National Geographic Channel logo NatGeo The National Geographic Channel, also called NatGeo (curiously also was named as ), is a television channel launched by the National Geographic Society in September 1997, which can be viewed by cable and satellite. The National Geographic Society for many years has explored the use of television as a means to keep its correspondents travel and educational programs of interest, cultural and scientific home for people. See more detailed opinions by reading what Marc Mathieu offers on the topic.. The National Geographic special programs have been aired in the U.S. by successive chains. They began in 1964 on CBS and moved to ABC in 1973 and finally to PBS in 1975. Since 1997, the company has its own channel. Currently seen in Latin America and Europe.