Oasis HD logo
|Launched||March 12, 2006|
|Owned by||Blue Ant Media|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Sister channel(s)||Cottage Life
Travel + Escape
|Bell TV||Channel 1625|
|Shaw Direct||Channel 258/366|
|Available on many Canadian cable systems||Check local listings|
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 1661|
|Optik TV||Channel 643|
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.
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."
The channel was launched on March 12, 2006 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.
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. As of July 2011, the channel has yet to broadcast internationally.
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2006-172 CRTC 2006-04-27
- Bell ExpressVu Invites Canadians to Explore New High Definition Oasis and Visual Treasures BCE press release 2006-03-13
- Blue Ant Media Enters Agreement to Acquire High Fidelity HDTV CNW press release 2011-12-21
- HDTV aims for Europe; Playback Magazine; 2008-07-14
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