Historia (TV channel)

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Historia
CountryCanada
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersMontreal, Quebec
Programming
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
Ownership
OwnerCorus Entertainment

(History Television Inc.)

(Name licensed by A&E Networks)
Sister channelsHistory
History2
History
LaunchedJanuary 31, 2000; 23 years ago (January 31, 2000)
Links
Websitehistoriatv.com

Historia is a Canadian discretionary service owned by Corus Entertainment. The network broadcasts French-language programming related to history and historical fiction, and is a sister network to the English-language History; both channels operate as Canadian licensees of the U.S. network History.

History[edit]

Original logo used from the channel's launch until 2010
Second logo used from the channel until 2015, when it was replaced with Historia Spain's logo

Licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) as Canal Histoire to Alliance Atlantis and Premier Choix Networks (Astral),[1] 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.[2][3]

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.[4] In a separate deal, Corus also acquired Shaw's interests in Séries+ and Historia, giving it full ownership.[5] The deals were approved by the CRTC on 20 December 2013[6] and Corus become the full owner of the channel on 1 January 2014.[7]

Third logo used in 2015 and 2016
Fourth logo used from 2016 to 2022

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 English-language sister network. The network was relaunched under History's logo and branding on March 9, 2015, while maintaining the Historia name.[8]

On October 17, 2017, Bell Media announced its intent to acquire Historia and Séries+ from Corus for $200 million, pending regulatory approval. Corus cited the two channels as not being part of the company's "strategic priorities" at this time; the deal came shortly after an announcement that Corus no longer planned to commission original programs for the two channels.[9] On 28 May 2018, both transactions were blocked by the Competition Bureau, as a violation of conditions placed on Bell's acquisition of Astral Media, which barred it from re-acquiring any of the properties it divested in the merger for 10 years.[10] As a result, Bell and Corus mutually agreed to shelve the sale.[11]

High-definition feed[edit]

On October 30, 2006, Astral Media launched a high definition simulcast feed of Historia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Decision CRTC 99-111
  2. ^ Shaw Communications closes purchase of Canwest TV assets, rebrands as Shaw Media[dead link]
  3. ^ CRTC approves Shaw’s purchase of the Canwest Global television properties Archived 2013-12-20 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Bell moves closer to Astral with sale of TV assets". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  5. ^ "Corus Entertainment Expands Interests in French-language Specialty Television Market through Major Deals with Bell and Shaw Media". Corus Entertainment. March 4, 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
  6. ^ "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-738". CRTC. Retrieved December 24, 2013.
  7. ^ "Press Release - Corus Entertainment completes purchase of Historia, Séries+ and TELETOON Canada Inc". Corus Entertainment. January 1, 2014. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  8. ^ "Historia: new logo, new look, new shows!". Corus Entertainment. March 9, 2015. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  9. ^ Faguy, Steve (October 17, 2017). "Corus agrees to sell Séries+ and Historia to Bell Media for $200 million". Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  10. ^ "Analysts predict steeper Corus dividend cut after watchdog blocks $200-million sale of TV stations to Bell". Financial Post. May 28, 2018. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  11. ^ "Corus and Bell end channel sale after rejection by Commissioner of Competition". Financial Post. May 30, 2018. Retrieved May 31, 2018.

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