HGTV (Canada)

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HGTV
HGTV Canada 2012 logo.svg
LaunchedOctober 17, 1997 (1997-10-17)
Owned byCorus Entertainment (80.24%, managing partner)
(HGTV Canada, Inc.)
Discovery Inc. (19.76%)
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
SloganReal Estate. Real Drama.
CountryCanada
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Sister channel(s)DIY Network Food Network, W
WebsiteHGTV Canada
Availability
Satellite
Bell TVChannel 600 (SD)
Channel 1600 (HD)
Shaw DirectChannel 564 (SD)
Channel 127 (HD)
Cable
Available on most Canadian cable systemsConsult your local cable provider for channel availability
IPTV
Bell Aliant Fibe TVChannel 271 (SD) Channel 427 (HD)
Bell Fibe TVChannel 600 (SD)
Channel 1600 (HD)
Bell MTSChannel 134 (SD)
Channel 1134 (HD)
Optik TVChannel 9306 (SD)
Channel 306 (HD)
SaskTelChannel 102 (SD)
Channel 402 (HD)
VMediaChannel 46 (HD)
ZazeenChannel 112 (HD)

HGTV is a Canadian English-language Category A cable and satellite specialty channel that is owned as a joint venture between Corus Entertainment (which serves as managing partner and owns 80.24% majority control through licensee HGTV Canada, Inc.) and Discovery Inc. (which owns the remaining 19.76%).[1] HGTV broadcasts programs relating to real estate, home and garden design, and renovations.

The network's programming draws primarily from the U.S. version of the channel, but it also carries original, Canadian-produced series that have, in turn, also been picked up for broadcast by the U.S. network.

History[edit]

In September 1996, Your Channel Television Inc., a company majority owned by Atlantis Communications with minority partner E. W. Scripps Company, was granted a television broadcasting licence by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for a channel called HGTV-TV Canada, described at the time as broadcasting "programming that presents practical, hands-on advice and instruction about homes and gardens. The programming will revolve around five key themes: building and remodelling, decorating and interior design, gardening and landscaping, crafts and hobbies and special interests."[2]

HGTV Canada logo used from 1997 to 2012.

The channel was launched as HGTV on October 17, 1997.[3] In June 1998,[4] Atlantis Communications announced that it planned to merge with Alliance Communications, another fellow television and film producer and broadcaster, owners of History Television and Showcase at the time,[5] to form a new company called Alliance Atlantis Communications. The CRTC approved the merger in May 1999.[5]

On January 18, 2008,[6] a joint venture between Canwest and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners known as CW Media[7] acquired control of HGTV through its purchase of Alliance Atlantis' broadcasting assets, which were placed in a trust in August 2007.[8]

On October 27, 2010, the channel's ownership changed again as Shaw Communications gained control of HGTV as a result of its acquisition of Canwest and Goldman Sachs' interest in CW Media.[9][10] On July 23, 2012, HGTV introduced a new logo similar to the one used by its American counterpart since 2010.

HGTV HD[edit]

HGTV HD logo used from 2011 to 2012.

HGTV HD is a high definition feed simulcast feed of HGTV, which broadcasts in the 1080i resolution format; the feed launched on January 31, 2011.[11]

Programming[edit]

Noted personalities who have been featured in HGTV Canada programming have included Drew and Jonathan Scott, Bryan Baeumler, and Damon Bennett & Mike Holmes, among others.

Some of its original, Canadian-produced series, have also been acquired by the U.S. version of the network; in particular, Love It or List It and Property Brothers have been among the U.S. version's top programs.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Corus Specialty Services" (PDF). Corus. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  2. ^ Decision CRTC 96-607 CRTC 1996-09-04
  3. ^ Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. Reports Increased Revenues And Gross Profit for Third Quarter Ended December 31, 1998 Alliance Atlantis Communications press release 1998-02-24
  4. ^ Merger creates film, TV giant Toronto Star 1998-07-22
  5. ^ a b Decision CRTC 99-106 1999-05-20
  6. ^ Canwest Global receives final CRTC approval for acquisition of Alliance Atlantis CNW press release 2008-01-18
  7. ^ Goldman's happy ending at CanWest The Globe and Mail 2010-05-03
  8. ^ CanWest Completes Acquisition of Alliance Atlantis Investor Point 2007-08-15
  9. ^ Shaw Communications closes purchase of Canwest TV assets, rebrands as Shaw Media[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ CRTC approves Shaw’s purchase of the Canwest Global television properties Archived 2013-12-20 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ HGTV Launches in High Definition + February Marathons Archived 2012-03-21 at the Wayback Machine., Channel Canada, 2011-02-02
  12. ^ "HGTV Will Never Upset You: How the Network Beat CNN in 2016". Bloomberg. Retrieved 28 December 2016.

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