The ministry of information and broadcasting has approved Discovery Networks' proposal to launch three new channels in India.
Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific is launching three new channels in India - Discovery Science, Discovery Turbo and Discovery HD.
Rahul Johri, senior vice president and general manager, India, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, said, "In the current environment, networks that have a distinct brand proposition will emerge as the preferred destinations for viewers, advertisers and affiliates alike. The changing market dynamics, favourable demographics, and research, suggest that millions of viewers in India would enjoy the three channels that we have launched."
The company plans to launch Discovery Science and Discovery Turbo on both analog and digital platforms, while Discovery HD, offered in 1080i along with 5.1 surround sound, will be launched on the digital platform.
All three channels will be available in English. The network launches increase the breadth of Discovery's television offering in India to six channels.
Discovery currently broadcasts three networks in India: Discovery Channel, a factual entertainment channel; Discovery Travel & Living, an international lifestyle channel; and Animal Planet, a channel dedicated to wildlife. The three networks reach 109 million cumulative subscribers with programming customised in English in Hindi.