Discovery World (Canadian TV channel)

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Discovery World
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Discovery World logo
Launched December 19, 2005
Owned by CTV Specialty Television Inc. (80% and managing partner)
Discovery Communications (20%)
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Formerly called Discovery HD Theatre (2005-2009)
Discovery HD (2009-2010)
Discovery World HD (2010-2012)
Discovery World (2012-2015)
Website Discovery World
Bell TV Channel 827 / 1601
Shaw Direct Channel 279
Available on many Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary
FibreOP Channel 445
Bell Fibe TV Channel 1519
MTS Channel 499
Optik TV Channel 640
SaskTel Channel 470

Discovery World is a Canadian Category B specialty channel owned by CTV Specialty Television, a joint venture of Bell Media and Discovery Communications. The channel is a high definition service featuring science and technology, nature and adventure programming. The channel features a mix of original programming and series' from the slate of Bell-owned Discovery-branded channels.


Beginning in August 2003, CTV had operated a channel known as Discovery Channel HD, which served as a high-definition simulcast of the main Discovery Channel lineup, where applicable. In August 2005, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved an application for a new category 2 digital service, Discovery HD Theatre, which would be based on the U.S. channel of the same name; covering many of the same genres as Discovery Channel, but with a separate lineup consisting of only high definition programming.[1] Discovery HD Theatre replaced Discovery Channel HD on December 19, 2005. While maintaining the same format, the channel was renamed Discovery HD in 2009.

In June 2010, CTVglobemedia announced that it would launch three new Discovery-branded channels in Canada, among them included a re-branding of Discovery HD as Discovery World HD (later just Discovery World) on August 2, 2010—which would feature a new lineup of factual programming produced around the world.[2] A separate HD simulcast of Discovery Channel returned in June 2011.[3]

In January 2015, Bell Media announced that Discovery World would be re-branded as a Canadian version of Velocity (itself the current identity of the network's original U.S. counterpart) on February 12, 2015: the network will increase its focus on automotive-oriented series.[4]


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2005-2009 2009-2010 2010-2012 2012–2015

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