National Geographic Channel Asia (Nat Geo Asia, was formerly known as NBC Asia from 1994 until 20 July 1998) is a 24-hour Asian subscription television channel that features non-fiction, factual programming involving nature, science, culture and history, produced by the National Geographic Society, just like History and the Discovery Channel. It was launched in 1994 in partnership and distribution with STAR TV is a Hong Kong-based pan-Asian satellite network owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation a replacing the NBC Asia channel on 20 July 1998. As of 2008, the Asian version of National Geographic Channel is available in over 56 million homes. NGC Asia has six different channels feeds.In 1994, NBC it was officially launched to grand inaugurated a pay television channel in Asia called NBC Asia available in Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Cayman Islands, Micronesia, British Virgin Islands, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, South Korea, People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Macau, Republic of China, and Thailand at how many of 20-countries of the Asia it like of NBC Europe, NBC Asia featured most of NBC programs as well as NBC Nightly News (a flagship daily evening primetime television news program for NBC News), The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live and Late Night. Like its European counterpart, it could not broadcast United States-produced primetime shows due to rights restrictions. It also had NBC Sports for the latest action in selected sporting events such: NFL on NBC (a subsidiary of NFL), MLB on NBC (a subsidiary of MLB), NBA on NBC (a subsidiary of NBA) and NHL on NBC (a subsidiary of NHL). During weekday evenings, NBC Asia had a regional evening news program. It occasionally simulcast some programs from CNBC Asia and MSNBC.