GameTV

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GameTV
Game TV 2012.svg
GameTV logo
Launched November 2005
Owned by Anthem Sports & Entertainment
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
(2017-present)
480i (SDTV)
(2005-present)
Slogan Playful When You Are
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Formerly called Casino & Gaming Television (2005-2007)
Website GameTV
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel 274 (SD)
Shaw Direct Channel 405 (SD)
Cable
Available on many Canadian cable systems Check local listings
IPTV
Bell Fibe TV Channel 624 (SD)
Channel 1624 (HD)
Bell MTS Channel 33 (SD)
SaskTel Channel 45 (SD)
Telus Optik TV Channel 372 (HD)
Channel 9372 (SD)
Vmedia Channel 73 (SD)

GameTV is a Canadian English language Category B television channel that broadcasts primarily game and competition-based programming such as game shows, reality television, and sports-related programming.

GameTV's licensee is the GameTV Corporation which is owned by Anthem Sports & Entertainment.

History[edit]

Official logo as CGTV (2005-2007)

In September 2001, Stuart Media Group was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch The Gaming Channel, described as "a national, English-language Category 2 specialty television service, providing live-event interactive programming about gaming or involving gaming. The service will offer programming including shorts and Canadian original programs about gaming that will be knowledge-based and entertaining, with a focus on providing unique insights into daily events of the gaming world and its participants. The service will also allow viewers to play along with Bingo Games, and will provide experimental, interactive and informational programming on gaming odds, lotteries, and the gaming experience in general."[1]

In December 2004, Stuart Media Group announced that it had reached an agreement with Casino and Gaming Television, Inc., owners of the Casino and Gaming Television (CGTV) brand, which would see Stuart Media Group launch The Gaming Channel as a Canadian version of the yet-to-be-launched American television channel of the same name. The agreement would see the Canadian channel launch in May 2005 on Bell ExpressVu and act as, what the companies called, a "test bed" for the American channel which would also launch later in 2005.[2]

The channel would later launch in November 2005 as Casino and Gaming Television (CGTV) Canada on Rogers Cable instead of initially on Bell ExpressVu.[3] Programming on the channel primarily focused on poker, including live and pre-taped tournaments; however, programming on other casino games and casino-related programming did occur.[4]

Upon the launch of the channel in 2005, CGTV Canada was owned by Stuart Media Group, who in turn was owned by a variety of investors, although was ultimately majority owned by what is now called Kilmer Group.[5] The channel was however operated by Insight Sports,[3] of which Kilmer Group was an investor in as well. The channel would go through several corporate reorganizations throughout its history; however, always majority owned by Kilmer Group until it would sell its interest in the channel in 2016.

GameTV logo (2007-2012)

On October 26, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. EST, CGTV was renamed GameTV to broaden its appeal to a larger audience by focusing on game-related programming including game shows, reality programming, poker and non-sports gaming, and feature films.[6]

In October 2012, GameTV debuted a new logo and on-air graphics, and tweaked its format by removing all casino-related gaming programming from its lineup, focusing specifically on game shows, competition-style reality series, and feature films, which would air nightly.[7]

On August 2, 2016, Anthem Sports & Entertainment announced that it would acquire 100% of GameTV pending CRTC approval.[8] The CRTC approved the purchase in November 2016.[9]

With the acquisition of GameTV by Anthem Sports & Entertainment, the channel began airing sports and sports entertainment programming, including live/tape-delayed matches and compilations, including wrestling from Impact Wrestling, mixed martial arts from UFC, and rugby featuring all 2017 season matches from the Toronto Wolfpack.[10]

Programming[edit]

A list of notable shows that air on GameTV, as of June 2017:

GameTV HD[edit]

In March 2017, Anthem Media launched GameTV HD, a 1080i high definition simulcast of the standard definition feed. The HD feed is currently available on Bell Fibe TV, Eastlink, and Cogeco.[11][12][13]

See also[edit]

  • Game Show Network, a U.S. equivalent also carried by most Canadian television providers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Decision CRTC 2001-549 CRTC 2001-09-04
  2. ^ CGTV under Boardwalk Variety 12-15-04
  3. ^ a b Rogers bets on CGTV, the first of a few new channels from a connected, varied, group of investors Cartt.ca 11-11-05
  4. ^ Sample Programming Schedule from January 2006
  5. ^ CRTC ownership chart for Stuart Media CRTC 08-23-06
  6. ^ Insight rebrands Casino channel Playback Magazine 2007-10-24
  7. ^ GameTV re-launches, adds new executive team Cartt.ca 2012-10-11
  8. ^ "Anthem Sports and Entertainment Acquires GameTV". press release. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  9. ^ CRTC Application Number 2016-0763-1; Approval Date 2016-11-25
  10. ^ [https://www.torontowolfpack.com/2017/03/01/wolfpack-secure-canadian-broadcast-partner/ Wolfpack Secure Canadian Broadcast Partner[ Toronto Wolfpack press release; retrieved 03-10-17
  11. ^ GameTV goes HD on Eastlink Cartt.ca 03-09-17
  12. ^ GameTV launches in HD on Bell Fibe TV Cartt.ca 03-24-17
  13. ^ https://twitter.com/GameTVCanada/status/870328924378681344

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