DMAX (British TV channel)

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Launched8 January 2008
Owned byDiscovery Networks Northern Europe
Audience share0.33%
0.01% (+1) (March 2019 (2019-03), BARB)
SloganEveryday Heroes
ReplacedOBE +1 (Sky)
Travel Channel (Freesat, Freeview)
Sister channel(s)Animal Planet
Discovery Channel
Discovery HD
Discovery History
Discovery Home & Health
Discovery Science
Discovery Shed
Discovery Turbo
Food Network
Good Food
Investigation Discovery
Quest Red
Travel Channel
Timeshift serviceDMAX +1
FreeviewChannel 37
FreesatChannel 150
Channel 151 (+1)
SkyChannel 178
Channel 278 (+1)
Astra 2E12382 H 27500 5/6
12382 H 27500 5/6 (+1)
Virgin Media (UK)Channel 213
Channel 214 (+1)
Virgin Media IrelandChannel 214
eir VisionChannel 134
Streaming media
Virgin TV AnywhereWatch live (UK only)
Horizon GoWatch live (Ireland only)

DMAX is a TV channel in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Discovery announced on 22 November 2007 that they would launch a version of DMAX in the UK and Ireland market on 8 January 2008 after its initial success in Germany.[1]

On 16 July 2015, DMAX moved from 144 to 167 on Sky, switching places with sister channel Quest.[2]

Following the re-combination of the Entertainment and Lifestyle & Culture sections of the Sky guide, Discovery relocated some of their stations on the platform, resulting in DMAX being pushed down the grid to allow Discovery Home & Health to be moved up.

In the May 2018 reorganisation of the Sky main guide, DMAX moved to channel 178.

On 7 January 2019, it was announced that DMAX would become a free-to-air channel and be carried on Freeview (channel number 42) and Freesat (channel number 150) from 16 January, replacing sister channel Travel Channel.[3] On June 12, 2019, DMAX moved to channel 37 on the former platform as part of a reshuffle due to Discovery Networks Northern Europe acquiring Good Food, Home and Really as part of a deal with BBC Studios regarding the UKTV network.

Timeshifted variants[edit]

The one-hour timeshift service DMAX +1 has been available on Sky since the launch of DMAX, originally on channel 145.

On 30 April 2013 TLC launched on channel 125 with Challenge relocated from there to channel 145, leading to DMAX +1 being moved to Sky channel 238.[4] As of August 2014, following further guide changes DMAX +1 was on Sky channel 233.

In the May 2018 reorganisation, timeshifts of channels in the first 99 places were placed on the corresponding position in the 200 range, so with DMAX moved to 178, DMAX +1 was shifted to 278.

The DMAX +1 service went free-to-air alongside the parent channel in 2019 and took the place of Travel Channel +1 on the Freesat guide.

A two-hour timeshift channel named DMAX +2 launched on Sky on 1 April 2008. DMAX +2 closed on 30 April 2013 when TLC launched, with the accompanying TLC +1 launched on channel 195, which had been DMAX +2.

Another timeshift channel named DMAX +1.5 launched on Sky on 18 August 2008. DMAX +1.5 was closed down on 2 November 2009 when Quest +1 launched.[5]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Welsh, James (22 November 2007). "Discovery to launch entertainment channel". Digital Spy. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  2. ^ Quest [@QuestTV] (16 July 2015). "Anyone watched Quest on its new channel position 144 on @sky yet? #questsky144" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  3. ^ "DMAX Goes Free-To-Air Later This Month, Acquires FX Animated Comedy 'Archer'". TV Wise. 7 January 2019.
  4. ^ Hadley, Paul (24 April 2013). "Changes to Discovery channels this month". Entertainment Interactive. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Channel Changes implemented or notified since 01/11/2009". AGB Nielsen Media Research. Archived from the original on 20 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-20.

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