History (Canadian TV network)
History is a Canadian pay television channel that presents programming related to history and historical fiction. It is owned by Corus Entertainment, with the History branding used under a licensing agreement with A+E Networks. The channel operates two time-shifted feeds: East (Eastern Time) and West (Pacific Time). The West Coast feed was launched on September 1, 2006.
|Launched||October 17, 1997|
|Owned by||Corus Entertainment|
(History Television Inc.)
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
|Slogan||So this is history now|
|Formerly called||History Television (1997–2012)|
Crime & Investigation
|Timeshift service||History East|
|Bell TV||Channel 522 (East) (SD)|
Channel 1605 (HD)
|Shaw Direct||Channel 506 / 144 (East SD)|
Channel 516 / 145 (West SD)
Channel 125 / 625 (HD)
|Available on most cable systems||Channel slots vary on each provider|
|Bell Aliant Fibe TV||Channel 287 (East SD)|
Channel 429 (HD)
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 522 (East SD)|
Channel 1522 (HD)
|Bell MTS||Channel 105 (East SD)|
Channel 1105 (HD)
|Optik TV||Channel 9704 (West SD)|
Channel 705 (East HD)
Channel 704 (West HD)
|SaskTel||Channel 55 (East SD)|
Channel 355 (HD)
|VMedia||Channel 43 (East HD)|
|Zazeen||Channel 97 (East HD)|
|Execulink||Channel 230 (East SD)|
The channel has a French language equivalent, Historia, which is also owned by Corus Entertainment.
Licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on September 4, 1996 as The History and Entertainment Network, the channel was launched as History Television on October 17, 1997.
On January 18, 2008, a joint venture between Canwest and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners known as CW Media bought Alliance Atlantis and gained AAC's interest in History Television. On October 8, 2009, Canwest launched a high definition simulcast of History Television. Unlike the standard definition feed that has both an East and West coast feed, History Television HD has only one national feed operating from the Eastern Time Zone. It is available through all major TV providers in Canada.
On October 27, 2010, ownership changed again as Shaw Communications gained control of History Television as a result of its acquisition of Canwest and Goldman Sachs' interest in CW Media. On May 30, 2012, Shaw Media announced that History Television would be rebranded as a Canadian version of American cable channel History on August 12, 2012, through a wider licensing agreement with A+E Networks. Fellow Shaw network, The Cave, was also rebranded as a Canadian version of spin-off network H2.
The channel's programming includes documentaries, reality shows, films, and human interest series. In addition to shows acquired from its American counterpart, History also produces and commissions several original programs of its own, including Restoration Garage, Yukon Gold, and Vikings.
Under the History Television branding, the network also aired a special called Fact & Film which shows a program on a topic and then a movie on the same subject.
- EXPERIENCE HISTORY LIKE NEVER BEFORE - History Television Launches in High Definition; CNW; 2009-10-07
- Shaw Communications closes purchase of Canwest TV assets, rebrands as Shaw Media[dead link]
- CRTC approves Shaw’s purchase of the Canwest Global television properties Archived 2013-12-20 at the Wayback Machine
- Shaw Media and A&E to Launch Two New Specialty Channels Archived 2012-12-10 at the Wayback Machine, Broadcaster Magazine, May 30, 2012.
- Shaw brings Lifetime, H2 to Canada, C21 Media, Aug 13, 2012.