Twist TV

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Twist TV
Launched September 7, 2001 (2001-09-07)
Owned by Twist TV LLC
(Shaw Media)
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Slogan Life Throws Curves.
Country Canada
Language English
Broadcast area Nationwide
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Formerly called Discovery Health (2001–2010)
Bell TV Channel 604
Shaw Direct Channel 563
Available on many Canadian cable systems Consult your local cable provider for channel availability
FibreOP Channel 295
Bell Fibe TV Channel 604
MTS Channel 274
Optik TV Channel 207
SaskTel Channel 61

Twist TV is a Canadian English language Category A cable and satellite specialty channel that is owned by Shaw Media. It operates as a reality-focused channel aimed primarily at women; Twist TV's programming features what the channel calls "people facing extraordinary situations",[1] as a result, the channel primarily features situational and documentary-style reality programs as opposed to competition-based reality programs.


As Discovery Health[edit]

Logo as Discovery Health used from 2001 to 2007.

In January 2000, Alliance Atlantis brokered a deal with Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation and several Canadian television providers, including both national satellite companies Bell ExpressVu and Star Choice, to distribute News Corporation's cable channel, The Health Network, in Canada.[2] The deal would mark the first time The Health Network would be available in Canada.

The deal struck to sponsor The Health Network's distribution in Canada was a prelude to the fact that Alliance Atlantis and News Corporation would eventually launch a Canadian version of the channel for the domestic market and remove the American channel from the Canadian market. On November 24, 2000, Alliance Atlantis (which would hold 80% majority interest in the channel) and News Corporation (which would hold the remaining 20% interest) were granted a broadcasting licence for The Health Network Canada by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).[3]

Prior to the launch of the network, in September 2001, Discovery Communications (owners of Discovery Health Channel in the U.S.) bought The Health Network from News Corporation for USD$255 million.[4] Through that transaction, Discovery Communications would also acquire News Corporation's 20% interest in The Health Network Canada.

Logo as Discovery Health used from 2007 to 2010.

As a result of Discovery Communications' newly acquired interest in the service, the network was launched that same month on September 7, 2001 as the Discovery Health Channel. On the same day as the Canadian channel's launch, the American service, The Health Network, was removed from all Canadian television providers. In February 2002, The Health Network was removed from the CRTC's list of foreign satellite services eligible for carriage on Canadian pay television providers, by request of The Health Network's owners.[5]

On January 18, 2008, a joint venture between Canwest and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, known as CW Media, bought Alliance Atlantis and through that transaction, acquired Alliance Atlantis' interest in Discovery Health. In 2009, CW Media purchased the remaining interest in the channel from Discovery Communications, bringing its ownership to 100%.[1]

As Twist TV[edit]

Two deals were announced in late 2009 and early 2010 that affected the future of the Canadian channel. First, Discovery Communications announced that the flagship Discovery Health channel in the U.S. would be replaced by the Oprah Winfrey Network in January 2011. OWN later reached an agreement with Corus Entertainment to launch a Canadian version of that channel shortly after the U.S. version's debut.[6] Later in April 2010, Discovery Communications announced an expanded long-term agreement with CTVglobemedia (Discovery's Canadian partner for most of its other channels) under which CTV will hold Canadian broadcast rights to most of the Discovery Communications programming library, including Discovery Health programs, and the right to launch new Discovery-branded channels.[7]

On September 15, 2010, Canwest announced Discovery Health Canada would rebrand as Twist TV on November 1. The rebranded channel would focus on reality shows about "people facing extraordinary situations".[1] On October 27, 2010, the channel's ownership changed again as Shaw Communications gained control of Discovery Health as a result of its acquisition of Canwest and Goldman Sachs' interest in CW Media.[8][9] The channel officially rebranded five days later.[10]

Rebrand as FYI[edit]

Pending logo as FYI to debut in the fall of 2014.

In June 2014, it was reported that Twist TV, along with sister network Mystery TV, will be rebranded as Canadian versions of FYI and the Crime & Investigation Network under a licensing agreement with A+E Networks.[11] A+E Networks and Shaw Media had previously partnered to rebrand History Television, Showcase Diva and The Cave as Canadian versions of History, Lifetime and H2 in 2012.[12] Coincidentally, Rogers Media owns a Canadian version of Bio, FYI's previous incarnation.

The launch of FYI (as well as CI) was intended to draw in more female viewers, the primary audience of Shaw Media's lifestyle networks.[13] In addition to programming from the U.S service, as well as other Shaw Media-owned channels, the new channel will air shows from other sources.[14] The rebrand will take place on September 1st, 2014, with a free preview to last the rest of the month.[15] A month prior, a Canadian version of the FYI website went online.[16] Over time, the website was updated to include information pertaining to the channel.[17]

A YouTube channel went online August 28, 2014; on that day, sneak peeks of FYI programming aired on Shaw Media's other women's lifestyle networks, including future sister Lifetime and Slice.[18]

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