Frequently Asked Questions
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What is Smithsonian Networks™?
Smithsonian Networks (SNI/SI Networks L.L.C.) is a joint venture between Showtime Networks Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution, formed to create channels featuring programs largely inspired by the assets of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex. Smithsonian Channel features award-winning original documentaries, series and ground-breaking programs highlighting America's historical, cultural and scientific heritage.
How do I get Smithsonian Channel™?
Use our channel finder app on the Where to Watch page to locate Smithsonian Channel in your area.
If I do not get Smithsonian Channel now, when will it be available in my area?
Smithsonian Channel is available nationally via satellite on DirecTV. If your cable or telephone provider does not carry the channel, please let them know of your interest by calling, e-mailing or writing.
Are you only available as an HD Channel?
We are also available in standard definition and On Demand, depending on your service provider.
What type of programming is featured on Smithsonian Channel?
Smithsonian Channel celebrates the American experience with award-winning original programming spanning Air and Space, Science and Nature, Culture, History and Kids. Documentaries, series and innovative programs highlight our historical, cultural and scientific heritage. Programming is largely inspired by the world's largest museum and research complex, the Smithsonian Institution.
How can I find out what's playing on Smithsonian Channel?
You can view the schedule on this Web site or you can check your cable or satellite operator's interactive program guide.
Can I license footage from Smithsonian Channel?
If you would like to purchase footage from Smithsonian Channel, you should contact Thought Equity Motion. You can contact them directly at 866.815.6599 or email them at SmithsonianChannel@thoughtequity.com.
How do I submit my script to Smithsonian Channel for consideration?
To submit an unsolicited treatment/project for consideration as original programming to Smithsonian Networks/Smithsonian Channel, complete the Submission Release Form and return it with your submission to email@example.com.
What is the Smithsonian Institution?
The Smithsonian Institution was founded in 1846 by an Act of Congress with its mission as "the increase and diffusion of knowledge." Smithsonian Institution consists of 19 Museums (including the top three most visited museums in the world) and the National Zoo. There are over 150 affiliated museums in 39 states, Panama and Puerto Rico, and traveling exhibitions throughout America that visit over 100 museums every year. Smithsonian has 700 world-class scientists on staff and nine research centers around the globe; and over 136 million artifacts — from Dorothy's ruby slippers to the Lunar Orbiter.
How do I find out about exhibits at the Smithsonian Institution?
Check the official site for information relating to the Institution.
We are interested in carrying Smithsonian Channel. Who should we contact?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
We would like to run advertising on Smithsonian Channel. Who should we contact for Ad Sales?
Just email email@example.com with your contact information and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
We would like to submit a press inquiry. Who should we contact?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your inquiry and contact information and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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