Treehouse TV (or Treehouse) is a Canadian English language specialty channel that was launched on November 1, 1997. Its name comes from YTV's former children's programming block, The Treehouse. The channel is owned by YTV Canada, Inc., a subsidiary of Corus Entertainment.
|Launched||November 1, 1997|
|Owned by||YTV Canada, Inc.|
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
|Slogan||You're watching Treehouse!|
|Formerly called||The Treehouse|
|Bell TV||Channel 553 (SD)|
Channel 1640 (HD)
|Shaw Direct||Channel 206 (HD)|
|Available on most cable systems||Channel slots vary on each operator|
|Bell Aliant Fibe TV||Channel 253 (SD)|
Channel 500 (HD)
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 560 (SD)|
Channel 1560 (HD)
|Bell MTS||Channel 155 (SD)|
Channel 1155 (HD)
|Optik TV||Channel 9601 (SD)|
|SaskTel||Channel 91 (SD)|
Channel 391 (HD)
|VMedia||Channel 65 (HD)|
|StackTV||Internet Protocol television|
While most hosted blocks had one or two hosts, Treehouse had three PJs (Program Jockeys) and was also co-hosted by The Fuzzpaws, which were stuffed animal puppets. As the name suggests, it was set in a tree house. PJ Katie had her own TV show, called PJ Katie's Farm, where she acted out stories with clay animals.
After the Treehouse block ended, The Fuzzpaws got their own show on YTV Jr. and PJ Katie went on to become Jenny on The Zone (Katie was her middle name; there already was a Jenny with YTV at the time she was a PJ). The name YTV Jr. was later dropped; however, there was still children's programming shown at the time, but there was no special name given to it.
On July 19, 2019, Nelvana Enterprises and Corus Entertainment filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against a medical marijuana dispensary chain, known as "Treehouse Dispensary", alleging the chain "wilfully copied and is using a confusing similar imitation" of the Treehouse TV logo. An attorney for the dispensary contested the claims and said that the business "categorically denies that its logo infringes on any existing trademarks in the United States." Corus won the lawsuit through a default judgment the following December.
Video on demand servicesEdit
In March 2005, Corus Entertainment began offering a video on demand service called Treehouse On Demand to cable providers such as Rogers Cable and Cogeco, delivering content from Treehouse TV. It is offered as a free service to customers who subscribe to each providers digital cable service. Some providers such as SaskTel offer it as a standalone premium subscription service. Between June 2015 and May 2019, Corus operated TreehouseGO, a TV Everywhere service available on iOS and Android devices.
In 2011, Corus launched a standalone subscription video on demand service for iOS called Treehouse Video App. It was later rebranded to Treehouse Classic before a 2016 revamp renamed it to Treehouse App.
Treehouse Direct is a multilingual YouTube service that specializes in various animated and live action series, including those from Nelvana, another division of Corus Entertainment, along with select Nickelodeon series.
- Jamaica - distributed on Flow Cable systems.
- The Bahamas - distributed on Cable Bahamas systems.
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