BBC Knowledge

Parent brand:

BBC Worldwide

Sub or sibling brands:

BBC Knowledge, BBC Knowledge HD, BBC Lifestyle, BBC Entertainment, CBeebies, BBC World News,

Ownership in Asia:

BBC Worldwide Asia

Senior executive for Asia:

David Weiland, Executive Vice President, Asia, BBC Worldwide

Channel description:

BBC Knowledge takes viewers on a fascinating journey of shared discovery and wonder and opens minds to amazing new ideas and perspectives.

Through a breathtaking mix of factual and non-fiction programming we inspire viewers to see life through captivating new perspectives. We thrive on variety and diversity which is why we offer the broadest range of revealing programming from natural history to science, technology, adventure and history.

Through the passion and charisma of our world-class presenters Sir David Attenborough, Professor Brian Cox, Jeremy Clarkson, James May, Richard Hammond, Steve Backshall and Robson Green, we spark amazing conversations that explore big ideas and open minds to incredible experiences. Go on a fascinating journey of shared discovery with international successful shows including Hidden Kingdoms, Bang Goes The Theory, Extreme Fishing the biggest car show in the world, Top Gear.

Distribution in Asia:

Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Cambodia, Myanmar, Philippines, Vietnam, Mongolia

On-line, VOD, SVOD or mobile deals:

In Singapore, BBC Knowledge is available on StarHub’s TV Everywhere service. This service is an addition to the catch-up service for BBC Knowledge with StarHub.

In Malaysia, BBC Knowledge is available on TM Net’s TV Everywhere service.

Our programmes are available on catch-up on Chunghwa in Taiwan.

In Hong Kong, we have a BBC ON DEMAND SVOD service with PCCW

Recent and upcoming developments:

BBC Knowledge now offers viewers its factual and natural history programmes in High Definition (HD). BBC Knowledge HD is a simulcast of the SD version.

We also recently launched our programmes on more VOD services in Hong Kong, China and Taiwan.

Upcoming shows:

Mud, Sweat and Gears

An original BBC America and BBC Worldwide commission, Mud, Sweat and Gears is the ultimate car construction and challenge competition where hosts, Tom ‘Wookie’ Ford and Jonny Smith, lead their teams of petrolheads go head-to- head super-customising, super-racing and generally blowing up the craziest mutated cars this side of Mad Max!

With a different theme for each episode, rival team leaders, Jonny and Wookie, select a pretty ordinary base car then work against the clock with their team members to rip it apart and radically redesign it.

Once the teams have their machines fixed up and ready to race, epic adventures unfold in a contest where literally anything can – and will – happen. In an added twist, after the thrills and spills of the three stunt challenges, the losing team has to stand by and watch as their lovingly crafted vehicle is dramatically destroyed!

Life Below Zero

A BBC Production, this series follow the drama and hardships faced by four Alaskan households living off the grid in this merciless territory as they battle to survive the long, dark, freezing winter.

The huge U.S. state of Alaska boasts some of the world’s most deadly weather, with temperatures regularly plummeting to a lethal -80 Fahrenheit, freezing exposed limbs in minutes.

Yet it is also home to some of the toughest, most resilient, most isolated people in the world. Living miles from the nearest road network and completely cut off once winter descends, they spend months preparing for the big freeze.

The series follows the stories of people like hunter Chip and his native Inupiaq wife Agnes, who live with their seven children on the Kobuk River in the north west of Alaska. The family moves seasonally to track down the best hunt, pitching tents in the snow or on ice, and everyone plays an active part in keeping the family alive.

For all of those featured – whether they’re lone wolves or have families – life in the Alaskan bush is all about survival in the face of unrelenting weather, scarce resources and man-eating carnivores.

Dolphins – Spy in the Pod

Using the trademark blend of extraordinary imagery, analysis of behaviour and moments of humour, the latest Spy series looks at the secret lives of one of the world’s most popular and charismatic of animals – the dolphin.

Dolphins are one of the most social and playful animals on the planet. They develop strong family and group relationships and often work with other species to find a meal, whilst having plenty of fun along the way.

This BBC Natural History Unit (NHU) blue chip series focusses on a wild bottlenose dolphin pod off the coast of Mozambique, exploring the unexpected and often never before seen aspects of dolphin behaviour, providing fascinating new insights into their lives.

As with all the Spy programmes, specially designed cameras and the latest technology allows the series to really get to know the species. For the first time, state of the art ‘Spy Creatures’ infiltrate the dolphins’ underwater world, often interacting and engaging the curiosity of the dolphins themselves, offering a unique glimpse of their intelligence and personalities. A trained double agent dolphin, with cameras on its back and sides, brings back unique footage of its encounters and the unseen behaviour from right inside the pod.

Top Gear (series 22)

Top Gear, the world’s biggest car programme, returns for an explosive and extra-long run of brand new programmes. In the first episode of the series, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are in Russia for an incredible race across the vast and very beautiful urban landscape of St Petersburg. May defends the honour of the car in a very small Renault, Hammond tries to prove that pedalling is faster by saddling up a bicycle, whilst Clarkson attempts to demonstrate that water is the quickest way across town, especially if you’re in a hovercraft. To make matters more complicated, all three presenters are racing not only each other but also The Stig, who is silently making his way towards the finish line on public transport.




