|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
CTV Drama Channel
CTV Comedy Channel
CTV Life Channel
CTV News Channel
|Launched||October 17, 1997|
|Former names||Space (1997-2019)|
|Available on most Canadian cable systems||Channel number varies|
|Bell Satellite TV||Channel 627 (SD)|
Channel 1746 (HD)
|Shaw Direct||Channel 528 (SD)|
Channel 275 87 (HD)
|Bell Aliant Fibe TV||Channel 209 (SD)|
Channel 425 (HD)
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 627 (SD)|
Channel 1627 (HD)
|Bell MTS||Channel 122 (SD)|
Channel 1122 (HD)
|Optik TV||Channel 392 (HD)|
Channel 9392 (SD)
|SaskTel||Channel 72 (SD)|
Channel 372 (HD)
|VMedia||Channel 281 (HD)|
|Zazeen||Channel 100 (HD)|
CTV Sci-Fi Channel (formerly known as Space) is a Canadian English language specialty channel owned by Bell Media. The channel primarily broadcasts speculative fiction and related programming. The network's original slogan was The Imagination Station, which for several years continued to be used informally by its fans. The channel launched on October 17, 1997.
The channel was licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in 1996. It debuted on October 17, 1997 at 6:00 p.m. ET (3:00 p.m. PT), as Space: The Imagination Station, launching under the ownership of CHUM Limited, airing the film Forbidden Planet, followed by a commentary on that film by author Robert J. Sawyer, followed by the film Mars Attacks!. The Sawyer commentary was the first example of the interstitial materials -- mostly produced by Mark Askwith -- that became SPACE's signature: short, snappy, mini-documentaries on science fiction and science topics shown between programs, collectively known as "SPACE Flow". Daily installments include Space News (formerly SPIN, for "Space Information and News").
CTVglobemedia took over Space on June 22, 2007, as a result of a takeover of CHUM Limited. At the same time, the Citytv stations were sold to Rogers later that year. Ownership changed hands once again when on April 1, 2011, BCE Inc. gained 100% control of CTVglobemedia's non-publishing assets that it did not already own, placing Space under the ownership of Bell Media.
On February 8, 2011, the Reeves-Stevenses submitted a letter to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in support of an application by CTVglobemedia to renew the broadcasting license of Space.
On March 4, 2013, Space introduced a new logo to coincide with the premiere of the channel's new original co-production Orphan Black. A Bell Media executive explained that the branding was designed to reflect upon the broadening of the sci-fi genre beyond outer space and "people in polyester onesies running around with taser guns", by portraying the new logo in the form of real-life objects with a "phenomenal twist" to symbolize the "space around you". Through Bell Media's acquisition of Astral Media, Space is now co-owned with the French-language science-fiction channel, Ztélé (since renamed Z).
On June 7, 2018 during the CTV upfronts, it was announced that Space would be rebranded as "CTV Sci-Fi", as part of a re-alignment of several Bell Media specialty channels under the CTV brand. The following year, it was revealed the channel would rebrand as CTV Sci-Fi Channel on September 12, 2019.
CTV Sci-Fi Channel's programming includes scripted television series and films primarily focused on the science fiction, fantasy, superhero fiction, horror, and paranormal genres. The channel has produced original series (including the daily newsmagazine Innerspace, and scripted dramas such as Orphan Black), as well as co-produced and acquired programming primarily from the U.S. Syfy cable network.
RAISED BY WOLVES will also reach television audiences exclusively on CTV Sci-Fi with a sneak-peak season premiere, Thursday Sept. 3 at 9:30p.m. ET. The season will continue to unfold Fridays at 9 p.m. ET beginning September 4.
Director Ridley Scott's new series Raised by Wolves premieres September 3 on CTV Sci-Fi Channel