary POV of the icy killer – Water. This original Canadian two-hour special reveals the water’s path of destruction as it passed through the ship, and how in just under two hours, laid her and its victims to rest on the ocean floor.

 

Returning Series:

 

GOLD RUSH 2

Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning November 8

As the price of gold increases worldwide, so does interest in mining the rare mineral in Alaska where there are veins worth an estimated $250 billion. Follow six down-on-their luck men from Oregon as they risking everything in an attempt to strike it rich in the wilderness of Alaska. Todd Hoffman leads this group of inexperienced miners – with only one rookie season under their belts – back to the mine they’ve leased at Porcupine Creek to finish what they started. Returning with 16 new episodes, the second season of this breakout hit series follows the men as they face new challenges and hardship, away from their families, with the backdrop of Alaska’s breathtaking vistas around them.

 

Theme Week:

 

DAILY PLANET: “Flying Things Week”

Monday, November 21 to Friday, November 25 at 7 p.m. ET /8 p.m. PT               

From aircraft with wings, to ones that hover – and maybe even a rocket or two – DAILY PLANET takes flight with innovations and inventors from around the world looking to change the way we fly.

The inventor spirit is alive and well. Amateur tinkerers – from students to “bored with their day job” professionals – are revolutionizing the world.

Meet the GAME CHANGERS, premiering Tuesday, October 11 at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Discovery Channel. This eight-part original Canadian series reveals the next generation of undiscovered Wright Brothers, who toiled away in obscurity for years and are now within reach of making it big.

Hosted by Andrew Anthony (QBIT, LIFES’S A TRIP), GAME CHANGERS focuses on inventors who have come up with real and profound ideas and prototypes.

These are independent thinkers whose inventions have found third-party funding, venture capital interest or have been bought outright by leading technological companies. They’re charting a new course in everything from military and aerospace technology, to innovations that will transform our everyday lives.

Asking the questions the viewer wants to know, Anthony meets these inventors to explore their passion for scientific innovation, to discover what drives them, how they moved their ideas beyond the “backyard prototype” stage, and how they ultimately connected to the industries that would bring their idea to life.

In the Oct. 11 series opener, GAME CHANGERS: “SmartSight,” Matthew Hagerty is trying to save lives. While working as a weapons tester for a defence contractor, Hagerty saw a need for an advance sight system. Over the last 10 years, he has been perfecting his invention called SmartSight. With both military and government support, his invention is a gun-cam system that – with the use of a thumbnail-sized eyepiece – allows soldiers to see around corners, or from inside fox holes, and shoot targets without putting themselves in harms’ way. It offers its user an invaluable “third eye.” This system is lightweight and perfect for use in urban combat zones, close-quarter extractions, and moving troops safely across the battlefield.

Also this season on GAME CHANGERS, meet a California-based cameraman who – after being horrified by wildlife attacks close to his home – invented a wearable self-defence glove that’s drawn the attention of various law enforcement agencies and the military; discover what inspired best friends in New Zealand to invent a robotic exoskeleton –  “bionic legs” – to help those in wheelchairs walk again; see why NASA is so excited about a dexterous space glove invented by a former director of a local community centre in Maine; and check out a young Canadian inventor’s real life “transformer” – an emissions-free vehicle that can travel in pedestrian spaces in a unicycle mode, but can also hit the open road when transformed into a motorcycle.

GAME CHANGERS is produced for Discovery Channel (Canada) by Tricon Films & Television.

With a Fall schedule driven by adrenaline-packed adventure, edge-of-your-seat engineering, mind-blowing triumphs of technology and awe-inspiring natural wonder, Discovery Channel’s standard definition broadcast channel can hardly contain it!  

Today marks the much-anticipated launch of Discovery Channel HD.  The channel is initially available across Canada on Bell Satellite TV, channel 1602; and Bell Fibe TV, channel 1520.

The new 24-hour channel mirrors the full Discovery Channel schedule – now offered in captivating high definition and Dolby 5.1 audio.  The explosions will be bigger, the beasts more ferocious, and the expanses of our planet – and beyond! – will be more awe-inspiring and thrilling than ever before.

“Our signature mix of immersive entertainment is perfectly suited to the enhanced viewing experience HD delivers,” said Paul Lewis, President and General Manager, Discovery Channel. “Our viewers have been clamouring to see their favourite programs in HD, and now their time has come with the launch of Discovery Channel HD.”

