Just prior to the United Kingdom release of Disney+ in early 2020, a new deal was made with Sky to bring the National Geographic channels and content to the streaming service, NOW. This deal was probably made so that Disney+ would have a smoother launch, such as being available on Sky Q and getting access to shows like “The Simpsons”.
However, that deal looks to be ending as Sky’s NOW TV has announced that the National Geographic channels are going to be removed from the Entertainment package on NOW TV, along with some library content.
NOW TV subscribers have been informed via email with the following information:
Later this month, you’ll have access to two new channels as part of your NOW Entertainment add-on on BT TV. NBC News NOW, which features US-based news, will be made available to you on 21st June. This’ll be alongside Alibi, featuring mystery crime dramas, on 28th June.
NOW is removing National Geographic and National Geographic HD from its services on 28th June 2022. This means that this channel will no longer be part of your NOW Entertainment add-on on BT TV.”
We’ve reached out to Disney for clarification but over the weekend, NOW’s own social media help team confirmed the news:
NOW TV is currently still listing a number of National Geographic documentaries, which are due to expire over the next year, so it might take a while for everything to be removed from NOW and moved over to Disney+. However, Sky has now removed any mention of National Geographic from a number of pages on NOW’s website.
Because of the deal with NOW, over the last two years, it has reduced the amount of new National Geographic content being released on Disney+. So the news that Nat Geo is being removed from NOW, could impact on how quickly new content arrives on Disney+ in the UK and Ireland in the future.
Are you looking forward to seeing National Geographic content potentially arriving on Disney+ soon?
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.