Crime & Investigation (Canadian TV channel)

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Crime & Investigation
Crime and Investigation logo.png
Logo as of 2017.
Launched September 7, 2001
Owned by Corus Entertainment
(Mystery Partnership)
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Formerly called Mystery
Mystery TV
Website Crime + Investigation Canada
Bell TV Channel 638 (SD)
Shaw Direct Channel 595 (SD)
Available on many Canadian cable systems Check local listings
Bell Aliant Fibe TV Channel 558 (SD)
Bell Fibe TV Channel 638 (SD)
Channel 1638 (HD)
Bell MTS Channel 164 (SD)
Channel 1164 (HD)
Optik TV Channel 9380 (SD)
Channel 380 (HD)
SaskTel Channel 85 (SD)
Channel 385 (HD)
Vmedia Channel 276 (SD)
Zazeen Channel 98 (SD)

Crime & Investigation is a Canadian English-language Discretionary service owned by Corus Entertainment.

It is a licensed version of A&E Networks' U.S. cable channel of the same name, and primarily airs off-network reruns of police procedural dramas, and true crime programs, drawing from the libraries of Showcase and A&E.


The channel was licensed as 13th Street by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on November 24, 2000 to Canwest (45.05%), TVA Group (45.05%) and Rogers Communications (9.9%). Before the channel's launch, both Canwest and TVA Group acquired Rogers' shares in the service equally. The channel was described as "a national English-language Category 1 specialty television service devoted to mystery and suspense programming. The service will nurture and encourage short form Canadian mysteries. It will provide a wide assortment of genre-specific programs including movies, television series, short films and documentaries that will focus exclusively on the delivery of entertaining programming on suspense, espionage and classic mysteries."[1]

The channel was launched as Mystery On September 7, 2001. TVA, Canwest and Rogers also owned the same shares of its French counterpart, Mystère, which would become wholly owned by TVA before launch. The channel was rebranded as Mystery TV in 2007, though the channel was still referred to as "Mystery" on-air.

Original logo (2001–2007)

On October 27, 2010, Shaw Communications completed its acquisition of Canwest, giving it control of Canwest's 50% interest in Mystery TV.[2] On December 22, 2011, TVA Group announced its intentions to sell its share of Mystery TV and The Cave to Shaw Communications, giving Shaw full control of these two channels.[3] The deal was approved by the CRTC on April 25, 2012.[4]

Logo as Mystery TV (2007-2014)

It was reported in June 2014 that Mystery TV, along with sister network Twist TV, would be rebranded as Canadian versions of the Crime & Investigation Network and FYI, respectively, under a licensing agreement with A+E Networks.[5] They were the fourth and fifth networks to be rebranded after History Television, Showcase Diva and The Cave were rebranded as Canadian versions of History, Lifetime and H2 respectively in 2012.[6]

The rebrand was originally set to take place in December, but was rescheduled to November 3, 2014.[7][8] A 1080i high definition feed launched in February 2016.[citation needed]

On April 1, 2016, Shaw Media was acquired by Corus Entertainment. A brand refresh occurred in 2017.

Noted series


  1. ^ Decision CRTC 2000-449 CRTC 2000-12-14
  2. ^ Shaw Communications closes purchase of Canwest TV assets, rebrands as Shaw Media[dead link]
  3. ^ TVA selling two specialty channels to Shaw Media; financial terms not disclosed Archived July 20, 2012, at
  4. ^ Decision CRTC 2012-238 CRTC 2012-04-25
  5. ^ Shaw Media announces fall lineup, pushes new dramas on Global
  6. ^ "Shaw Media and A&E to Launch Two New Specialty Channels". Broadcaster Magazine. 30 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012.
  8. ^ "Shaw Media's Mystery TV Rebrands to Crime + Investigation". October 3, 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014.

External links

  • Official website
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