Crime & Investigation (Canadian TV channel)

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Crime & Investigation
Crime and Investigation logo.png
LaunchedSeptember 7, 2001 (2001-09-07)
Owned byCorus Entertainment
(Mystery Partnership)
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
CountryCanada
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Formerly calledMystery
(2001-2007)
Mystery TV
(2007-2014)
Sister channel(s)History
History2
Lifetime
FYI
Showcase
Adult Swim
DejaView
MovieTime
ABC Spark
W Network
CMT
WebsiteCrime + Investigation Canada
Availability
Satellite
Bell TVChannel 638 (SD)
Shaw DirectChannel 595 (SD)
Cable
Available on many cable systemsChannel slots vary on each provider
IPTV
Bell Aliant Fibe TVChannel 558 (SD)
Bell Fibe TVChannel 638 (SD)
Channel 1638 (HD)
Bell MTSChannel 164 (SD)
Channel 1164 (HD)
Optik TVChannel 9380 (SD)
Channel 380 (HD)
SaskTelChannel 85 (SD)
Channel 385 (HD)
VmediaChannel 276 (SD)
ZazeenChannel 98 (SD)

Crime & Investigation (stylized as Crime + Investigation, and formerly known as Mystery) is a Canadian English language discretionary service channel that is owned by Corus Entertainment.

It is a licensed version of A&E Networks' U.S. channel of the same name, and primarily airs off-network reruns of police procedural dramas, and true crime programs, drawing from the libraries of Showcase and A&E.

History[edit]

The channel was licensed as 13th Street by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on November 24, 2000 to Canwest (45.05%), Groupe TVA (45.05%) and Rogers Communications (9.9%). Before the channel's launch, both Canwest and TVA Group acquired Rogers' shares in the service equally. The channel was described as "a national English-language Category 1 specialty television service devoted to mystery and suspense programming. The service will nurture and encourage short form Canadian mysteries. It will provide a wide assortment of genre-specific programs including movies, television series, short films and documentaries that will focus exclusively on the delivery of entertaining programming on suspense, espionage and classic mysteries."[1]

The channel was launched as Mystery On September 7, 2001. TVA, Canwest and Rogers also owned the same shares of its French counterpart, Mystère, which would become wholly owned by TVA before launch. The channel was rebranded as Mystery TV in 2007, though the channel was still referred to as "Mystery" on-air.

Original logo (2001–2007)

On October 27, 2010, Shaw Communications completed its acquisition of Canwest, giving it control of Canwest's 50% interest in Mystery TV.[2] On December 22, 2011, TVA Group announced its intentions to sell its share of Mystery TV and The Cave to Shaw Communications, giving Shaw full control of these two channels.[3] The deal was approved by the CRTC on April 25, 2012.[4]

Logo as Mystery TV (2007-2014)

It was reported in June 2014 that Mystery TV, along with sister network Twist TV, would be rebranded as Canadian versions of the Crime & Investigation Network and FYI, respectively, under a licensing agreement with A+E Networks.[5] They were the fourth and fifth networks to be rebranded after History Television, Showcase Diva and The Cave were rebranded as Canadian versions of History, Lifetime and H2 respectively in 2012.[6]

The rebrand was originally set to take place in December, but was rescheduled to November 3, 2014.[7][8] A 1080i high definition feed launched in February 2016.[citation needed]

Noted series[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Decision CRTC 2000-449 CRTC 2000-12-14
  2. ^ Shaw Communications closes purchase of Canwest TV assets, rebrands as Shaw Media[dead link]
  3. ^ TVA selling two specialty channels to Shaw Media; financial terms not disclosed Archived July 20, 2012, at Archive.today
  4. ^ Decision CRTC 2012-238 CRTC 2012-04-25
  5. ^ Shaw Media announces fall lineup, pushes new dramas on Global
  6. ^ "Shaw Media and A&E to Launch Two New Specialty Channels". Broadcaster Magazine. May 30, 2012. Archived from the original on December 10, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2012.
  7. ^ "SHAW MEDIA LAUNCHES TWO DYNAMIC NEW CHANNELS TO CANADA'S LEADING LINEUP OF SPECIALTY BRANDS". June 4, 2014. Retrieved August 9, 2014.
  8. ^ "Shaw Media's Mystery TV Rebrands to Crime + Investigation". October 3, 2014. Retrieved October 3, 2014.

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