Discovery Science (Canada)

Discovery Science

Discovery Science logo
Launched August 15, 2001
Owned by CTV Speciality Television
(80% and managing partner)
Discovery Communications
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Slogan Where Cool and Curiosity Collide
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Formerly called Discovery Civilization Channel (2001-2010)
Sister channel(s) Animal Planet
Discovery Channel
Discovery Velocity
Investigation Discovery
Website Discovery Science
Bell TV Channel 523 (SD)
Channel 1606 (HD)
Shaw Direct Channel 554 (SD)
Available on most Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary
Bell Aliant Channel 302 (SD)
Bell Fibe TV Channel 523 (SD)
Channel 1523 (HD)
MTS Channel 273 (SD)
Optik TV Channel 9702 (SD)
Channel 702 (HD)
SaskTel Channel 60 (SD)
Zazeen Channel 91 (HD)

Discovery Science is a Canadian English language Category B specialty channel owned by CTV Speciality Television Inc. (Bell Media 80%/ESPN 20%) in partnership with Discovery Communications 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.[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.

Discovery Science HD

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]


2001–2010 2010–2011 2011–present

International distribution


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