The Comedy Network

The Comedy Network
The Comedy Network.svg
Launched October 17, 1997; 20 years ago (1997-10-17)
Owned by Bell Media
Picture format 1080i ( HDTV)
(2012–present)
480i ( SDTV)
(1997–present)
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Sister channel(s) Comedy Gold
Much
Timeshift service Comedy East
Comedy West
Website www.thecomedynetwork.ca
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV 625 (East; SD)
626 (West; SD)
1740 (East; HD)
Shaw Direct 547 (West; SD)
548 (East; SD)
85 / 585 (East; HD)
Cable
Available on most Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary
IPTV
Bell Aliant Fibe TV 208 (East; SD)
431 (East; HD)
Bell Fibe TV 625 (East; SD)
626 (West; SD)
1625 (East; HD)
1626 (West; HD)
Bell MTS 115 (East; SD)
116 (West; SD)
Optik TV 173 (West; SD)
710 (East; HD)
SaskTel 74 (West; SD)
374 (East; HD)
VMedia 50 (East; HD)
Zazeen 110 (East; HD)

The Comedy Network (often shortened to Comedy) is a Canadian English language Category A specialty channel that is owned by Bell Media. The channel specializes in comedy programming, including original and acquired series, films and stand-up comedy specials. The Comedy Network operates two time-shifted feeds, running on Eastern and Pacific Time Zone schedules.

History

In September 1996, 1155636 Ontario Inc. (a company majority controlled by Baton Broadcasting, with the remaining interests held by Shaw Cable, Astral Broadcasting and Les Films Rozon inc.) was granted a television broadcasting licence by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for The Comedy Network. [1] The channel launched on October 17, 1997 [2] with the slogan Time Well Wasted, a variation of the U.S.-based channel A&E's slogan at the time, "Time Well Spent".

Original logo, used from October 17, 1997 to November 1, 2011

Through various acquisitions over the years, Shaw, Astral and Les Films Rozon sold their interest in the service to Baton, which became Bell Globemedia in 2001, renamed CTVglobemedia in 2007, and renamed again as Bell Media in 2011, following its acquisition by Bell Canada. Until then, and since its incarnation in 1997, The Comedy Network maintained a consistent look; The 'yellow oval' logo (which has undergone slight modifications throughout its use). On November 1, 2011, The Comedy Network was relaunched with a new look, consisting a new simplified logo and revamped on-air presentation. Their longtime slogan was also retired on this date. [3]

In August 2013, the CRTC denied an amendment to The Comedy Network's license, which would have reduced the amount of Canadian-produced content the network would have been required to air monthly, increase the amount of animated programming it could air from 10% of its lineup per day to 20% per month, and allow it to air films that were not Canadian-made. Bell argued that the network was at a disadvantage against BiteTV, as it could air non-Canadian films, and Teletoon, which aired a late-night block of adult animation, and because Comedy was unable to give its animated acquisitions a larger amount of exposure (such as marathons) due to the restriction. The CRTC rejected its arguments in response to complaints by the two networks cited and other unions, due to their differing natures of service and because Bell's proposed changes were intended primarily to decrease the amount of Canadian content it airs in favor of more U.S.-originated programming. [4] [5]

The following month, a number of Comedy Network programs, including Conan, South Park, and others, were moved to sister channel Much in the fall of 2013. [6]

Other Languages
português: The Comedy Network