Oasis HD

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Oasis HD
Oasis HD.svg
Oasis HD logo
Launched March 12, 2006
Owned by Blue Ant Media
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Slogan Love nature
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Sister channel(s) Cottage Life
BiteTV
Travel + Escape
HIFI
radX
Smithsonian Channel
Aux
Website Oasis HD
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel 1625
Shaw Direct Channel 258/366
Cable
Available on many Canadian cable systems Check local listings
IPTV
FibreOP Channel 449
Bell Fibe TV Channel 1661
MTS Channel 492
Optik TV Channel 643
SaskTel Channel 471

Oasis HD is a Canadian English language Category B specialty channel. The channel is owned by Blue Ant Media and broadcasts completely in high definition. The channel broadcasts nature-themed programming on a wide variety of topics from animals to landscapes to outer space.

History[edit]

In August 2005, John S. Panikkar (co-founder of High Fidelity HDTV), was granted a licence by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch OasisHD, a digital HD specialty channel devoted to "urban and wild landscapes by Canadian and international cinematographers."[1]

The channel was launched on March 12, 2006[2] as Oasis HD focusing on nature programming.

On December 21, 2011, Oasis HD's parent company, High Fidelity HDTV, announced that it had entered into an agreement to be purchased outright by Blue Ant Media, majority owners of Glassbox Television and minority owners of Quarto Communications. While initially purchasing 29.9% of the company, the remaining 70.1% will be purchased once it is approved by the CRTC.[3]

International expansion[edit]

On July 14, 2008 High Fidelity HDTV announced that it had reached an agreement with Cameron Thomson Group to distribute Oasis HD throughout the European marketplace.[4] As of July 2011, the channel has yet to broadcast internationally.

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