Investigation Discovery (Canada)

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Investigation Discovery
ID TV Canada.png
Investigation Discovery logo
Launched September 7, 2001
Owned by Bell Media
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
(2011-present)
480i (SDTV)
(2001-present)
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Formerly called Court TV Canada (2001-2010)
Sister channel(s) Animal Planet
Discovery Channel
Discovery Science
Discovery World
Website Investigation Discovery
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel 528 (SD)
Channel 1714 (HD)
Shaw Direct Channel 557 (SD)
Cable
Available on many Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary
IPTV
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)

Investigation Discovery (also abbreviated as ID.) is a Canadian English language Category B specialty channel owned by Bell Media, primarily focusing on programming related to crime and justice.

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.

Programming[edit]

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.

History[edit]

Original logo for CourtTV Canada (2001-2005)
Court TV Canada logo from 2005-2010.

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."[1]

The channel was launched on September 7, 2001 as Court TV Canada.[2] The channel replaced the American service, Court TV, which was available by many television service providers in Canada.

On February 15, 2005, CHUM completed the purchase of the remaining interest in LSTA, bringing its ownership to 100 percent.[2] 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.[3] The sale and was approved by the CRTC in June 2007,[4] 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).[5]

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.[6]

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.[7] The deal which required CRTC approval, was approved on March 7, 2011[8] and closed on April 1 of that year, on which CTVglobemedia was rebranded Bell Media.[9]

Investigation Discovery HD[edit]

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.[10] 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.[11]

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