Discovery Science (Canadian TV channel)

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Discovery Science
Discovery Science Canada 2011.PNG
LaunchedAugust 15, 2001; 18 years ago (2001-08-15)
Owned byCTV Speciality Television
(80% and managing partner)
Discovery Inc.
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
SloganWhere cool and curiosity collide
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario, Canada
Formerly calledDiscovery Civilization Channel (2001-2010)
Sister channel(s)Animal Planet
Discovery Channel
Discovery Velocity
Investigation Discovery
Bell TVChannel 523 (SD)
Channel 1606 (HD)
Shaw DirectChannel 554 (SD)
Channel 182 (HD)
Available on most cable systemsChannel slots vary on each provider
Bell Aliant Fibe TVChannel 302 (SD)
Bell Fibe TVChannel 523 (SD)
Channel 1523 (HD)
Bell MTSChannel 273 (SD)
Channel 1273 (HD)
Optik TVChannel 9702 (SD)
Channel 702 (HD)
SaskTelChannel 60 (SD)
ZazeenChannel 91 (HD)
VmediaChannel 87 (HD)

Discovery Science is a Canadian subscription-television channel owned by CTV Speciality Television Inc. (Bell Media 80%/ESPN Inc. 20%) in partnership with Discovery Inc. airing science-related programming.


Discovery Science was licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on December 14, 2000 as Discovery Civilization Channel Canada.[1] The application was granted to CTV Inc., and was later transferred to its subsidiary, CTV Specialty Television Inc., in which ESPN owns a 20% interest. The channel was originally described in regulatory documents as "a national English-language Category 2 specialty television service dedicated to bringing the diverse people and cultures of the world to Canadian viewers. The service will be dedicated to exploring and understanding the roots of human development and learning from other cultures and traditions."[1]

The channel was launched on August 15, 2001 as Discovery Civilization Channel, with programming devoted to human civilization and history. The channel was intended to be a Canadian version of an American channel of the same name, which was later reformatted and renamed Discovery Times, and later became Investigation Discovery.

On June 4, 2010 CTVglobemedia announced that Discovery Civilization Channel would be rebranded as Discovery Science on September 27, 2010,[2] focusing on science-related programming.

HD feed[edit]

On June 17, 2011 Bell Media announced that it would launch Discovery Science HD, a high definition (HD) simulcast of the standard definition feed, by the end of 2011.[3] The channel was launched on December 15, 2011 on Bell Fibe TV and on September 11, 2012 on Telus Optik TV.[4] Shaw Direct began using it on August 8, 2018.

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