Discovery Channel (Canada)

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Discovery Channel
Discovery Channel International.svg
Discovery Channel logo
Launched January 1, 1995
Owned by CTV Specialty Television Inc. (80% and managing partner)
Discovery Communications (20%)
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Slogan Grab Life by the Globe
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Sister channel(s) Animal Planet
Discovery Science
Discovery World
Investigation Discovery
Website Discovery Channel Canada
Bell TV Channel 520 (SD)
Channel 1602 (HD)
Shaw Direct Channel 505 (SD)
93 / 593 (HD)
Available on most Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary
FibreOP Channel 286 (SD)
Channel 430 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV Channel 520 (SD)
Channel 1520 (HD)
MTS Channel 104 (SD)
Optik TV (BC, AB) Channel 200 (SD)
Channel 687 (HD)
Optik TV (QC) Channel 175 (SD)
SaskTel Channel 51 (SD)

Discovery Channel is a Canadian English language Category A specialty channel devoted to nature, adventure, science and technology programming. Discovery Channel is owned by CTV Specialty Television Inc. (80%) and Discovery Communications (20%). CTV Specialty in turn is owned by Bell Media (80%) and ESPN Inc. (20%).


Licensed in 1994, Discovery Channel began broadcasting on January 1, 1995 under the ownership of NetStar Communications Inc. On March 24, 2000, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved CTV Inc. to acquire an 80% voting interest in NetStar Communications Inc. (the remaining 20% owned by ESPN Inc.) CTV renamed the company CTV Speciality Television Inc.


Although much of Discovery's programming is shared with its American counterpart, the Canadian channel has separate ownership and produces much of its own programming as well. Most notably, the channel produces a daily science news program, Daily Planet. Some of the imported US Discovery Channel programs are presented differently than in the US, with different air dates for shows such as The Deadliest Catch (Canadian air dates for season 4 episodes are approximately one month after their US debut), and Dirty Jobs (Discovery Channel Canada broadcasts are edited to remove appeals for submissions). Discovery Channel Canada also produces its own version of the Cash Cab game show, in lieu of broadcasting the American version (although the host of the Canadian version has on one occasion hosted the US show, too).

Despite the inclusion of US programming, the Canadian programming lineup looks more like the American version of The Science Channel than the United States Discovery Channel.[original research?] In fact, some shows from The Science Channel, such as How It's Made, Building the Ultimate, and Ultimate Cars, were produced by Discovery Channel Canada.

The Canadian Discovery Channel rates their shows as "Exempt" (meriting no on-screen icon or advisory), except for shows like The Sex Files, Forensic Factor, A Haunting and Criss Angel: Mindfreak which were rated '18+'; Guinea Pig, which was rated '14+' but changed to '18+'; and Destroyed in Seconds, which was originally rated Exempt, but recently its rating was changed to '14+'.

Programming blocks[edit]

  • Disaster Detectives - about disasters, and as of 2006, supernatural encounters
  • Discovery Sunday Showcase - an 8-11 p.m. Sunday block that usually features a 2 to 3 hour programmes, usually followed by a theme week. In 2006, it was renamed to Discovery Presents.
  • Monster Monday - former Monday block about monstrous projects, including Monster Garage, Monster House, and Frontiers of Construction.
  • Supercharged Saturday - 'explosive' programming that airs on Saturday night.
  • Ultimate - shows that deal with engineering projects, or showcasing machinery.
  • Wild Discovery - shows about wildlife, or animals in general.
  • World's Greatest Mysteries - shows about mysteries, ancient civilizations.

List of Canadian-made Discovery Channel programs[edit]


Production studios[edit]

Exploration Production Inc., a producer and distributor of factual content, primarily episodic series and science magazines for television, was opened in 1993. NetStar Communications Inc. owned the company under Discovery Channel Canada, and it was acquired by CTV during the CTV-NetStar acquisition. EPI has produced many shows found in Discovery Channel and other affiliated Canadian channels.

Discovery Channel HD[edit]

On June 17, 2011 Bell Media announced that it would launch, for a second time, Discovery Channel HD, a high definition (HD) simulcast of the standard definition feed. The channel was launched on August 18, 2011.[1] It is available on Bell TV, Bell Fibe TV, Shaw Cable, Rogers Cable, Vidéotron and Telus Optik TV. Discovery Channel HD was launched on August 15, 2003.[2] On December 19, 2005, the channel was shut down and replaced by a separate channel called Discovery HD Theatre, a category 2 digital cable HD specialty channel similar to Discovery Channel. The channel is now known as Discovery World.


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