CTV Drama Channel
CTV Comedy Channel
CTV Sci-Fi Channel
|Launched||December 11, 2013 (Knight Enterprises version) (closed)|
September 1, 2016 (Bell Media version)
|Former names||Gusto TV (2013-2016)|
|Available on most cable systems||Channel slots vary on each provider|
|Rogers||Channel 36 (SD)|
Channel 702 (HD)
|Bell Satellite TV||Channel 619 (SD)|
Channel 1708 (HD)
|Shaw Direct||Channel 266 |
Channel 162 (HD) 573 (SD)
|Bell Aliant Fibe TV||Channel 217 (SD)|
Channel 520 (HD)
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 571 (SD)|
Channel 1571 (HD)
|Bell MTS||Channel 117 (SD)|
Channel 1117 (HD)
|Optik TV||Channel 9315 (SD)|
Channel 315 (HD)
|SaskTel||Channel 146 (SD)|
Channel 446 (HD)
|VMedia||Channel 61 (HD)|
|Zazeen||Channel 55 (SD)|
CTV Life Channel is a Canadian English language specialty channel owned by Bell Media. The channel primarily broadcasts factual and reality programming on topics such as cooking, home improvement and real estate, and entertainment programming.
The channel originally launched in 2013 as Gusto TV, under the ownership of the independent producer Knight Enterprises with a Category B license. The network leveraged its library of original programming, as well as other acquired programming. On May 4, 2016, Knight announced that it would sell Canadian rights to the Gusto brand and associated programming to Bell Media. On September 1, 2016, the network's intellectual property was moved under a Bell-owned Category A license, re-launching as Gusto in the channel space of Bell's former general entertainment and music channel M3. Knight retained international rights to the Gusto brand and would continue to produce new programming for the Bell-owned network.
As part of a rebranding of several Bell Media-owned specialty channels, the channel rebranded as CTV Life Channel on September 12, 2019.
In October 2010, Chris Knight was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to operate "MmmTV", described as "a national, English-language Category 2 specialty programming service devoted to luxury, from vacations and leisure activities to home furnishings and fashion."
In the summer and fall of 2013, several media outlets began reporting on aspects Gusto TV and its founder, Chris Knight, owner of Knight Enterprises. In several reports, it indicated the launch of the channel on December 11, 2013. This was confirmed, when on December 5, an official press release was issued by Knight Enterprises.
On August 29, 2015, Gusto TV broadcast Live Feed; described by the network as an example of the slow television concept, the special consisted of live footage from the kitchen of the Beckta Dining and Wine Bar in Ottawa.
On May 4, 2016, Knight Enterprises announced that it had sold Canadian rights to the Gusto TV brand to Bell Media and that the current channel would be shut down and replaced by a new version of the service under Bell Media ownership. The brand's parent company, Gusto Worldwide Media (GWM), will license Gusto TV's current programming to Bell in addition to producing future series for the channel. GWM will continue to own international rights to the Gusto brand and announced plans to launch an internet television service under the brand in 2017.Gusto re-launched on September 1, 2016, replacing Bell Media's entertainment and music network M3 under its existing Category A license.
On June 7, 2018, during the CTV upfronts, it was announced that Gusto would be re-branded as "CTV Life", as part of a re-branding of several Bell Media specialty channels under the CTV name. The following year, it was revealed the channel would rebrand as CTV Life Channel on September 12, 2019. Bell also announced an output deal with Mike Holmes and his studio, under which CTV Life Channel would air his future productions (such as the new series Holmes 911), and acquire reruns of his past series (such as Holmes on Homes).