Investigation Discovery (Canada)


Investigation Discovery (Canada)
Investigation Discovery
ID TV Canada.png
Investigation Discovery logo
Launched September 7, 2001
Owned by Bell Media
Picture format HDTV
(Launching Soon)
480i (SDTV)
(2001-present)
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Formerly called Court TV Canada (2001-2010)
Sister channel(s) Animal Planet
Discovery Channel
Discovery Science
Discovery World HD
Website Investigation Discovery
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel 528
Cable
Available on many Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary
IPTV
Bell Aliant TV Channel 296
Bell Fibe TV Channel 528
MTS Channel 285
Optik TV Channel 176
SaskTel Channel 166

Investigation Discovery (also abbreviated as ID.) is a Canadian English language Category B specialty channel. Investigation Discovery primarily features programming related to crime and justice.

Investigation Discovery is owned by Bell Media with the name being licensed by American channel owner, Discovery Communications Inc. Investigation Discovery is currently the only DCI brand in Canada that does not hold any minority interest in the channel.

Contents

Programming

Investigation Discovery airs a variety of dramas, documentaries, talk shows, and more focusing on police and security, forensic investigations, crime and justice, among others.

Noted programs

  • Note: series list is current as of November 2011.

History

Original logo for CourtTV Canada (2001-2005)
Court TV Canada logo from 2005-2010.

In November 2000, Learning and Skills Television of Alberta, a company majority owned by CHUM Limited (60%), was granted permission from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a television channel The Law & Order Channel, described as "a national English-language Category 2 specialty television service that will feature entertainment programming about police, law, the courts, emergency and medical response teams, disaster and relief operations featuring people and organizations that uphold law and order in our society."[1]

The channel launched on September 7, 2001 as Court TV Canada.[2] The channel replaced the American service, Court TV, which was available by many television service providers in Canada.

On February 15, 2005, CHUM completed the purchase of the remaining interest in LSTA, bringing its ownership to 100 percent.[2] A year later, in July 2006, Bell Globemedia (later renamed CTVglobemedia) announced that it would purchase CHUM for an estimated $1.7 billion CAD, included in the sale was LSTA and its interest in CourtTV Canada.[3] The sale was subject to CRTC approval and was approved in June 2007,[4] with the transaction completed on June 22, 2007. In 2008, LSTA (then known as Access Media Group) was wound up into CTV Limited (the renamed CHUM Limited).[5]

Despite the American service being re-launched as truTV in 2008 with a greater emphasis on reality and "caught on camera" programs, the Canadian channel remained using the CourtTV brand until August 30, 2010, when the channel was rebranded Investigation Discovery under a licensing agreement with Discovery Communications.[6]

On September 10, 2010, BCE (a minority shareholder in CTVglobemedia) announced that it planned to acquire 100% interest in CTVglobemedia for a total debt and equity transaction cost of $3.2 billion CAD.[7] The deal which required CRTC approval, was approved on March 7, 2011[8] and closed on April 1 of that year, on which CTVglobemedia was rebranded Bell Media.[9]

Investigation Discovery HD

On June 17, 2011 Bell Media announced plans to launch Investigation Discovery HD, a high definition (HD) simulcast of the standard definition feed, by the end of 2011.[10]

References

External links


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