Discovery Velocity

For the United States version, see Velocity (TV channel).
Discovery Velocity
Launched December 19, 2005
Owned by CTV Specialty Television (80% and managing partner)
Discovery Communications (20%)
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Formerly called Discovery HD Theatre (2005-2009)
Discovery HD (2009-2010)
Discovery World HD (2010-2012)
Discovery World (2012-2015)
Website Discovery Velocity
Bell TV Channel 827 / 1601
Shaw Direct Channel 128 / 279
Available on many Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary
Bell Aliant Channel 445
Bell Fibe TV Channel 1519
MTS Channel 1621
Optik TV Channel 640
SaskTel Channel 470
HuronTel Digital TV Channel 364
Zazeen Channel 90

Discovery Velocity is a Canadian Category B specialty channel owned by CTV Specialty Television, a joint venture of Bell Media and Discovery Communications. The channel is a high definition service featuring automotive and adventure-oriented programming from the slate of Bell-owned Discovery-branded channels. It is a Canadian version of the U.S. channel Velocity.


Beginning in August 2003, CTV had operated a channel known as Discovery Channel HD, which served as a high-definition simulcast of the main Discovery Channel lineup, where applicable. In August 2005, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved an application for a new category 2 digital service, Discovery HD Theatre, which would be based on the U.S. channel of the same name; covering many of the same genres as Discovery Channel, but with a separate lineup consisting of only high definition programming.[1] Discovery HD Theatre replaced Discovery Channel HD on December 19, 2005. While maintaining the same format, the channel was renamed Discovery HD in 2009.

In June 2010, CTVglobemedia announced that it would launch three new Discovery-branded channels in Canada, among them included a re-branding of Discovery HD as Discovery World HD (later just Discovery World) on August 2, 2010, with a new lineup focusing on internationally oriented programming.[2] A separate HD simulcast of Discovery Channel returned in June 2011.[3]

In January 2015, Bell Media announced that Discovery World would be re-branded as Discovery Velocity on February 12, 2015. It is a Canadian version of the U.S. channel Velocity—which itself is the current identity of the network's original U.S. counterpart as HD Theatre. With the re-branding, the network increased its focus on automotive-oriented series, although selected non-automotive programs from Discovery World were carried over.[4]

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