Discovery’s attempt to gain ground in the Canadian market has resulted in Category 2 approval from the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission for five channels. However, under the terms of Category 2 approval, licensees are not guaranteed carriage; they must negotiate with distributors for access.
Four of the five channels – Animal Planet, Discovery Civilization, Discovery Science and People + Arts – are in partnership with Canadian company Netstar Communications (which is also its partner in Discovery Canada). Discovery Kids is a partnership with Canada’s Corus Entertainment.
The CRTC awarded 262 Category 2 licenses overall.