|Discovery HD logo|
|Launched||December 19, 2005|
|Owned by||CTV Speciality
Television Inc. (80% and managing partner)
Discovery Communications (20%)
|Formerly called||Discovery HD Theatre|
|Bell TV||Channel 853|
|Shaw Direct||Channel 279|
|Available on many Canadian cable systems||Check local listings, channels may vary|
Discovery HD is a Canadian category 2 digital cable specialty channel that broadcasts in high definition. Discovery HD broadcasts science and technology, nature and adventure programming entirely in high definition. The channel features a mix of Discovery Channel and original HD programming. It is owned by CTV Speciality Television Inc. (CTVglobemedia 80%/ESPN 20%) and Discovery Communications (20%).
Discovery HD's origins date back to August 15, 2003 when Discovery Channel launched a HD simulcast of itself called Discovery Channel HD.
After almost 2 years on the air, CTV applied to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for a separate licence called Discovery HD Theatre, which would be a category 2 digital service devoted essentially to the same programming as Discovery Channel, although with a separate and all HD schedule.
The channel launched on December 19, 2005 as Discovery HD Theatre, replacing Discovery Channel HD becoming Canada's first 24-hour all-HD network. The channel would later be renamed simply Discovery HD.