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Europe: Nat Geo HD Heads for the Alps

National Geographic Channels International is growing its reach with the start-up of National Geographic Channel HD in Austria and Switzerland. Beginning this month, NGC HD is being made accessible through UPV (digital cable networks) in both mountainous nations.

NGC HD plans to feature National Geographic’s mainstay programming, offering thematic wildlife, science, technology and culture fare. With these two country additions NGC continues its goal of strengthening its brand throughout Western Europe. NGC said its core SD channel is now available via cable, satellite and IPTV, accounting for more than one million subscribers in Austria and Switzerland.

NGC HD is now accessible (to one degree or another) in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Sweden, Norway, Portugal, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Singapore and Japan, with further expansion in the works. The National Geographic Society is based in Washington, D.C.