HGTV (Canada)

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HGTV
HGTV Canada 2012 logo.svg
HGTV logo
Launched October 17, 1997
Owned by Shaw Media (80.24% & managing partner)
(HGTV Canada, Inc.) Scripps Networks Interactive (19.76%)
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
(2011-present)
480i (SDTV)
(1997-present)
Slogan Real Estate. Real Drama.
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Website HGTV
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel 600 (SD)
Channel 1703 (HD)
Shaw Direct Channel 564 (SD)
Channel 254 (HD)
Cable
Available on most Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary
IPTV
FibreOP Channel 271 (SD) Channel 427 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV Channel 600 (SD)
Channel 1600 (HD)
MTS Channel 134 (SD)
Channel 465 (HD)
Optik TV Channel 142 (SD)
Channel 680 (HD)
SaskTel Channel 102 (SD)
Channel 402 (HD)

HGTV (which stands for Home & Garden Television) is a Canadian English language Category A specialty channel owned and operated by Shaw Media and Scripps Networks Interactive. HGTV broadcasts programs regarding real estate and home and garden design and renovations.

HGTV broadcasts both original Canadian content productions and licensed content from other broadcasters. The majority of licensed content is sourced from its American counterpart, HGTV; however, other programming sources include DIY Network and the BBC.

History[edit]

In September 1996, Your Channel Television Inc., a company majority owned by Atlantis Communications with minority partner E. W. Scripps Company, was granted a television broadcasting licence by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for a channel called HGTV-TV Canada, described at the time as broadcasting "programming that presents practical, hands-on advice and instruction about homes and gardens. The programming will revolve around five key themes: building and remodelling, decorating and interior design, gardening and landscaping, crafts and hobbies and special interests."[1]

The channel was launched as HGTV on October 17, 1997.[2]

In June 1998,[3] Atlantis Communications announced that it planned to merge with Alliance Communications, another fellow television and film producer and broadcaster, owners of History Television and Showcase at the time,[4] to form a new company called Alliance Atlantis Communications. The CRTC approved the merger in May 1999.[4]

On January 18, 2008,[5] a joint venture between Canwest and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners known as CW Media[6] acquired control of HGTV through its purchase of Alliance Atlantis' broadcasting assets, which were placed in a trust in August 2007.[7]

On October 27, 2010, ownership changed again as Shaw Communications gained control of HGTV as a result of its acquisition of Canwest and Goldman Sachs' interest in CW Media.[8][9]

On July 23, 2012, HGTV introduced a new logo similar to the one used by its American counterpart since 2010.

HGTV HD[edit]

On January 31, 2011, HGTV launched a high definition feed called HGTV HD simulcasting the standard definition feed.[10] The channel broadcasts in 1080i picture format.

Logos[edit]

Notable series[edit]

Past or present series which were produced partly or wholly by HGTV Canada are listed here; a more complete list, including imported programming, is available at List of programs broadcast by HGTV (Canada).

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