DejaView
CountryCanada
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Programming
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
Ownership
OwnerCorus Entertainment
History
LaunchedSeptember 4, 2001 (2001-09-04)
Links
Websitedejaviewtv.ca

DejaView is a Canadian English language specialty television channel owned by Corus Entertainment. It primarily airs television shows from the 1970s to 2010s.

History

In November 2000, Global Television Network Inc. (then owned by Canwest) was granted approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a national English-language Category 2 specialty television service called Pop TV, described as "featuring classic programs from the beginnings of television. Programming will explore vintage television and the cultural impact of television on our society by providing a window on television history."[1]

The channel was launched on September 4, 2001 as DejaView.[2]

After DejaView's parent company, Canwest, filed for creditor protection in October 2009,[3] Shaw Communications subsequently completed a purchase and took over the assets of Canwest's broadcasting arm on October 27, 2010,[4] which was announced in February of that year,[5] and renamed the company Shaw Media.

On April 1, 2016, DejaView's parent company, Shaw Media, was acquired by Corus Entertainment. It once became a sister station to CMT and W Network (though this lapsed in later years because the former is now airing what DejaView has played in the past), as with its other sister stations such as MovieTime.

In late 2016, a 1080i high definition simulcast of the standard definition feed was launched.

Programming

Further information: List of programs broadcast by DejaView

Throughout the channel's existence, it has primarily aired sitcoms and television dramas from the United States and Canada, however, other genres of programs have aired including game shows, reality television, and lifestyle series.

See also

References

  1. ^ Decision CRTC 2000-567 CRTC 2000-12-14
  2. ^ "Digital channels struggling at start of third year on cable and satellite TV". Sympatico.ca. August 2003.
  3. ^ Clark, Andrew (October 6, 2009). "Canwest Global Communications files for bankruptcy protection". The Guardian. England. Retrieved July 9, 2011.
  4. ^ Shaw Completes Purchase of Canwest Broadcasting Assets Marketwire press release 2010-10-10
  5. ^ Shaw moves for Canwest control, CBC.ca, 2010-02-12