The Shopping Channel
is a Canadian English language cable television home shopping channel
. The Shopping Channel is a division of Rogers Media
. The channel is headquartered
. It showcases various products throughout the day of which viewers can purchase either by telephone or internet. TSC also distributes a catalogue twice per year and owns an off-air
outlet store located in Toronto.
The only day that TSC doesn't sell any items is Christmas
Day. Sale broadcasts are replaced by Christmas scenes with holiday music in the background. TSC usually goes dark for the Christmas holiday at about 4 p.m. EST
Christmas Eve. They go back to standard broadcasting at 7 a.m. EST Boxing Day
As with most home shopping cable channels, the products, such as jewellery and dresses, are mainly aimed at a female audience.
Founded by Canadian entrepreneur, John Goldberg, The Shopping Channel went on the air in January, 1987. It was originally known as the Canadian Home Shopping Network (CHSN), under the umbrella of the Canadian Home Shopping Club (CHSC), and was affiliated with the U.S. Home Shopping Network HSN
. The channel was exempted from licensing by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
(CRTC), but for several years this was on the condition the channel not use live motion video to demonstrate its products. Animated graphics could be used, but otherwise CHSC was limited to a slide-show format. This restriction was lifted in 1995.
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