World Fishing Network (Canada)

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World Fishing Network
World Fishing Network.png
World Fishing Network logo
Launched December 2, 2005
Owned by Keywest Marketing (80.1%)
Altitude Sports and Entertainment (19.9%)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Slogan We Share Your Passion
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Website World Fishing Network
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel 419 (SD)
Shaw Direct Channel 127 / 458 (SD)
Cable
Available on several Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary
IPTV
Bell Fibe TV Channel 419 (SD)
Channel 1419 (HD)
MTS Channel 183 (SD)
Channel 1183 (HD)
Optik TV Channel 9361 (SD)
Channel 361 (HD)
SaskTel Channel 161 (SD)
Channel 461 (HD)
VMedia Channel 426 (SD)

World Fishing Network is a Canadian English language Category B specialty channel owned by Keywest Marketing Ltd. and Altitude Sports and Entertainment. World Fishing Network broadcasts fishing-related programming, including recreational and sport fishing and lifestyle programming.

History[edit]

Original logo from 2005-2008

In April 2005, Insight Sports, through its subsidiary Global Fishing Network Ltd., was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a channel called Global Fishing network, described as "a national English-language Category 2 specialty programming undertaking devoted to fishing and fishing enthusiasts."[1]

The channel was launched on December 2, 2005[2] as World Fishing Network in standard definition on Rogers Cable.

On January 19, 2017, the CRTC approved the sale of Insight Sports' interest in the channel to Keywest Marketing Ltd., a company with assets in both publishing and television productions relating to hunting and fishing, among others.[3]

International and HD[edit]

WFN logo 2008-2014

WFN reached its first international distribution agreement in November 2007 with Verizon FiOS in the United States.[4] A few months later, in May 2008, WFN launched a high definition (HD) channel on the American satellite television service Dish Network,[5] called "World Fishing Network HD", a channel with a separate schedule from its standard definition counterpart. The HD channel was added to Verizon FiOS that year.[6] Since WFN's launch on Verizon and Dish Network, it has been added to several other U.S. television providers such as Charter Communications,[7] and television providers in the Caribbean, including Flow Cable in Jamaica.[8]

An HD feed, simulcasting the Canadian standard-definition feed, was launched on September 2, 2010.[9] Rogers Cable was the first to carry the HD feed at launch.[10]

On January 10, 2011, WFN announced that it had sold a 50% stake in its U.S. operations to Altitude Sports and Entertainment (ASE).[11] Also, in 2011, Altitude Sports and Entertainment purchased a 19.9% interest in the Canadian channel through its division Altitude WFN ULC.[12] In July 2015, Insight Sports sold its remaining interest in the US channel to Kroenke Sports Enterprises, parent of ASE,[13] leaving its remaining operations in the brand solely in Canada.

Although officially named World Fishing Network since its launch, the channel had often been referred to solely as WFN or WFN: World Fishing Network; however, with the rebranding of the channel in January 2014, the channel dropped the WFN moniker and officially began referring itself to solely as World Fishing Network.[14]

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