Space (TV channel)

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"Space Channel" redirects here. For the video game, see Space Channel 5.
For the unrelated Latin American channel of the same name, see Space (Latin American TV channel).
Space
Space logo 2013.svg
Launched October 17, 1997 (1997-10-17)
Owned by Bell Media
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Slogan It's all around you
Country Canada
Language English
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Sister channel(s) Ztélé
Website www.space.ca
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel 627 (SD)
Channel 1746 (HD)
Shaw Direct Channel 528 (SD)
Channel 275 (HD)
Cable
Available on most Canadian cable systems Consult your local cable provider for channel availability
IPTV
FibreOP Channel 209 (SD)
Channel 425 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV Channel 627 (SD)
Channel 1632 (HD)
MTS Channel 122 (SD)
Optik TV Channel 9392 (SD)
Channel 392 (HD)
SaskTel Channel 72 (SD)
Channel 372 (HD)

Space is a Canadian Category A cable and satellite specialty channel that is owned by Bell Media. It features science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal programming including scripted television series, films, documentaries and other programs. The network's original slogan was The Imagination Station and is still sometimes used informally by fans to this day.

History[edit]

First logo, used (sometimes with slightly different variations) from 1997 to 2005.

The channel was licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in 1996. Originally owned by CHUM Limited, Space debuted on October 17, 1997 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time with the film Forbidden Planet as its inaugural broadcast; this was 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").

CTVglobemedia took over Space on June 22, 2007, as a result of the company's takeover of CHUM Limited. At the same time, the Citytv stations were sold to Rogers Communications 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.

Second logo, used from 2005 to 2013.

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 featuring 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 (emphasized by its new slogan, "It's all around you").[1] Through Bell Media's acquisition of Astral Media, Space is now co-owned with the French-language science fiction channel, Ztélé.

On April 30, 2014, Space announced it would team up with Syfy, its U.S-based counterpart, to produce a new adventure drama series called Killjoys; this marks the first time the two networks have co-operated to produce an original series.[2] Syfy also maintains a relationship with the Shaw Media-owned Showcase. A number of Showcase original series have been picked up by the network, while many of Syfy's series have aired on Showcase.

Space HD[edit]

Space HD logo used from 2011 to 2013.

Space HD is a high definition simulcast feed of Space, which broadcasts in the 1080i resolution format; the feed was launched on July 6, 2011.[3] It is currently available on several major television service providers including Eastlink, Bell TV, Bell Fibe TV, SaskTel, Shaw Cable, Rogers Cable, Vidéotron and Telus TV.

Programming[edit]

Space's programming includes series, miniseries, television movies and movies.

Current programming[edit]

Original programming[edit]

First-run episodes/reruns of programs from Syfy (U.S.)[edit]

Acquired programming[edit]

Former programming[edit]

   

Mini-series[edit]

Annual events[edit]

Current[edit]

  • 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.

Former[edit]

  • 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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Coordinates: 43°38′59″N 79°23′25″W / 43.649701°N 79.390233°W / 43.649701; -79.390233