Discovery Science
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario, Canada
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
Owner(CTV Specialty Television (80%))
(Bell Media (56%) and ESPN Inc. (24%))
Warner Bros. Discovery (10%)
Sister channelsAnimal Planet
Discovery Channel
Discovery Velocity
Investigation Discovery
LaunchedAugust 15, 2001; 22 years ago (2001-08-15)
ClosedSeptember 1, 2010; 13 years ago (2010-09-01)
Replaced bySangat TV
Former namesDiscovery Civilization Channel (2001-2010)
WebsiteDiscovery Science

Discovery Science is a Canadian English language discretionary specialty channel owned by CTV Specialty Television Inc. (a joint venture between Bell Media and ESPN Inc.) in partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery 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 U.S. channel of the same name, which was later reformatted and renamed as Discovery Times, and later became Investigation Discovery.

Previous logo until 2021.

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

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.

International distribution