In November 2000, MLSE was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a television channel called Maple Leaf Channel, described as "a regional English-language Category 2 specialty television service devoted to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Programming will include historical events, profiles of players, panel and call-in shows, classic Maple Leaf hockey games, interviews with Maple Leaf players, coaches and management, statistics, insights and analysis of the current hockey scene from a Maple Leaf perspective, and information as to the purchase of merchandise, tickets and collectibles. There will also be a small amount of programming related to general hockey matters, including minor hockey league hockey and hockey instruction."
The channel was launched on September 7, 2001 as Leafs TV.
Programming on Leafs TV includes live broadcasts of games, re-airings of recent and past games (both in entirety, and edited), pre- and post-game shows, biographies of players and other personalities and other related programming.
LIVE Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey – 13 regular season games and 7 preseason games for the 2008–09 NHL season are exclusive to Leafs TV.
Molson Leafs Nation Pre-Game – Gate 5 Live from Gate 5 Studio at ACC during home games, the Leafs TV pre-game show provides analysis, interviews and in-depth discussion.
Leafs Nation Post Game – Airing after every Leaf game, Gate 5 Live from Gate 5 Studio at the Air Canada Centre after home games, the Leafs TV post-game show provides in-depth discussions, expert analysis, interviews, high-lights and exclusive full post-game media conference.
Marlies Hockey – Regular season games and playoff games.
Game in an Hour – A one-hour capsule of a Toronto Maple Leafs game.
Marlies Game in an Hour – A one-hour capsule of a Toronto Marlies game.
Leafs Today' – A daily Toronto Maple Leafs-themed talk show involving players, coaches and members of the media.
LeafSpace – Highlights the different programming on Leafs TV in 6-minute segments that change daily.
Molson Canadian Classics – Games from Maple Leafs' history are viewed and analyzed by a guest who has first hand knowledge of the team at that time.
Marlies This Week – A look back on the Marlies’ from the week with highlights, interviews and statistics.
The Reporters – Sunday morning panel show hosted by Paul Romanuk, featuring three guests, discussing issues involving the Leafs and the NHL.
In November 2006 Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. launched an HD simulcast of Leafs TV. Originally, the channel was only available during live Maple Leafs' games that broadcast in HD; however, in June 2011, the channel began broadcasting on a full-time basis. Despite being a full-time feed, Leafs TV's pregames, post-games and live Leafs are only carried on satellite providers such as Bell TV and Shaw Direct.