Animal Planet (Canada)

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Animal Planet
Animal Planet logo (black and green).svg
Animal Planet logo
Launched September 7, 2001
Owned by Bell Media (64%)
ESPN (16%)
BBC Worldwide (10%)
Discovery Communications (10%)
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
(2011-present)
480i (SDTV)
(2001-present)
Slogan Surprisingly Human.
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Sister channel(s) Discovery Channel
Discovery Science
Discovery Velocity
Investigation Discovery
Website Animal Planet Canada
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel 525 (SD)
Channel 1612 (HD)
Shaw Direct Channel 553 (SD)
Cable
Available on most Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary
IPTV
Bell Aliant Fibe TV Channel 257 (SD)
Channel 509 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV Channel 525 (SD)
Channel 1525 (HD)
Bell MTS Channel 251 ([SD)
Channel 1251 (HD)
Optik TV Channel 9721 (SD)
Channel 721 (HD)
SaskTel Channel 93 (SD)
Channel 393 (HD)
VMedia Channel 251 (HD)
Zazeen Channel 94 (HD)

Animal Planet is a Canadian English language Category B specialty channel. Animal Planet broadcasts a variety of programming featuring animals.

The channel is owned by Animal Planet Canada Company, which is a consortium consisting of CTV Speciality Television Inc. which owns 80% of the company (CTV Speciality Television Inc. is a division of Bell Media who owns 80% and ESPN owning 20%), and Canadian AP Ventures Company who owns 20% (Canadian AP Ventures Company is owned by BBC Worldwide at 50% and Discovery Communications at 50%). Through this ownership structure, this effectively gives Bell Media 64% ownership and control, with ESPN 16%, BBC Worldwide 10%, and Discovery Communications 10% ownership.

History[edit]

In November 2000, CTV Inc. was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch Animal Planet, a service described as being "broadly based on family entertainment that will combine high-quality Canadian programming and attractive series and documentaries from Animal Planet in the United States."[1]

The channel was launched under its current ownership structure (with the exception of Bell Media, wherein Bell Globemedia, later renamed CTVglobemedia, owned its shares at the time) on September 7, 2001.[2]

On June 30, 2008, Animal Planet unveiled a new on-air appearance, including a new logo and graphics, to align itself with the American service which had updated its appearance earlier that year.[3]

On September 10, 2010, BCE (a minority shareholder in CTVglobemedia) announced that it planned to acquire 100% interest in CTVglobemedia for a total debt and equity transaction cost of $3.2 billion CAD.[4] The deal which required CRTC approval, was approved on March 7, 2011[5] and closed on April 1 of that year, on which CTVglobemedia was rebranded Bell Media.[6]

Animal Planet HD[edit]

On June 17, 2011, Bell Media announced that it would launch Animal Planet HD, a high definition (HD) simulcast of the standard definition feed, by the end of 2011.[7] The channel launched on December 15, 2011 initially on Bell Fibe TV and Shaw Cable and launched at a later date on Telus TV.[8]

Logos[edit]

Animal Planet logo (1996-2008).png Animal Planet logo.svg
2001–2008 2008–2011

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