Corus Entertainment announced on June 26th 2009 that its specialty network Scream would be rebranded as Dusk, effective September 9, 2009. 

The relaunch was planned to see the service expand its programming scope to include a more extensive lineup of movie titles and series that appealed to a broader demographic. 

Corus said that Dusk would cater to adults 18 - 49, and would offer viewers access to a  lineup of suspense, thriller and supernatural-based Hollywood feature films and television series seven days a week, 24-hours-a-day.

Drive In Classics

Originally licensed by the CRTC as The Drive-In Channel, this CHUM-owned specialty service was launched in September 2001 as Drive-In Classics.  Its mandate from the CRTC was to present the entire spectrum of typical drive-in movies from the 50s, 60s and 70s – “….horror and thriller movies, beach party movies, car chase movies and social issues B-movies (juvenile delinquency, unwed mothers, biker gangs etc.)” The movies were to be the “…more obscure movie titles that are not offered by other movie services in Canada”


Corus Entertainment was granted a licence in November 2000 for The Canadian Documentary Channel, a specialty channel to be devoted to long-form documentaries and films, and the Documentary Channel was launched in September 2001.  Corus held 53% of the shares (through YTV Canada), while the CBC held 29% and the National Film Board and four Canadian production companies held minority interests in the channel.

DIY (Do It Yourself)

In November 2000 Alliance Atlantis was granted a licence for The Luxe Network, a lifestyle specialty channel for those who liked to indulge their sybaritic tendencies in the pursuit of personal pleasure, whether in the fields of possessions, travel, good food and wine or hedonistic pursuits. 

The channel, by then retitled Fine Living Canada, launched on September 3rd of that year, by which time the U.S. E.W. Scripps Company, owners of the Fine Living channel in the States, had acquired a minority interest in the Canadian version.

Discovery Kids

Corus Entertainment applied for and was awarded a licence in November 2000 for a Canadian version of Discovery Kids in partnership with Discovery Communications, who had a similar channel running in the U.S. The service made its debut in Canada in the Fall of 2001.The target audience of the channel was specified in the licence as “children of all ages”, but Corus focused more specifically on the 2 -11 age bracket, with programming combining information and education in a package largely devoted to real-life adventures, nature, science and wildlife.

Cosmo TV

On August 7th, 2007 Corus Entertainment subsidiary Cosmopolitan Television Canada Company was awarded a licence for a new Cable specialty channel to be called Cosmo TV. Inspired by the well-known magazine, and with Corus in partnership with the Hearst Corporation, Cosmo TV was launched in Canada on February 14th 2008.

The Cartoon Network

The Cartoon Network was launched as a specialty cartoon channel on July 4th 2012, and was wholly owned by Teletoon Canada Inc., a 50/50 partnership between Astral Media and Corus Entertainment.

In March 2013 Corus Entertainment announced that, subject to the successful conclusion of the latest application by Astral Media Inc for approval to sell all their broadcast assets to BCE Inc., Corus would acquire the other 50% of ownership of Teletoon Canada Inc., and thereby gain 100% control of the Cartoon Network.

BBC Kids

The BBC has always had a world-wide reputation for its children’s programming, some of which made its way to Canada.  Much more was however available than could be accommodated by the conventional television channels, and in November 2000 Alliance Atlantis was licensed to start a specialty channel to be titled BBC Kids.  As with BBC Canada, which was licensed to Atlantis at the same time, there was a requirement for a certain amount of Canadian programming to be included in the schedule, and no more than 15% from US sources.

BBC Canada

While at the turn of the century much BBC programming was already available in Canada on both over-the-air and specialty channels, there remained a substantial catalogue of attractive programming in the BBC inventory that was not being seen here.   In November 2000, Alliance Atlantis was licensed by the CRTC to launch BBC Canada, which it did in 2001.


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