Crime & Investigation (Canada)

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Crime & Investigation
Crime and Investigation Canada TV logo.png
Crime and Investigation logo
Launched September 7, 2001
Owned by Shaw Media
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Formerly called Mystery (2001-2007)
Mystery TV (2007-2014)
Website Crime + Investigation
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel 638
Shaw Direct Channel 595
Cable
Available on many Canadian cable systems Check local listings
IPTV
FibreOP Channel 558
Bell Fibe TV Channel 638
MTS Channel 243
Optik TV Channel 380
SaskTel Channel 85

Crime & Investigation is a Canadian English-language Category A specialty channel owned by Shaw Media which presents movies and television series of the crime, mystery and suspense genres. It is based on the U.S cable network of the same name.


History[edit]

The channel was licensed as 13th Street by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on November 24, 2000 to Canwest (45.05%), Groupe TVA (45.05%) and Rogers Communications (9.9%). Before the channel's launch, both Canwest and Groupe TVA acquired Rogers' shares in the service equally. The channel was described as "a national English-language Category 1 specialty television service devoted to mystery and suspense programming. The service will nurture and encourage short form Canadian mysteries. It will provide a wide assortment of genre-specific programs including movies, television series, short films and documentaries that will focus exclusively on the delivery of entertaining programming on suspense, espionage and classic mysteries."[1]

The channel was launched as Mystery On September 7, 2001. TVA, Canwest and Rogers also owned the same shares of its French counterpart, Mystère, which would become wholly owned by TVA before launch. The channel was rebranded as Mystery TV in 2007, though the channel was still referred to as "Mystery" on-air.

Original logo (2001–2007)

On October 27, 2010, Shaw Communications completed its acquisition of Canwest, giving it control of Canwest's 50% interest in Mystery TV.[2] On December 22, 2011, Groupe TVA announced its intentions to sell its share of The Cave (now H2) and Mystery TV to Shaw Communications, giving Shaw full control of these two channels.[3] The deal was approved by the CRTC on April 25, 2012.[4]

It was reported in June 2014 that Mystery TV, along with sister network Twist TV, would be rebranded as Canadian versions of the Crime & Investigation Network and FYI, respectively, under a licensing agreement with A+E Networks.[5] They would be the fourth and fifth networks to be rebranded after History Television, Showcase Diva and The Cave were rebranded as Canadian versions of History, Lifetime and H2 respectively in 2012.[6]

The rebrand was originally set to take place in December, but was rescheduled to November 3, 2014. The channel was relaunched at 5 Central. [7][8]

Logo as Mystery TV (2007-2014)

Noted series[edit]

  • Note: series list is current as of November 2014.

References[edit]

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