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T+E is a Canadian pay television channel owned by Blue Ant Media. The channel primarily broadcasts lifestyle and entertainment programming related to the supernatural and paranormal.

T+E
T+E Television.png
LaunchedSeptember 7, 2001; 17 years ago (2001-09-07)
Owned byBlue Ant Media
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
SloganTotally entertaining TV
CountryCanada
Broadcast areaCanada
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Formerly calledCTV Travel (2001–2006)
Travel + Escape (2006-2018)
WebsiteT+E
Availability
Satellite
Bell TVChannel 527 (SD)
Shaw DirectChannel 572 (SD)
Channel 172 (HD)
Cable
Available on many Canadian cable systemsCheck local listings
IPTV
Bell Aliant Fibe TVChannel 275 (SD)
Channel 470 (HD)
Bell Fibe TVChannel 527 (SD)
Channel 1527 (HD)
Bell MTSChannel 302 (SD)
Channel 1302 (HD)
Optik TVChannel 9717 (SD)
Channel 717 (HD)
SaskTelChannel 104 (SD)
Channel 404 (HD)
HuronTel Digital TVChannel 371 (HD)
VMediaChannel 267 (SD)
ZazeenChannel 136 (SD)

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HistoryEdit

On November 24, 2000, a general partnership consisting of BCE Media Inc./Groupe TVA Inc. (owning 51%) and CTV Television Inc. (owning 49%) were granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch Travel TV, described as a "national English-language Category 1 specialty television service... consisting exclusively of travel or travel-related programming. The service will explore the world within and beyond Canada’s borders. Programs will address various segments of the population and all types of travel, including those focusing on adventure, outdoor, sporting, cultural and historical interests."[1]

The channel was launched on September 7, 2001 as CTV Travel[2] under the sole ownership of CTV Television Inc.[3] (parent company later became CTVglobemedia, now known today as Bell Media). Programming on the channel consisted of docu-series and devoted to travel such as Jet Set, Exotic Islands, Places of Mystery, and Full Circle with Michael Palin.[4]

On October 30, 2006, CTV Travel was renamed Travel + Escape (stylized as travel + escape until October 5, 2011) to give the channel, described by its owner, a new "edgier" look and feel to fit its new shift in programming the channel had already been making towards more character-driven and experienced-based travel series rather than the typical travelogue programs.[5] New programs introduced to the channel included such series as Dead Famous, The Pleasure Zone, Hunt for Supertwister, The Amazing Race, and Mayhem at the Manor.

On June 8, 2010, it was announced that CTVglobemedia would be selling Travel + Escape to Glassbox Television.[6] The sale was approved by the CRTC on October 26[7] and closed shortly thereafter.

On April 11, 2011, it was announced that Blue Ant Media would acquire a controlling interest in Glassbox Television. Blue Ant Media initially acquired a 29.9% stake in the company, with the option to expand their stake up to 75% which would give the company controlling interest.[8][9] On October 5, 2011, Glassbox Television announced that Travel + Escape would undergo a major overhaul on November 1, 2011. The overhaul included a new logo, on-air presentation, and a slate of new programming.[10] On December 15, 2011, Travel + Escape launched a high definition simulcast of the standard definition feed.

In the summer of 2012, Travel + Escape would be purchased outright by Blue Ant Media.[11] Under their ownership, the channel would further shift its focus away from travel-based series to general-interest adventure and exploration based programming. By 2016, the channel had begun airing scripted entertainment programming such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, and CSI: Miami (which also airs on sibling channel Makeful).

In March 2018, Travel + Escape was renamed T+E, with its new tagline of Totally Entertaining TV. The event was marked with a national 8-week free preview available to Canadian television service providers.[12]

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2001–2006 2006–2011 2011-2019

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