Discovery Channel HD arrives just in time for the new Fall season, beginning with the relaunch of DAILY PLANET on Aug. 29 in an all-new HD format. In the coming weeks, watch for two new original Canadian series: NATURAL BORN DEALERS (Sept. 12) which follows a father-and-son treasure hunting team as they scour pawnshops – and even dumps – to find vintage gems for their upscale clientele; and PRANK SCIENCE (Sept. 19), where two hosts reveal truly surprising science through hilarious, never-before-seen street-level prank experiments. Also coming in September, SWAMP BROTHERS (Sept. 13) reveals an exotic and swampy world behind Florida’s largest reptile sanctuary and exotic reptile dealership. Appointment viewing at its best, the “Discovery Presents” specials block on Sundays and Thursdays will be even more captivating in high definition with compelling new specials, including additional instalments in the CURIOSITY series, “Is There a Parallel Universe?” (Sept. 8), and “How Will the World End?” (Sept. 18); plus the top-level insiders look at the Bin Laden takedown in TARGETING BIN LADEN (Sept. 8).

Discovery Channel HD’s schedule wouldn’t be complete without all-new seasons of fan-favourite series, now available in high definition simulcast, including MYTHBUSTERS, AFTER THE CATCH, MAYDAY, SONS OF GUNS, HOW IT’S MADE and more.

From ancient artifacts to extreme adventure, Discovery World HD reveals an extraordinary world in June with five new series.

Wonder at ancient architectural creations in ENGINEERING THE IMPOSSIBLE (June 2). Discover the earliest life forms through million-year-old fossils in FIRST LIFE WITH DAVID ATTENBOROUGH (June 4).

Follow one of the last surviving gorilla kings as he fights for his life and that of a Silverback orphan in MOUNTAIN GORILLA (June 11).

Join nine ordinary people as they attempt to get OUT OF THE WILD (June 22) and back to civilization after being abandoned in a remote corner of Venezuela’s southern frontier. Finally, plan for a world-wide adventure with the TRAVEL GUY (June 21).

 

June programming highlights for Discovery World HD include:

 

ENGINEERING THE IMPOSSIBLE

Thurs., June 2 and Thurs., June 9 at 8 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT

Rome and Egypt have produced some of the greatest architectural wonders of the world, and did so without the assistance of modern engineering. ENGINEERING THE IMPOSSIBLE reveals the ingenuity and precision that enabled Rome’s extensive water system and Egypt’s pyramids to stand the test of time. The two-part series uses modern techniques and expertise to discover how these ancient masterpieces were constructed and uncovers the complex technology used to build them.

 

FIRST LIFE WITH DAVID ATTENBOROUGH

Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning June 4

In the last 20 years stunning archaeological finds have transformed our understanding of the earliest life forms. FIRST LIFE WITH DAVID ATTENBOROUGH travels across the globe to meet expert fossil hunters who have been uncovering some of the most remarkable natural artifacts preserved for hundreds of millions of years. The three-part series travels from the fog-bound coasts of Newfoundland and the ice-capped Rockies, to the parched Australian Outback and the rugged deserts of Morocco.

 

MOUNTAIN GORILLA

Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT, beginning June 11

Patrick Stewart (Star Trek) narrates this landmark three-part series, MOUNTAIN GORILLA. Follow one of the world’s last mountain gorillas, Titus the gorilla king, as he faces the biggest challenge of his life. He’s lived longer and sired more offspring than any other known gorilla, but his time as a great leader may be coming to an end. The mighty silverback has a little orphan in his care – and both their lives hang in the balance. 

 

TRAVEL GUY

Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, beginning June 21

Join TRAVEL GUY for a 13-part series that offers unscripted highlights, information and tips to help plan your own travels. From zip-lining across the top of the Belizean rainforest to learning how to cook traditional food dishes; and from standing on top of the most spectacular cliffs in the world to exploring the world’s oldest structures – the TRAVEL GUY does it all and shows that you can too!

 

OUT OF THE WILD

Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning June 22

In the eight-part series, OUT OF THE WILD, nine ordinary people are flown in and abandoned in a remote corner of Venezuela’s southern frontier – a lost world that once lured explorers in search of El Dorado. Now the volunteers, armed with only the most basic supplies, must traverse 113 brutal kilometres of uncharted terrain back to civilization.