Discovery World (Canadian TV channel)
Discovery World logo
|Launched||December 19, 2005|
|Owned by||CTV Specialty Television Inc. (80% and managing partner)
Discovery Communications (20%)
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Formerly called||Discovery HD Theatre (2005-2009)
Discovery HD (2009-2010)
Discovery World HD (2010-2012)
Discovery World (2012-2015)
|Bell TV||Channel 827 / 1601|
|Shaw Direct||Channel 279|
|Available on many Canadian cable systems||Check local listings, channels may vary|
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 1519|
|Optik TV||Channel 640|
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. 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. A separate HD simulcast of Discovery Channel returned in June 2011.
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.
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2005-519, CRTC, 21 October 2005
- Discovery to Launch Three New Channel Brands In Canada
- Discovery Channel and Bell Media Factual Networks Announce Fall 2011 "Must See" Highlights CNW 2011-06-17
- "High Stakes Adventure, Precision Machines, Raw Power: Specialty Service Discovery Velocity Launches February 12". Press release. Retrieved 20 January 2015.