HIFI (TV channel)


HIFI logo
Launched March 12, 2006
Owned by Blue Ant Media
Slogan Music + Art
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Formerly called Treasure HD (2006 - 2011)
Website HIFI
Bell TV Channel 1623
Shaw Direct Channel 132 / 632
Available on many Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary
Bell Aliant Channel 450
Bell Fibe TV Channel 1660
MTS Channel 1603
Optik TV Channel 551
SaskTel Channel 472

HIFI is a Canadian English language Category B specialty channel. The channel is owned by Blue Ant Media and broadcasts completely in high definition. HIFI broadcasts musical and art-based programming in the form of films, concerts, documentaries, and more.


In August 2005, John S. Panikkar (co-founder of High Fidelity HDTV), was granted a licence by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch Artefact HD, a digital HD specialty channel devoted to "collectors and their collections, and will showcase creations, celebrate beauty, intricacy, aesthetics and the merits of an object for its own sake."[1]

The channel launched on March 12, 2006[2] as Treasure HD; much of its programming and its name licensed from Rainbow Media, original owners of the now defunct Voom HD Networks. Like its American counterpart, the channel originally focused on factual art-based programming. When the American version ceased broadcasting in 2009, the Canadian channel broadened its programming to include live musical performance series and films.

The channel was rebranded as HIFI in August 2011.[3] Later that year on December 21, 2011, HIFI's parent company, High Fidelity HDTV, announced that it had entered into an agreement to be purchased outright by Blue Ant Media, majority owners of Glassbox Television and minority owners of Quarto Communications. While initially purchasing 29.9% of the company, the remaining 70.1% was purchased after CRTC approval.[4][5][6]


2006-2008 2008-2011 2011–present


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