|Launched||October 17, 1997|
|Owned by||Shaw Media
(History Television Inc.)
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|Slogan||History. Made Every Day.|
|Formerly called||History Television (1997-2012)|
|Bell TV||522 (SD)
|Shaw Direct||506, 516 (SD)
|Available on most Canadian cable systems||Check local listings, channels may vary|
|Bell Fibe TV||522 (SD)
|Optik TV||201 (SD)
History is a Canadian English language Category A specialty channel that presents programming about history and historical fiction, though mainly focuses on non-historical programming of military, science and technology interest, as well as reality TV, on such subjects as car restoration and picking. It is owned by Shaw Media with the History brand used under a licensing agreement with A+E Networks. Its French language equivalent is Historia.
Licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on September 4, 1996 as The History and Entertainment Network, the channel was launched as History Television on October 17, 1997.
On January 18, 2008, a joint venture between Canwest and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners known as CW Media bought Alliance Atlantis and gained AAC's interest in History Television. On October 8, 2009, Canwest launched History Television HD, a high definition (HD) simulcast of History Television. Unlike the standard definition feed that has both an East and West coast feed, History Television HD has only one national feed operating from the Eastern Time Zone. It is available through all major TV providers in Canada except for Vidéotron.
On October 27, 2010, ownership changed again as Shaw Communications gained control of History Television as a result of its acquisition of Canwest and Goldman Sachs' interest in CW Media. On May 30, 2012, Shaw Media announced that History Television would be rebranded as a Canadian version of American cable channel History on August 12, 2012, through a wider licensing agreement with A+E Networks. Fellow Shaw network, The Cave, was also rebranded as a Canadian version of spin-off network H2.
History airs programs from various genres including documentaries, dramas, films, and human interest series. History also airs a special called Fact & Film which shows a program on a topic and then a movie on the same subject.
- EXPERIENCE HISTORY LIKE NEVER BEFORE - History Television Launches in High Definition; CNW; 2009-10-07
- Shaw Communications closes purchase of Canwest TV assets, rebrands as Shaw Media
- CRTC approves Shaw’s purchase of the Canwest Global television properties
- Shaw Media and A&E to Launch Two New Specialty Channels, Broadcaster Magazine, May 30, 2012.
- Shaw brings Lifetime, H2 to Canada, C21 Media, Aug 13, 2012.