Slice (TV channel)
|Launched||January 1, 1995|
|Owned by||Shaw Media
(Life Network Inc.)
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|Formerly called||Life Network (1995-2007)|
|Bell TV||Channel 601 (SD)
Channel 1704 (HD)
|Shaw Direct||Channel 562 (SD)
80 / 580 (HD)
|Available on most Canadian cable systems||Check local listings, channels may vary|
|FibreOP||Channel 272 (SD)
Channel 448 (HD)
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 601 (SD)
Channel 1601 (HD)
|MTS||Channel 131 (SD)
Channel 1131 (HD)
|Optik TV||Channel 331 (SD)|
|SaskTel||Channel 101 (SD)|
- "Life Network" redirects here. For the earlier, now-defunct Canadian television network of similar name, see The Life Channel.
Slice broadcasts lifestyle and entertainment programming aimed at women in the form of reality television series, documentaries, talk shows, and more. Program topics typically focus on such areas as fashion and beauty, entertainment, health, finance, relationships, and more.
In June 1994, Your Channel Television Inc., a company majority owned by Atlantis Television Ventures Inc. (Atlantis Communications), was granted a television broadcasting licence by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for a channel called YOU: Your Channel, described at the time as broadcasting "programming consisting of documentaries and information programming," grouped into five themes, ""Habitat" will stress programming for the home and environment; "Bodyworks" will cover fitness, health and nutrition; "Food Plus" will include programs related to cooking and food; "Explorations" will deal with travel, adventure and nature; and "Relationships" will focus on parenting, child care, careers and personal relationships."
The channel was launched on January 1, 1995 as Life Network,. The channel broadcast programs in themes focusing on such areas as food, gardening, and home design.
In June 1998, Atlantis Communications announced that it planned to merge with Alliance Communications, another fellow television and film producer and broadcaster, owners of History Television and Showcase at the time, to form a new company called Alliance Atlantis Communications. The CRTC approved the merger in May 1999.
Programming on the channel shifted to programming about issues relating to everyday life, mostly in the form of non-competitive reality television, talk shows, as other Alliance Atlantis-owned channels such as HGTV and Food Network launched in 1997 and 2000, respectively.
Plans to relaunch the channel as Slice were announced in November 2006 by Alliance Atlantis Communications. The new name and programming reflects Life's shift towards a more entertainment based schedule with what Alliance Atlantis called "addictive" programming. The name was revealed in a 2006 Life Network online survey on future programming strategies. The channel was relaunched on March 5, 2007, although the on-air branding appeared intermittently during a "sneak preview" on March 3 and 4.
On January 18, 2008, a joint venture between Canwest and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners known as CW Media, acquired control of Slice through its purchase of Alliance Atlantis' broadcasting assets, which were placed in a trust in August 2007. On October 27, 2010, ownership changed again as Shaw Communications gained control of Slice as a result of its acquisition of Canwest and Goldman Sachs' interest in CW Media.
On May 29, 2013, Shaw Media launched Slice HD, a high definition simulcast of the standard definition feed. It is currently available on EastLink, Shaw Direct, Shaw Cable, Bell Fibe TV & Bell TV. In the same year, Slice has been using an alternative blue logo for certain programs.
Slice is known to have aired many series from the U.S cable network, Bravo, in addition to producing several original programs of its own.
- 72 Hours
- Big Brother Canada
- Big Brother After Dark
- Child Star
- Casino Confidential
- Eat St.
- ET Canada
- For Rent
- Kendra on Top
- King of the Nerds
- Kitchen Nightmares
- Til Debt Do Us Part
- The Hero
- The Real Housewives of Atlanta
- The Real Housewives of Orange County
- The Real Housewives of Vancouver
- Decision CRTC 94-279 CRTC 1994-06-06
- Tier Two Turns Ten Mediacaster Magazine 2005-03-01
- Merger creates film, TV giant Toronto Star 1998-07-22
- Decision CRTC 99-106 1999-05-20
- Alliance Atlantis To Launch SLICE Broadcaster Magazine 2006-11-02
- Canwest Global receives final CRTC approval for acquisition of Alliance Atlantis CNW press release 2008-01-18
- Goldman's happy ending at CanWest The Globe and Mail 2010-05-03
- CanWest Completes Acquisition of Alliance Atlantis Investor Point 2007-08-15
- Shaw Communications closes purchase of Canwest TV assets, rebrands as Shaw Media
- CRTC approves Shaw's purchase of the Canwest Global television properties