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Nat Geo Wild (Canada)

Nat Geo Wild
Nat Geo Wild logo
Launched May 7, 2012
Owned by Shaw Media (64%)
National Geographic Channel (20% direct, 16% indirect)
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Sister channel(s) National Geographic Channel
Website Nat Geo Wild
Shaw Direct Channel 552 (SD)
Channel 253 (HD)
Cogeco Channel 409 (SD)
Channel 824 (HD)
EastLink Channel 749 (HD)
Rogers Cable Channel 289 (SD)
Channel 296 (HD)
Shaw Cable Channel 175 (SD)
Channel 266 (HD)
Videotron Channel 118 (SD)
Channel 718 (HD)
MTS Channel 276 (SD)
Channel 1276 (HD)
Optik TV Channel 9723 (SD)
Channel 723 (HD)

Nat Geo Wild is a Canadian English language Category B specialty channel owned by Shaw Media and National Geographic Channel (U.S.). The channel airs programming devoted to wildlife, nature, and animals.


  • History 1
  • Programming 2
    • Noted series 2.1
  • References 3
  • External links 4


In April 2010, Shaw Media (the majority owner and operator of the Canadian version of National Geographic Channel) had requested the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to add the American version of Nat Geo Wild to the list of available foreign channels permitted to broadcast in Canada.[1] Both High Fidelity HDTV (the owner of Oasis HD) and CTV Speciality Television Inc. (the major owner of the Canadian version of Animal Planet) had sent letters to CRTC to oppose the request as they claim Nat Geo Wild is competitive with Oasis HD and Animal Planet. The CRTC denied the application on February 15, 2011.[2]

In October 2011, NGC Channel Inc. (a company owned by Shaw and National Geographic Channel in the U.S.) put forth its own application to the CRTC in order to launch a Canadian version of Nat Geo Wild.[3] The licence was approved by the CRTC on April 13, 2012.[4] Neither High Fidelity HDTV nor Bell Media voiced their concern with Nat Geo Wild competing with their services.

In April 30, 2012, Shaw released a statement that the Canada version of Nat Geo Wild was scheduled to be launched on May 7, 2012.[5] The channel was launched in standard and high definition from the start.


Noted series

  • America the Wild
  • Deadly Instincts
  • Dogs with Jobs
  • Human Shark Bait
  • Live Like an Animal
  • Totally Wild
  • Wild Mississippi
  • Zoo Diaries


  1. ^ Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010-663
  2. ^ Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2011-99
  3. ^ Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-675
  4. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2012-218
  5. ^ Shaw Media invites viewers to get wildly close to animals with the launch of Nat Geo Wild

External links

  • Nat Geo Wild
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