Space (TV channel)
- For the unrelated Latin American channel of the same name, see Space (Latin American TV channel).
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|Launched||October 17, 1997|
|Owned by||Bell Media|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Slogan||It's all around you|
|Bell TV||Channel 627 (SD)
Channel 1746 (HD)
|Shaw Direct||Channel 528 (SD)
Channel 275 (HD)
|Available on most Canadian cable systems||Channel number varies, check your local listings|
|Bell Aliant TV||Channel 209 (SD)|
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 627 (SD)
Channel 1632 (HD)
|MTS||Channel 122 (SD)|
|Optik TV||Channel 174 (SD)
Channel 686 (HD)
|SaskTel||Channel 72 (SD)
Channel 372 (HD)
Space is a Canadian Category A specialty channel owned and operated by Bell Media. It features science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal programming including scripted television series, films, documentaries, and more. The network's original slogan was The Imagination Station and is still sometimes used informally by fans today.
The channel was licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in 1996. It debuted on October 17, 1997 at 6:00 p.m. ET, under the ownership of CHUM Limited, airing the film Forbidden Planet, followed by a commentary on that film by author Robert J. Sawyer, followed by the film Mars Attacks!. The Sawyer commentary was the first example of the interstitial materials — mostly produced by Mark Askwith — that have become SPACE's signature: short, snappy, mini-documentaries on science fiction and science topics shown between programs, collectively known as "SPACE Flow". Daily installments include Space News (formerly SPIN, for "Space Information and News").
As with Teletoon and MuchMusic, Space was created specifically to prevent the import of a similar American television network, thereby maintaining Canadian content whenever possible. In this case, Space was introduced in lieu of Canadians receiving the SciFi Channel (now Syfy); it has been criticized for not carrying the same type of programming as its U.S. counterpart, although most (but not all) original SyFy programming eventually finds its way onto Space. There are some delays, however. For example, the popular SciFi series The Invisible Man didn't begin airing on Space until after it had finished its run on SciFi. It ran Stargate SG-1 delayed from its initial airing on Sci Fi, and as of January 22, 2006, began airing the companion/spin-off series Stargate Atlantis. There are some shows that air on Space that do not air on SyFy, such as Relic Hunter and Doctor Who.
CTVglobemedia took over Space on June 22, 2007, as a result of a takeover of CHUM Limited. At the same time, the Citytv stations were sold to Rogers later that year. Ownership changed hands once again when on April 1, 2011, BCE Inc. gained 100% control of the assets that CTVglobemedia did not already own, placing Space under the ownership of Bell Media.
On July 6, 2011, Space launched Space HD, a high definition simulcast of the standard definition feed. It is currently available on several major television service providers including Bell TV, Bell Fibe TV, SaskTel, Shaw Cable, Rogers Cable, Vidéotron, and Telus TV.
On March 4, 2013, Space introduced a new logo and imaging campaign. The new look represents the increasing number of fantasy and "phenomenal" programs that the channel has aired in recent years by dropping the galactic imagery in favor of a new look representing reflecting a focus on tangible, real-life images (as opposed to the galactic imagery of its previous brand)—but with a twist that shows the phenomenal factor of all the programming on the channel.
Annual events 
- The Twelve Days of Space-mas: Twelve days of marathons, either of popular Space programs or of similarly themed science-fiction or fantasy movies. This usually includes the Doctor Who Christmas Special on Christmas Day.
- The Spacey Awards: Space presents its own awards called the Spacey Awards to the best in sci-fi, fantasy and horror films, television series and video games. Some of the awards are voted on by viewers and the others by Space.
- Santa Claus Conquers the Martians: For several years at Christmas, Space aired Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.
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First-run shows 
Re-run shows 
Original programming 
- InnerSPACE (formerly The Circuit) - Space's flagship show, InnerSPACE is a daily entertainment talk show that covers film, television, video games, technology, comic books, gadgets, and all things genre. Hosted by Ajay Fry, Cynthia Loyst and Teddy Wilson.
- Behind the Scenes - A look at the creation and bringing to life of various sci-fi series and specials, features interviews with writers, editors, stars and others
- Fanboy Confessional - An celebration of geek and nerd cultures. Each episode focuses on an individual group such as LARP, Furry, Steampunk, and Real-life superhero.
- HypaSpace - News and information as well as the latest gossip from the entertainment industry, specifically science fiction and fantasy genres
- It Came From The Basement! - A look at people's eclectic collections of sci fi related material
- Shadow Hunter - A series that focuses on the paranormal as seen by a ghost hunter (hosted by Darryll Walsh)
- Shelf Space - A look at and interviews with authors of science fiction, fantasy, comic books, and science fact
- The SpaceBar - Late night movie "host segments" wrapped around a science-fiction movie, vaguely reminiscent of Mystery Science Theater 3000
- Space Interstitials
- SpaceNews - News tidbits relating to space, NASA, CSA and Earth-based satellites
- Space Top 10 Countdown - Space counts down what’s hot and what’s caught our attention in genre film and television, from superheroes, movie villains, aliens and killer cyborgs. Hosted by Space on-air personalities Kim Poirier and Jonathan Llyr.
See also