History (Canadian TV network)

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History Logo.svg
Broadcast areaNationwide
SloganSo this is history now
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
Timeshift serviceHistory East
History West
OwnerCorus Entertainment
(History Television Inc.)
Sister channelsHistoria
LaunchedOctober 17, 1997 (1997-10-17)
Former namesHistory Television (1997–2012)
Available on most cable systemsChannel slots vary on each provider
Bell Satellite TVChannel 522 (East) (SD)
Channel 1605 (HD)
Shaw DirectChannel 506 / 144 (East SD)
Channel 516 / 145 (West SD)
Channel 125 / 625 (HD)
Bell Aliant Fibe TVChannel 287 (East SD)
Channel 429 (HD)
Bell Fibe TVChannel 522 (East SD)
Channel 1522 (HD)
Bell MTSChannel 105 (East SD)
Channel 1105 (HD)
Optik TVChannel 9704 (West SD)
Channel 705 (East HD)
Channel 704 (West HD)
SaskTelChannel 55 (East SD)
Channel 355 (HD)
VMediaChannel 43 (East HD)
TotalTVChannel 97 (East HD)
ExeculinkChannel 230 (East SD)
Streaming media
StackTVInternet Protocol television

History is a Canadian English language specialty channel that primarily broadcast programming related to history and historical fiction. It is owned by Corus Entertainment, with the History branding used under a licensing agreement with A+E Networks. The channel operates two time-shifted feeds: East (Eastern Time) and West (Pacific Time). The West Coast feed was launched on September 1, 2006.

The channel has a French language equivalent, Historia, which is also owned by Corus Entertainment.


Licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on September 4, 1996 as The History and Entertainment Network, the channel was launched as History Television on October 17, 1997.

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 History Television. On October 8, 2009, Canwest launched a high definition simulcast of History Television.[1] Unlike the standard definition feed that has both an East and West coast feed, History Television HD has only one national feed operating from the Eastern Time Zone. It is available through all major TV providers in Canada.

On October 27, 2010, ownership changed again as Shaw Communications gained control of History Television as a result of its acquisition of Canwest and Goldman Sachs' interest in CW Media.[2][3] On May 30, 2012, Shaw Media announced that History Television would be rebranded as a Canadian version of American cable channel History on August 12, 2012, through a wider licensing agreement with A+E Networks. Fellow Shaw network, The Cave, was also rebranded as a Canadian version of spin-off network H2.[4][5]


The channel's programming includes documentaries, reality shows, films, and human interest series. In addition to shows acquired from its American counterpart, History also produces and commissions several original programs of its own, including Restoration Garage, Yukon Gold, and Vikings.

Under the History Television branding, the network also aired a special called Fact & Film which shows a program on a topic and then a movie on the same subject.


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