Launching May 7 is Nat Geo Wild: a new channel with programming sure to make viewers roar
TORONTO, April 30, 2012 /CNW/ - Shaw Media today announced the upcoming launch of Nat Geo Wild, a new digital channel dedicated to bringing audiences extraordinary
wildlife programming — offering the most spectacular and thrilling
encounters with nature's ferocious fighters and gentle creatures of
land, sea and air. The channel is scheduled to launch on May 7, 2012.
With the launch of Nat Geo Wild, viewers are set to experience the best, most intimate encounters with
wildlife ever seen on television. Backed by National Geographic Channel's undisputed reputation, Nat Geo Wild brings viewers groundbreaking encounters and insights from every corner
of the animal kingdom, and compelling stories presented by top wildlife
experts in the field. From the most remote environments, to the
forbidding depths of the oceans, to the protected parks on viewers'
doorsteps, Nat Geo Wild uses spectacular cinematography and compelling storytelling to take
viewers on unforgettable journeys into the wild world.
"Canadians have a remarkable appetite for family-friendly wildlife
programming, and we are thrilled to connect our viewers with the
foremost experts on the subject with the launch of Nat Geo Wild," said Paul Robertson, President, Shaw Media. "No other channel offers such spectacular cinematography and stunning HD
picture quality as National Geographic provides."
Nat Geo Wild is the fastest growing network in National Geographic ChanneIs
International's portfolio (NGCI), and is NGCI's second network to be
offered in high definition. First launched in August 2006 in Hong Kong,
the channel now reaches 100 million homes worldwide and is currently
available in more than 90 countries across Europe, North America, Latin
America, Asia, Africa and Australia.
National Geographic Channel will continue to differentiate itself with a rich tapestry of
adventure, exploration, culture and science programming, including a
select number of natural history specials, while Nat Geo Wild will dedicate its platform solely to wildlife and animal programming
with a mix of event programming, specials and series. The channel will
initially launch in nearly 2 million households coast to coast,
including both Shaw and Shaw Direct. Additional carriage will be
announced in the coming weeks.
Nat Geo Wild's Spring lineup is set to include:
Human Shark Bait (Premieres Tuesday, May 8, at 10 pm)
From some of the world's most shark-infested waters off the coast of
South Africa, a team of free-divers and conservationists put their
safety on the line to separate shark attack myths from realities.
Wild Mississippi (Airs Monday at 8 pm beginning May 21)
A documentary detailing the once-in-500-year flood that occurred all
along the Mississippi River last Spring and the devastating effects it
had on wildlife, the human population, the environment and property.
America The Wild (Airs Thursdays at 7 pm beginning May 17)
Casey Anderson treks across North America and gets up close to
grizzlies, wolverines, and other elusive species.
Live like an Animal (Mondays at 8 pm beginning June 4)
A series that sees hosts explore the ingenuity of animal architects as
they find out what it takes to build and live in human-sized versions
of animal homes, such as a beaver's lodge and bird's nest.
Upcoming Series include:
Shane Untamed (Summer/Fall 2012)
Shane Untamed follows intrepid "one man band" producer, shooter, host, and adventurer
Shane Reynolds - better known to his friends as "Shane O" - on a
pilgrimage to the wildest places on earth. Told through his unique
storytelling and camera and editing style, each episode of Shane Untamed not only promises to be an amazing, personal encounter with wildlife
and cultures around the globe, but also a no-holds-barred adventure
that takes viewers on the journey of a lifetime.
Dangerous Encounters (new season, Fall 2012)
Which are the most feared predators on the planet and pack the most
powerful bite? Expert Brady Barr finds out, by venturing into the lairs
of some of the world's most dangerous creatures.
About Shaw Communications Inc.
Shaw is a diversified communications and media company, providing
consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home
Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite
direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming
content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.4 million customers,
through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw Media operates one
of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global
Television, and 18 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food
Network Canada, History Television and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the
Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60
Index (Symbol: TSX - SJR.B, NYSE - SJR). For more information about
Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.
Nat Geo Wild:
Experience the best, most intimate encounters with wildlife ever seen on
television. Backed by its unparalleled reputation for quality and
blue-chip programming, Nat Geo Wild is dedicated to providing a unique
insight into the natural world, the environment and the amazing
creatures that inhabit it. From the most remote environments, to the
forbidding depths of our oceans, to the protected parks on our
doorsteps, Nat Geo Wild will use spectacular cinematography and
compelling storytelling to take viewers on unforgettable journeys into
the wild world. Launched in 2006, Nat Geo Wild is part of National
Geographic Channels International (NGCI), and is available in more than
90 countries and 100 million homes. Nat Geo Wild HD launched in the UK
in March 2009, and is also available in Greece, Latin America, Poland,
Spain, and Russia. Further expansion is expected globally.
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