Some of the popular programming on the Smithsonian Channel's HD and standard definition channels includes "Aerial America," "Africa's Predator Zones" and "Black Mamba: Kiss of Death." Other featured shows are "Amy Winehouse: One Shining Night" and "Titanic's Final Mystery," as of 2015.
The channel is a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution and the Showtime network. The Smithsonians museums, research centers and National Zoo directly inspire much of the programming on the channel. An Act of Congress formed the Institution in 1846 as a way to increase and spread knowledge. There are 700 scientists employed by the Smithsonian, which has nine research centers nationwide.
"Aerial America" is both a show and an ambitious project to capture aerial videos of all 50 states and Washington, D.C., a feat the show completed in 2015 with an aerial tour of Illinois. Shooting the footage via helicopter, the film crew logged more than 2,500 hours in flight, traveling more than 150,000 miles. Filmed over the course of seven years, the series captures not just landmarks in each state, but also events that occurred in the various states over which the production team flew.
Other notable shows on the channel include "Arabia Uncovered," "Space Voyages" and "United States of Drinking."