Smithsonian Channel

Smithsonian Channel debuts on DirecTV in Lat Am

Smithsonian Channel has continued its international rollout by unveiling a new Latin American channel. Following previous launches into Canada and Singapore, the new LatAm feed will be available on DIRECTV’s Oro HD package in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay and the non-US Caribbean. According to the channel, the LatAm will feature a wide range […]

Amazon fares badly in NPACT factual survey

Amazon’s approach to factual commissioning is leaving plenty much to be desired, according to a new survey from non-fiction body NPACT. The SVOD service fared badly in various sections of the survey, as Apple, Netflix, YouTube Red and traditional networks such as Smithsonian Channel and Oxygen were positively received. Amazon was considered to have the […]

SBS & Viasat World speed to factual deals with Drive

Drive, the production-funding and distribution agency led by Lilla Hurst (pictured), has gained a range of worldwide sales for its factual slate including SBS TV and Viasat World. A host of major channels have shopped 8 Days that Made Rome. Smithsonian Channel has acquired the series for North America, SBS for Australia and Viasat World […]

CBS/Dish dispute leaves viewers in the dark

Stations from the CBS broadcast network, including the main broadcast network and the Smithsonian Channel, have gone dark on the Dish Network in the US as the companies failed to reach an agreement on a new carriage deal. The companies’ current contract expired last night with no deal in place, marking the latest in an […]

Smithsonian goes Inside Buckingham Palace

US cable channel Smithsonian Channel has bought two-part royal documentary Inside Buckingham Palace. Smithonian struck the deal with distributor TVF International, which in turn picked up rights from producer Wildfire Television. In Sweden, pubcaster SVT has also bought the show, with further deals in the offing in Europe, Asia and Latin America. UK broadcaster Channel […]

Smithsonian aims for Survival in the Skies

US cable network Smithsonian Channel has commissioned three-part factual series Survival in the Skies, with UK indie Arrow Media attached to produce. The 3x60mins series will follow incredible breakthroughs in man’s quest to conquer the skies through the invention of the space suit, the ejector seat and the parachute. Smithsonian plans to air the show […]

Smithsonian buys Irish music special

Smithsonian Channel has acquired the latest special of Irish music series Other Voices. The one-hour show will run on Smithsonian in the US and Canada after acquiring it from Dublin-based Monster Entertainment. Hosted by Aidan Gilen (Game of Thrones, The Wire), the special features then-unknown Irish singer-songerwriter Hozier’s first television appearance. YLE in Finland, Arts […]

News brief: Zodiak recalls The Day They Dropped the Bomb

Zodiak Rights has acquired sales rights to Finestripe Productions’ upcoming doc The Day They Dropped the Bomb. The 1x46mins doc comes from director Leslie Woodhead and is currently in production for ITV in the UK and Smithsonian Channel in the US. It looks at events on August 6, 1945 in Hiroshima, Japan, when American air […]

BBC Two, Smithsonian, Discovery board Jumbo

A trio of broadcasters from the UK, US and Canada have co-commissioned a documentary about the impact of the 747 airliner, widely known as the Jumbo Jet. The doc will be known as Jumbo – The Plane That Changed the World on BBC Two in the UK and Discovery Channel in Canada, where it will […]

Smithsonian, Earth Touch get wild with one-offs, series

US cable net Smithsonian Channel is to coproduce three one-off wildlife specials and a 3x50mins series about master predators in Africa with UK factual indie Earth Touch. The one-offs are Fatal Attractions, Africa’s Piranha (pictured) and Frogzilla and a three-parter is titled Africa’s Killing Fields. Fatal Attractions looks at the weapons and traits that make certain […]