In November 2000, MLSE (Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment), was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a television channel called Maple Leaf Channel, described as "a regional English-language Category 2 specialty television service devoted to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Programming will include historical events, profiles of players, panel and call-in shows, classic Maple Leaf hockey games, interviews with Maple Leaf players, coaches and management, statistics, insights and analysis of the current hockey scene from a Maple Leaf perspective, and information as to the purchase of merchandise, tickets and collectibles. There will also be a small amount of programming related to general hockey matters, including minor hockey league hockey and hockey instruction." It broadcast the 2014 Calder Cup Finals Texas Stars (Dallas Stars AHL team) vs St. John's Ice Caps (Winnipeg Jets AHL team) which the simulcast aired in the U.S. on the NHL Network. The channel was launched on September 7, 2001 as Leafs TV.
Programming on Leafs TV includes re-airings of recent and past games (both in entirety, and edited), pre- and post-game shows, biographies of players and other personalities and other related programming.
#TMLtalk Gameday Skate – A 2 hour live show during the Leafs morning skate. Includes analysis, live Coach and Player interviews, coverage of the Visitor's morning skate and an update on Leaf prospects.
Molson Leafs Nation Pre-Game – Gate 5 Live from Gate 5 Studio at the Air Canada Centre during home games, the Leafs TV pre-game show provides analysis, interviews and in-depth discussion.
Leafs Nation Post Game – Airing after every Leaf game, Gate 5 Live from Gate 5 Studio at the Air Canada Centre after home games, the Leafs TV post-game show provides in-depth discussions, expert analysis, interviews, high-lights and exclusive full post-game media conference.
Marlies Hockey – Regular season games and playoff games.
Game in an Hour – A one-hour capsule of a Toronto Maple Leafs game.
Marlies Game in an Hour – A one-hour capsule of a Toronto Marlies game.
Leafs Today – A daily Toronto Maple Leafs-themed talk show involving players, coaches and members of the media.
Molson Canadian Classics – Games from Maple Leafs' history are viewed and analyzed by a guest who has first hand knowledge of the team at that time.
Marlies This Week – A look back on the Marlies’ from the week with highlights, interviews and statistics.
Behind the Draft – Every year Leafs TV takes you behind the scenes of the NHL Entry draft by following the General Manager, Scouts and the players drafted by the team.
Prior to the 2014-15 season, the Leafs retained a small number of regional telecasts for broadcast on Leafs TV, typically around 12 games per season. As of the 2014–15 NHL season, Leafs TV no longer air any Leafs games live; all regional games not part of Rogers' national package now air regionally on either Sportsnet Ontario or TSN4.
In November 2006 Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. launched an HD simulcast of Leafs TV. Originally, the channel was only available during live Maple Leafs' games that broadcast in HD; however, in June 2011, the channel began broadcasting on a full-time basis. Despite being a full-time feed, Leafs TV's pregames, post-games and live Leafs are only carried on satellite providers such as Bell TV and Shaw Direct.