Food Network (Canada)

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Food Network
Food Network Canada Old Logo.svg
Launched9 October 2000; 18 years ago (9 October 2000)
Owned byCorus Entertainment (80.15%, managing partner)
Television Food Network G.P. (19.85%; Discovery Inc./Tribune Media
(pending sale of Tribune stake to Nexstar Media Group[1][2]))
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
CountryCanada
Broadcast areaCanada
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Sister channel(s)Cooking Channel
DIY Network
DTour
HGTV
Websitefoodnetwork.ca
Availability
Satellite
Bell TVChannel 603 (SD)
Channel 1706 (HD)
Shaw DirectChannel 561 (SD)
Channel 129 (HD)
Cable
Available on most cable systemsChannel slots vary on each provider
IPTV
Bell Aliant Fibe TVChannel 270 (SD)
Channel 419 (HD)
Bell Fibe TVChannel 603 (SD)
Channel 1603 (HD)
Bell MTSChannel 135 (SD)
Channel 1135 (HD)
Optik TVChannel 9313 (SD West)
Channel 313 (HD East)
SaskTelChannel 103 (SD)
Channel 403 (HD)
VMediaChannel 56 (HD)
ZazeenChannel 115 (HD)
Execulink TelecomChannel 145 (HD)

Food Network, formerly called Food Network Canada, is a Canadian discretionary service television channel based on the U.S. subscription network of the same name. It airs programming related to food, cooking, cuisine, and the food industry. The Canadian version of Food Network is a joint venture between Corus Entertainment and the American network's parent company Television Food Network, G.P. (which is majority-owned by Discovery Inc.).

History[edit]

The American Food Network was available in Canada since 1997 and became one of the more popular foreign cable channels available in Canada. This prompted the creation of a Canadian version which would then be able to access ad revenue through commercials under Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) regulations. Corus Entertainment and Alliance Atlantis launched the channel on October 9, 2000.

Food Network's logo used until 2019

The licence for Food Network Canada was approved by the CRTC in early 2000. The channel was launched in October of that year; on the day of the launch, the American service was removed from the list of foreign channels eligible to be broadcast in Canada.

On January 18, 2008, a joint venture between Canwest and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners known as CW Media bought Alliance Atlantis and gained AAC's interest in Food Network.

On October 27, 2010, ownership changed again as Shaw Communications gained control of Food Network as a result of its acquisition of Canwest and Goldman Sachs' interest in CW Media.[3][4] On March 4, 2013, Corus Entertainment (also controlled by the Shaw family) announced the sale of its 22.58% ownership interest in Food Network to Shaw Media, in exchange for Shaw's 49% stake in ABC Spark.[5] The sale closed in April 2013.[6]

On April 1, 2016, Shaw Media was subsumed into Corus as part of a corporate reorganization, which made it the majority owner once more.[7][8]

On April 1, 2019, after Action was relaunched as Adult Swim, Food Network's original logo returned.

Food Network HD[edit]

Food Network HD logo used before 2014

On October 5, 2011, Shaw Media launched Food Network HD, a 1080i high definition simulcast of the standard definition feed.[9] It is available through all major TV providers.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nexstar Media Group Enters into Definitive Agreement to Acquire Tribune Media Company for $6.4 Billion in Accretive Transaction Creating the Nation's Largest Local Television Broadcaster and Local Media Company". Nexstar Media Group. December 3, 2018. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  2. ^ "Nexstar Media Group Enters Into Definitive Agreement To Acquire Tribune Media Company". Tribune Media. December 3, 2018. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  3. ^ "Shaw Communications closes purchase of Canwest TV assets, rebrands as Shaw Media". Therecord.com. Retrieved 2013-12-22.
  4. ^ "CRTC approves Shaw's purchase of the Canwest Global television properties". Crtc.gc.ca. 2010-10-22. Archived from the original on 2013-12-20. Retrieved 2013-12-22.
  5. ^ BCE to sell assets to Corus as part of Astral deal, The Globe and Mail (via Reuters and The Canadian Press), March 4, 2013.
  6. ^ "Press Release - Corus Entertainment Receives CRTC Approval on TELETOON Canada Inc., Historia and Séries+ Acquisitions". Corusent.com. Retrieved 2013-12-22.
  7. ^ "Corus Entertainment acquires Shaw Media for $2.65-billion". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Corus Entertainment Completes Acquisition of Shaw Media". Retrieved April 2, 2016.
  9. ^ Food Network Canada looking better than ever Shaw Media press release 2011-10-05

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