GameTV

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GameTV
Game TV 2012.svg
GameTV logo
Launched November 2005
Owned by Kilmer Enterprises
(The GameTV Corporation)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Slogan Playful When You Are
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Formerly called Casino & Gaming Television (2005-2007)
Website GameTV
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel 274
Shaw Direct Channel 405
Cable
Available on many Canadian cable systems Check local listings
IPTV
MTS Channel 33
Optik TV Channel 185
SaskTel Channel 45

GameTV is a Canadian English language Category B specialty channel specializing in game-related programming such as game shows, reality television programs and gaming-related feature films.

GameTV's licensee is the GameTV Corporation which is owned by Kilmer Enterprises Inc. (KEI), although Insight Sports Ltd. operates the service on its behalf. KEI is also an investor in Insight Sports.

History[edit]

Official logo as CGTV

In September 2001, Stuart Media Group (now called the GameTV Corporation) was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch The Gaming Channel, described as "a national, English-language Category 2 specialty television service, providing live-event interactive programming about gaming or involving gaming."[1]

Prior to the channel's launch, Stuart Media reached an agreement with the owners of the American television network, Casino & Gaming Television (CGTV), to license its brand and programming in Canada for its channel. The channel was launched in November 2005 as Casino & Gaming Television (CGTV)[2] and was devoted to casino gaming and the gaming lifestyle. Regular features included tournaments, casino games, gaming destinations and more. Although the channel was owned by Stuart Media Group and its parent companies, Insight Sports operated the channel on its behalf from the channel's inception.

GameTV logo (2007-2012)

On October 26, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. EST, CGTV was renamed GameTV to broaden its appeal to a larger audience by focusing on game-related programming by introducing game shows, reality TV series, and game-related movie to its schedule, in addition to casino gaming programming.[3]

In October 2012, GameTV debuted a new logo and on-air graphics, and tweaked its format by removing all casino-related gaming programming from its lineup, focusing specifically on game shows, competition-style reality series, and feature films, which air nightly.[4]

Programming[edit]

A list of notable shows that air on GameTV, as of June 2014:

See also[edit]

  • Game Show Network, a U.S. equivalent also carried by most Canadian television providers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Decision CRTC 2001-549 CRTC 2001-09-04
  2. ^ CGTV Canada Announces Carriage Agreement with Rogers Mediacaster Magazine 2005-11-11
  3. ^ Insight rebrands Casino channel Playback Magazine 2007-10-24
  4. ^ GameTV re-launches, adds new executive team Cartt.ca 2012-10-11

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