Love Nature

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Love Nature
Love Nature TV.png
Launched March 12, 2006
Owned by Blue Ant Media
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Formerly called Oasis HD (2006-2014)
Oasis
(2014-2015)
Website Love Nature
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel 810 /1625
Shaw Direct Channel 258/366
Cable
Available on many Canadian cable systems Check local listings
IPTV
Bell Aliant Fibe TV Channel 449
Bell Fibe TV Channel 1661
MTS Channel 1602
Optik TV Channel 713
SaskTel Channel 471
HuronTel Digital TV Channel 373

Love Nature is a Canadian-based English language high definition television channel. Canadian operations are owned by Blue Ant Media. The channel broadcasts documentaries and television series related to wildlife and nature.

History[edit]

As Oasis HD[edit]

Logo used as Oasis HD (2006-2014)

In August 2005, John S. Panikkar (co-founder of the channel's original owner, High Fidelity HDTV), was granted a licence by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch OasisHD, described as "a national English-language Category 2 high definition specialty programming undertaking... featuring urban and wild landscapes by Canadian and international cinematographers."[1]

The channel launched in Canada on March 12, 2006 as Oasis HD,[2] focusing on wildlife and nature programming, similar to its current format.

On December 21, 2011, High Fidelity HDTV announced that it had entered into an agreement to be purchased outright by Blue Ant Media. While initially purchasing 29.9% of the company, the remaining 70.1% would be purchased once it is approved by the CRTC.[3]

Logo as Oasis from 2014-2015.

In the summer of 2014, the channel dropped the "HD" moniker and was re-branded as Oasis with a revised logo and new website.

On January 19, 2015, Oasis re-branded again, this time as Love Nature. The re-branding coincided with an announcement by Blue Ant Media that it planned to produce 200 hours of nature programming per-year in 4K Ultra HD.[4]

International expansion[edit]

On July 14, 2008, then owners High Fidelity HDTV, announced that it had reached an agreement with Cameron Thomson Group to distribute then Oasis HD, throughout Europe.[5] Although the channel did not launch internationally as planned.

On December 14, 2015, Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks jointly announced that it was partnering in a new joint venture called Blue Skye Entertainment, with the new company focusing on developing and distributing 4K Ultra HD wildlife and nature programming globally via SVOD and linear television services under the Love Nature brand and Smithsonian Network’s stand-alone streaming service, Smithsonian Earth.[6] The new company's first product launch came with the launch of the Love Nature SVOD streaming service, which launched in 32 countries at launch, in February 2016.[7]

The channel's first international leaner television distribution agreement was signed with StarHub TV in Singapore in November 2016.[8]

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