Licensed to CHUM Limited in 1996, Space – The Imagination Station was launched on cable in October 1997, and quickly became one of the most popular speciality channels in the system. Its programming ranges over “science fiction, science fact, speculation and fantasy” and challenges the imagination of its viewers with documentaries, movies, series, mini-series and specials, as well as offering news of the doings of space agencies around the world.
A CRTC hearing on an application by CTVglobemedia to acquire the assets of CHUM Limited was held on April 30th 2007. Among the CHUM assets acquired by CTVglobemedia in the final approved deal were seven television stations, some 33 radio stations, and 21 specialty channels, including Space: The Imagination Station.
On June 7th, CTV announced that the Space channel would be rebranded as CTV Sci-Fi.