Parent brand:

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific

Sub or sibling brands:

Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Discovery Kids, Discovery Science, Discovery HD World, TLC, Eve, Turbo, DMAX, Investigation Discovery, Eurosport, Eurosport News

Ownership in Asia:

Discovery Communications

Senior executive for Asia:

Arjan Hoekstra, President & Managing Director

Channel description:

Animal Planet is the world’s only brand that immerses viewers in emotional, engaging and passionate content devoted to animals – from wildlife to pets. Animal Planet connects humans and animals with rich, deep content and offers animal lovers access to entertainment, information and enrichment.

Discovery Kids lets children explore their awesome world and ignites their natural curiosity by providing content that is fun and enriching for school-age kids. The channel stimulates learning and imagination, and provides a safe environment that parents can trust. Discovery Kids offers its young viewers a world of endless possibilities through informative and entertaining programming that explores adventure, nature, science, wildlife, history and technology.

DMAX is the definitive factual entertainment destination for young men who live life to the max.

From cars and combat to extreme antics and enterprise, the channel is designed for the infotainment junkie’s insatiable appetite for smarts, wit and adrenaline. DMAX is targeted at men aged 18 – 45, and offers viewers the opportunity to step out of their daily lives and go on a wild adventure – no matter what their passions are – turbo-charged rides, the great outdoors, technology, culture or treasure-hunting.

Discovery Channel, the flagship network of Discovery Communications, is devoted to creating the highest quality pay- TV programming in the world and remains one of the most dynamic networks on television. It offers viewers an engaging line-up of high-quality non-fiction entertainment from blue-chip nature, science and technology, ancient and contemporary history, adventure, cultural and topical documentaries.

Discovery Science is the only network dedicated to making science programming accessible, relevant and entertaining. By examining the impact of science and technology on our everyday lives, Discovery Science searches for the answers to the questions that have eluded us for centuries and reveals life’s greatest mysteries and smallest wonders, from uncovering lost worlds to exploring the latest in scientific discoveries from today’s headlines.

Eve is a factual network that brings an unabashed female perspective of the world, showcasing a myriad of amazing stories from the lives of women today – from mums and mobsters to miners and millionaires.

Eve empowers women by providing insight to a comprehensive range of topics that touch the lives of women everywhere, connecting them through content that features experiences and outlooks on parenting, careers, relationships, health, entertainment and more.

Scheduling policy:

Animal Planet targets both men and women aged 25 – 54 and encourage family co-viewing. Highly-rated wildlife, natural history and pet content are scheduled throughout the week with the primetime block beginning at 6pm every evening.

Discovery Kids offers two separate primetime blocks, in the morning and evening, to reflect the viewing patterns of children aged 6 – 12.

The channel provides the perfect setting for kids to explore nature, science, history and technology, and parents enjoy it too!

DMAX offers a mix of adrenaline-charged programs for the young male audience with themed weeknights from 9 – 11pm. Ranging from the great outdoors, turbo-charged rides and epic builds, there’s always something for the bros. Early prime features classic gear head favourites and exclusive motoring premieres.

Discovery Channel offers a wide variety of non-fiction programming ranging from survival, extreme jobs, blue chip natural history, engineering and science genres. Premieres are aired in a key prime time block on weekdays from 8 – 11pm to target our core male viewers between the age group of 25 – 54.

Discovery Science has a primetime block from 7.30 – 10.30pm packed with exclusive programmes which lets viewers question everything. Targeting male audience from 25 – 54, the themed nights explores breakthroughs in science, wonders of our weather, the latest gadgets and the ultimate question – ‘Are we alone?’.

Eve is a factual entertainment network that captures the world through a woman’s lens. Targeting women aged 18 – 45, Eve showcases amazing stories from the lives of women today through programming genres including enterprise, relationships, family reality, babies and parenting, health and medicine.

Distribution in Asia:

Animal Planet: Reaches over 180 million subscribers in Asia-Pacific.

Discovery Kids: Reaches over 27 million subscribers in Asia-Pacific.

DMAX: Reaches 1.4 million subscribers in Asia-Pacific.

Discovery Channel: Reaches 202 million subscribers in Asia-Pacific.

Discovery Science: Reaches 30 million subscribers in Asia-Pacific.

Eve: Reaches over 1.9 million subscribers in Asia-Pacific.

Key carriage agreements in Asia:

Animal Planet: Carried by all major pay-TV operators.

Discovery Kids: Carried by all major pay-TV operators in Australia, Southeast Asia and India.

DMAX: Carried by all major pay-TV operators in Southeast Asia.

Discovery Channel: Carried by all major pay-TV operators.

Discovery Science: Carried by all major pay-TV operators in Asia.

Eve: Carried by all major pay-TV operators in Southeast Asia.

Key tiers:

Animal Planet: On the basic tier or relevant genre groups.

Discovery Kids: On the basic tier or relevant genre groups.

DMAX: On the basic tier or relevant genre groups.

Discovery Channel: On the basic tier or relevant genre groups.

Discovery Science: On the basic tier or relevant genre groups.