Investigation Discovery (Canada)
Investigation Discovery logo
|Launched||September 7, 2001|
|Owned by||Bell Media|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|Formerly called||Court TV Canada (2001-2010)|
|Sister channel(s)||Animal Planet
|Bell TV||Channel 528 (SD)
Channel 1714 (HD)
|Shaw Direct||Channel 557 (SD)|
|Available on many Canadian cable systems||Check local listings, channels may vary|
|FibreOP||Channel 296 (SD)
Channel 540 (HD)
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 528 (SD)
Channel 1528 (HD)
|MTS||Channel 285 (SD)|
|Optik TV||Channel 176 (SD)
Channel 712 (HD)
|SaskTel||Channel 166 (SD)|
Originally launching as a Canadian version of Court TV, it was re-launched as a Canadian version of Investigation Discovery as part of a licensing arrangement with Discovery Communications. Unlike Bell's other Discovery-branded channels, Discovery Communications does not own a minority stake in Investigation Discovery.
Investigation Discovery airs a variety of dramas, documentaries, talk shows, as well as programs focusing on police and security, forensic investigations, crime and justice, and other related subjects.
In November 2000, Learning and Skills Television of Alberta, a company majority owned by CHUM Limited (60%) and owners of Access, was granted permission by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a television channel called The Law & Order Channel, described as "a national English-language Category 2 specialty television service that will feature entertainment programming about police, law, the courts, emergency and medical response teams, disaster and relief operations featuring people and organizations that uphold law and order in our society."
On February 15, 2005, CHUM completed the purchase of the remaining interest in LSTA, bringing its ownership to 100 percent. A year later, in July 2006, Bell Globemedia (later renamed CTVglobemedia) announced that it would purchase CHUM for an estimated $1.7 billion CAD, included in the sale was LSTA and its interest in CourtTV Canada. The sale and was approved by the CRTC in June 2007, with the transaction completed on June 22, 2007. In 2008, LSTA (then known as Access Media Group) was wound up into CTV Limited (the renamed CHUM Limited).
Despite the American service being re-launched as truTV in 2008 with a greater emphasis on reality shows (such as hidden camera and documentary programs), the Canadian channel continued using the CourtTV brand until August 30, 2010, when the channel was re-branded as a Canadian version of the similar channel Investigation Discovery as part of a wider licensing agreement between CTV and Discovery Communications.
On September 10, 2010, Bell Canada (a minority shareholder in CTVglobemedia) announced that it planned to acquire 100% interest in CTVglobemedia for a total debt and equity transaction cost of $3.2 billion CAD. The deal which required CRTC approval, was approved on March 7, 2011 and closed on April 1 of that year, on which CTVglobemedia was rebranded Bell Media.
Investigation Discovery HD
On June 17, 2011, Bell Media announced plans to launch Investigation Discovery HD, a high definition (HD) simulcast of the standard definition feed, by the end of 2011. The channel was launched on December 15, 2011 on Bell Fibe TV and later on Telus Optik TV. The channel launch on Bell TV December 13, 2012.
- Decision CRTC 2000-614 CRTC 2000-12-14
- The history of CHUM Globe and Mail article 2006-06-12
- Bell Globemedia acquires CHUM; Fasken Martineau; 2006-07-12
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-165; CRTC; 2007-06-08
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2008-141, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, 14 July 2008
- Discovery to Launch Three New Channel Brands In Canada
- Bell Canada (2010-09-10). "Bell to acquire 100% of Canada's No.1 media company CTV". CNW Group. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
- CRTC approves BCE's purchase of CTVglobemedia
- Bell completes acquisition of CTV, launches Bell Media business unit CNW 2011-04-01
- Discovery Channel and Bell Media Factual Networks Announce Fall 2011 "Must See" Highlights CNW 2011-06-17
- Animal Planet HD, Investigation Discovery HD and Discovery Science HD Launch Today Bell Media press release 2011-12-15