History (Canada)

This article is about the Canadian cable network. For other services with similar names, see History (disambiguation) § Media. For the history of Canada, see History of Canada.

History logo (June 1, 2015-present)
Launched October 17, 1997
Owned by Corus Entertainment
(History Television Inc.)
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Slogan So This Is History Now
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Formerly called History Television (1997–2012)
Sister channel(s) Historia
Timeshift service History East
History West
Website History Canada
Bell TV Channel 522 (East) (SD)
Channel 1605 (HD)
Shaw Direct Channel 506 / 144 (East) (SD)
Channel 516 / 145 (West) (SD)
Channel 125 / 625 (HD)
Available on most Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary
Bell Aliant Channel 287 (East) (SD)
Channel 429 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV Channel 522 (East) (SD)
Channel 1522 (HD)
MTS Channel 105 (East) (SD)
Channel 1105 (HD)
Optik TV Channel 9704 (West) (SD)
Channel 705 (East)(HD)
Channel 704 (West)(HD)
SaskTel Channel 55 (East) (SD)
Channel 355 (HD)
VMedia Channel 43 (East) (HD)
Zazeen Channel 97 (East) (HD)

History is a Canadian English language Category A specialty channel that presents programming related to history and historical fiction. It is owned by Corus Entertainment, with the History branding used under a licensing agreement with A+E Networks. The channel operates two time-shifted feeds: East (Eastern Time) and West (Pacific Time). The West Coast feed was launched on September 1, 2006.

The channel has a French language equivalent in Historia, which is also owned by Corus.


Licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on September 4, 1996 as The History and Entertainment Network, the channel was launched as History Television on October 17, 1997.

On January 18, 2008, a joint venture between Canwest and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners known as CW Media bought Alliance Atlantis and gained AAC's interest in History Television. On October 8, 2009, Canwest launched a high definition simulcast of History Television.[1] Unlike the standard definition feed that has both an East and West coast feed, History Television HD has only one national feed operating from the Eastern Time Zone. It is available through all major TV providers in Canada except for Vidéotron.

On October 27, 2010, ownership changed again as Shaw Communications gained control of History Television as a result of its acquisition of Canwest and Goldman Sachs' interest in CW Media.[2][3] On May 30, 2012, Shaw Media announced that History Television would be rebranded as a Canadian version of American cable channel History on August 12, 2012, through a wider licensing agreement with A+E Networks. Fellow Shaw network, The Cave, was also rebranded as a Canadian version of spin-off network H2.[4][5]

On April 1, 2016, History's parent company, Shaw Media, was sold to Corus Entertainment.[6] On the same day, History was reunited with its French-language counterpart.


The channel's programming includes documentaries, reality shows, films, and human interest series. In addition to shows acquired from its American counterpart, History also produces and commissions several original programs of its own, including Restoration Garage, Yukon Gold, and Vikings.

Under the History Television branding, the network also aired a special called Fact & Film which shows a program on a topic and then a movie on the same subject.

See also


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