Travel Channel


Travel Channel

Infobox TV channel
name = Travel Channel
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launch = February 1, 1987
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owner = Cox Communications (Cox Enterprises)
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country = United States
language = American English
broadcast area = National
headquarters = Chevy Chase, Maryland, United States
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web = [http://www.travelchannel.com www.travelchannel.com]
web = [http://go.travelchannel.com go.travelchannel.com]
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sat serv 1 = C-Band
sat chan 1 = AMC 10-Channel 602 (4DTV Digital)
sat serv 2 = DirecTV
sat chan 2 = Channel 277
Channel 1277 (VOD)
sat serv 3 = Dish Network
sat chan 3 = Channel 215
cable serv 1 = Verizon FiOS
cable chan 1 = Channel 170
cable serv 2 = Available on most cable systems
cable chan 2 = Check local listings
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The Travel Channel is a cable television network that features documentaries and how-to shows related to travel and leisure around the United States and throughout the world. Programming has included shows in African animal safaris, tours of grand hotels, and visits to significant cities and towns, with recent programming putting an emphasis on how the rich travel and on "haunted" destinations, like Most Haunted.

It was launched by Trans World Airlines in 1987, presumably to boost airline attendance, subsequently being sold to Landmark Communications, owner of The Weather Channel, and later Paxson Communications. Discovery bought 70% of the network in 1997, acquiring the rest in 1999. In May 2007, Discovery sold Travel Channel to Cox Enterprises subsidiary Cox Communications as part of a larger multi-billion dollar transaction. [http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=76341&p=irol-newsArticle&t=Regular&id=999940&] . However, Discovery Communications still distributes the channel under Discovery Networks.

In the United States, the Travel Channel has more than 89 million subscribers. [http://digitalfilmmaker.net/newsline/PDF/5Takes_travelChannel.pdf]

In countries where a totally separate Travel Channel based in the UK operates, the Discovery Travel Channel operates as Discovery Travel & Living.

On May 12, 2008, the channel began offering a high definition simulcast on Dish Network.

Travel Channel launched a mobile web service and GPS-capable downloads for mobile devices in June, 2008. [http://go.travelchannel.com]

The Travel Channel is headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Current popular series

* 5 Takes - A reality show that lets viewers control the action
* - A reality show hosted by Anthony Bourdain that is a fusion of cooking and travel shows.
* Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern - A reality show hosted by Andrew Zimmern that focuses on weird and unique cuisines of different cultures and also incorporates some off-beat tourist destinations.
* Caprice's Travels - A show following the host Caprice around the world to wherever she goes
* Cash and Treasures - a show hosted by Kirsten Gum that features places around the United States and the world where the public can dig for valuable gemstones and artifacts.
* Culture Shock- a program hosted by Shenaz Treasurywala and showing "peculiar customs and bizarre traditions" of various cultures around the world.
* Drew Carey's Sporting Adventures - a show hosted by comedian Drew Carey as he travels the world photographing football matches
* Globe Trekker
* Great Hotels - A show hosted by Samantha Brown that checks into hotels all over the country deemed as "great" values and stays
* Joan Cusack's Local Flavor
* John Ratzenberger's Made in America - a show that hosted by John Ratzenberger that shows things being made in America
* Lawrence of America - A show hosted by English-born journalist Lawrence Beldon-Smythe that exposes America and its subculture
* Lonely Planet Six Degrees
* Made in America - hosted by John Ratzenberger, this show brings stories of the best people, places, and products in the US
* Most Haunted
* Not Your Average Travel Guide - The show attempts to give an unconventional personal tour of the world, also featured during the show are small travel tips and facts.
* Passport to Europe - A show hosted by Samantha Brown that tours cities of Europe
* Passport to Latin America - A show hosted by Samantha Brown that tours cities of Latin America
* Passport to Great Weekends - A show hosted by Samantha Brown that shows great ways to spend weekends. Aired in June 2008.
* Passport to Green Getaways - A special hosted by Samantha Brown that shows vacations to three eco-friendly destinations in North America.
* Taste of America - a show hosted by Mark DeCarlo
* A show that follows a tribe in Vanuatu. There are also other Tribal Life shows with other tribes.
*World's Lost Tribes which consists of two similar shows; and Shows that follow Olly Steeds and Mark Anstice as they live with the Mek and the Kombai_people
* 1,000 Places to See Before You Die (TV series) - a show which a married couple travels the world and experience the beauty of new places.

Past popular series

* Adventure Bound
* Flight Attendant School
* Fred Willard's American Festivals
* Get Packing
* Great Getaway Game
* Great Sports Vacations
* Stranded with Cash Peters
* The Tourist hosted, created and co-written by Rick Bronson
* World Poker Tour- Moved to Game Show Network in 2008.

ee also

* List of DirecTV channels
* List of Dish Network channels

External links

* [http://www.travelchannel.com Official Site]
* [http://www.mosttaunted.co.uk/mosthaunted/ Most Haunted Forum] Most Haunted Fan community and paranormal forums
* [http://www.pilotguides.com/tv_shows/globe_trekker/ Globe Trekker] official site


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