Historia (TV channel)
|Launched||January 31, 2000|
(branding licensed from A+E Networks)
Channel 133 (SD)|
Channel 1862 (HD)
Channel 756 (SD)|
Channel 398 / 232 (HD)
|Available on many Canadian cable systems||Check local listings|
Channel 863 (SD)|
Channel 963 (HD)
|Bell Fibe TV||
Channel 124 (SD)|
Channel 1124 (HD)
|MTS||Channel 431 (SD)|
Channel 8017 (SD)|
Channel 2017 (HD)
|SaskTel||Channel 257 (SD)|
Channel 43 (SD)|
Channel 543 (HD)
|VMedia||Channel 116 (SD) (QC)|
|Zazeen||Channel 209 (HD)|
Historia is a Canadian French language Category A specialty channel owned by Corus Entertainment. The network broadcasts programming related to history and historical fiction, and a sister network to the similar English-language network History.
Licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) as Canal Histoire to Alliance Atlantis and Premier Choix Networks (Astral), the channel was launched on January 31, 2000 as Historia.
On January 18, 2008, a joint venture between Canwest and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners known as CW media bought Alliance Atlantis and gained its interest in Historia. The new company also acquired Historia's English language equivalent, History Television (now History).
On October 27, 2010, Shaw Communications completed its acquisition of Canwest and Goldman Sachs' interest in CW Media, giving it control of CW Media's 50% interest in Historia.
On March 4, 2013, Corus Entertainment announced that it would acquire Astral Media's stakes in Séries+ and Historia, as well as several other properties, under separate transactions with the two companies. The purchase was tied to Bell Media's pending takeover of Astral Media; an earlier proposal had been rejected by the CRTC in October 2012 due to concerns surrounding its total market share following the merger, but was restructured under the condition that the companies divest certain media properties. In a separate deal, Corus also acquired Shaw's interests in Séries+ and Historia, giving it full ownership. The deals were approved by the CRTC on December 20, 2013 and Corus become the full owner of the channel on January 1, 2014.
On October 21, 2014, Corus reached an agreement with A&E Networks to acquire French-language rights to programming from History, the U.S. counterpart of Historia's former English-language sister network. On March 9, 2015, the network was re-launched under History's logo and branding, although the network still carries the Historia name. Historia was re-united with its English-language counterpart in April 2016 following the reorganization of Shaw Media into Corus.
- Decision CRTC 99-111
- Shaw Communications closes purchase of Canwest TV assets, rebrands as Shaw Media
- CRTC approves Shaw’s purchase of the Canwest Global television properties
- "Bell moves closer to Astral with sale of TV assets". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
- Corus Entertainment (2013-03-04). "Corus Entertainment Expands Interests in French-language Specialty Television Market through Major Deals with Bell and Shaw Media". Retrieved 2013-03-31.
- "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-738". CRTC. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
- "Press Release - Corus Entertainment Completes Purchase of Historia, Séries+ and TELETOON Canada Inc". Corus Entertainment. 2014-01-01. Retrieved 2014-01-08.
- "Historia: new logo, new look, new shows!". Corus Entertainment. 2015-03-09. Retrieved 2014-03-09.
- Official website (French)