Slice (TV channel)
|Launched||January 1, 1995|
|Owned by||Alliance Atlantis (1995–2008)|
(Life Network Inc.)
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Formerly called||Life Network (1995–2007)|
|Sister channel(s)||W Network|
|Bell TV||Channel 601 (SD)|
Channel 1704 (HD)
|Shaw Direct||80 / 580 (HD)|
|Available on most Canadian cable systems||Check local listings, channels may vary|
|Bell Aliant Fibe TV||Channel 272 (SD)|
Channel 448 (HD)
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 601 (SD)|
Channel 1601 (HD)
|Bell MTS||Channel 131 (SD)|
Channel 1131 (HD)
|Optik TV||Channel 331 (HD)|
Channel 9331 (SD)
|SaskTel||Channel 101 (SD)|
Channel 401 (HD)
|VMedia||Channel 41 (SD)|
|Zazeen TV||Channel 120 (HD)|
|STACKTV||Internet Protocol television|
- "Life Network" redirects here. For the earlier, now-defunct Canadian television network of similar name, see The Life Channel.
Slice is a Canadian English language discretionary service channel that is owned by Corus Entertainment. The channel primarily broadcasts reality shows targeting young adult women, typically dealing in subjects such as fashion and lifestyles.
This channel was launched on January 1, 1995 as Life Network under the ownership of Atlantis Communications. Atlantis was acquried by Alliance Communications in 1998 and Life Network was relaunched as Slice in March 5, 2007. In 2008, Canwest and Goldman Sachs acquried Alliance Atlantis, and the channel's ownership was later sold at first to Shaw Media in 2010 and ultimately, Corus Entertainment in 2016.
In June 1994, Your Channel Television Inc., a company majority owned by Atlantis Television Ventures Inc. (Atlantis Communications), was granted a television broadcasting licence by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for a channel called YOU: Your Channel, described at the time as broadcasting "programming consisting of documentaries and information programming." The channel was grouped into five themes, ""Habitat" stressing programming for the home and environment; "Bodyworks" covering fitness, health and nutrition; "Food Plus" including programs related to cooking and food; "Explorations" dealing with travel, adventure and nature; and "Relationships" focusing on parenting, child care, careers and personal relationships."
The channel was launched on January 1, 1995, as Life Network. The channel broadcast programs in themes focusing on such areas as food, gardening, and home design.
In June 1998, 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, to form a new company called Alliance Atlantis Communications. The CRTC approved the merger in May 1999.
Programming on the channel shifted to programming about issues relating to everyday life, mostly in the form of non-competitive reality television, talk shows, as other Alliance Atlantis-owned channels such as HGTV and Food Network launched in 1997 and 2000, respectively.
Plans to relaunch the channel as Slice were announced in November 2, 2006 by Alliance Atlantis Communications. The new name and programming reflects Life's shift towards a more entertainment based schedule with what Alliance Atlantis called "addictive" programming. The name was revealed in a 2006 Life Network online survey on future programming strategies. The channel was relaunched on March 5, 2007, although the on-air branding appeared intermittently during a "sneak preview" on March 3 and 4.
On January 18, 2008, a joint venture between Canwest and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners known as CW Media, acquired control of Slice through its purchase of Alliance Atlantis' broadcasting assets, which were placed in a trust in August 2007. On October 27, 2010, ownership changed again as Shaw Communications gained control of Slice as a result of its acquisition of Canwest and Goldman Sachs' interest in CW Media.
On May 29, 2013, a high definition simulcast of Slice was launched.
Slice is known to air numerous series from the U.S. cable network, Bravo, in addition to producing several original programs of its own.
- 72 Hours
- Big Brother: After Dark
- Big Brother Canada
- Big Brother Canada Side Show
- Casino Confidential
- Dogs with Jobs
- Ex-Wives of Rock
- Four Weddings Canada
- Kendra on Top
- King of the Nerds
- Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
- Mob Wives
- My Teenage Wedding
- Princess (TV series)
- See no Evil
- Til Debt Do Us Part
- The Hero
- The Real Housewives of Atlanta
- The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
- The Real Housewives of Dallas
- The Real Housewives of New York City
- The Real Housewives of New Jersey
- The Real Housewives of Orange County
- The Real Housewives of Potomac
- The Real Housewives of Vancouver
- The Real Housewives of Toronto
- Wedding SOS
- Decision CRTC 94-279 CRTC 1994-06-06
- Tier Two Turns Ten Mediacaster Magazine 2005-03-01
- Merger creates film, TV giant Toronto Star 1998-07-22
- Decision CRTC 99-106 1999-05-20
- Alliance Atlantis To Launch SLICE Broadcaster Magazine 2006-11-02
- Canwest Global receives final CRTC approval for acquisition of Alliance Atlantis CNW press release 2008-01-18
- Goldman's happy ending at CanWest The Globe and Mail 2010-05-03
- CanWest Completes Acquisition of Alliance Atlantis Investor Point 2007-08-15
- Shaw Communications closes purchase of Canwest TV assets, rebrands as Shaw Media[permanent dead link]
- CRTC approves Shaw's purchase of the Canwest Global television properties Archived 2013-12-20 at the Wayback Machine