Discovery Real Time

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Discovery Real Time
Discovery Real Time logo from 2011
Launched9 March 1992
Closed30 April 2013
Owned byDiscovery Networks Western Europe
Picture format576i (16:9 SDTV)
Audience share0.1%
~0.0% (+1) (November 2012, BARB)
Formerly calledTLC (The Learning Channel) (1992-1997)
Discovery Home & Leisure (1997-2005)
Replaced byTLC
Sister channel(s)Animal Planet
Discovery Channel
Discovery HD
Discovery History
Discovery Home & Health
Discovery Science
Discovery Shed
Discovery Travel & Living
Discovery Turbo
Investigation Discovery
Timeshift serviceDiscovery Real Time +1
SkyChannel 240
Channel 241 (+1)
Virgin MediaChannel 271
Channel 272 (+1)
Smallworld CableChannel 201
UPC IrelandChannel 507
WightFibreChannel 79
TalkTalk TVChannel 24
BT VisionChannel 875

Discovery Real Time was a factual television channel owned by Discovery Networks Western Europe.


Former logo

It was originally launched in the UK in March 1992 as TLC, a British version of the US channel of the same name, it was initially broadcast as a daytime channel from Intelsat, mostly aimed at cable systems where it would broadcast on the Discovery Channel's frequency.[1][2]

When the Discovery Channel launched on Astra in July 1993, it didn't initially carry TLC in the daytime. From 1994, it shared a transponder on the Astra 1C satellite with the Discovery Channel, which started its broadcasts at 4 pm (GMT).[3]

It was later rebranded as Discovery Home & Leisure in April 1997.[4]

Full day broadcasting started with the launch of Sky Digital in 1998. In May 2001, a timeshift channel called Discovery Home & Leisure +1 was launched.[5]

From 1997 to 2002, the logo was a blue oblong containing a window, however this was changed to a red background featuring a stylised 'H&L', staying like this until 2005.

The channel was relaunched as Discovery Real Time on 7 May 2005 in the UK market; the channel aimed at complementing the female-skewed Discovery Home & Health (which itself replaced Discovery Health).[6]

A sister channel called Discovery Real Time Extra was launched on 22 August 2005.[7] On 20 March 2009, it was replaced with Discovery Shed.

Discovery Real Time is also available in some other regions, including France and Italy; the channel used to be available in Asia, but since October 2008, it has become the Asian version of Discovery Turbo.

The channel closed along with Discovery Travel & Living at 6 am on 30 April 2013, to be replaced by TLC and Investigation Discovery +1. The last program on Discovery Real Time was, fittingly, The Joy of Painting, one of Real Time's signature programs.[8] Given that TLC is chasing a completely different demographic than the old TLC, Discovery is treating it as a new channel launch rather than a return.

Real Time launched in Africa on 3 September 2018 as a female skewed airing reruns of programs from Animal Planet, TLC and Discovery Channel.



  1. ^ "POPULAR EDUCATION CONTENT FOR UK CHANNEL". Screen Digest. March 1992. Archived from the original on 2013-05-01.
  2. ^ "Satnews 072". 9 Mar 1992.
  3. ^ "SATELLITE JOURNAL ITL VOL2 NO 18". 5 Sep 1994.
  4. ^ "MediaScan/Sweden Calling DXers 2268". April 3, 1997.
  5. ^ "More + from Discovery". The Airwaves. May 22, 2001. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011.
  6. ^ Shelley, Darren (2005-04-14). "Discovery to rebrand Health, Home & Leisure". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on 2006-09-01. Retrieved 2013-04-23.
  7. ^ "Three new channels for Sky viewers". The Airwaves. August 22, 2005. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011.
  8. ^ Hadley, Paul (2013-04-24). "Changes to Discovery channels this month". Entertainment Interactive. Retrieved 2013-04-30.

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