|Launched||October 17, 1997(as Outdoor Life Network)|
|Owned by||Rogers Media|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Slogan||Outrageous Characters. Real Life.|
|Formerly called||Outdoor Life Network (1997-2008)|
|Bell TV||Channel 411 (SD)|
Channel 1411 (HD)
|Shaw Direct||Channel 457 (SD)|
Channel 122 (HD)
|Available on most Canadian cable systems||Check local listings, channels may vary|
|Bell Aliant Fibe TV||Channel 122 (SD)|
Channel 622 (HD)
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 411 (SD)|
Channel 1411 (HD)
|Bell MTS||Channel 176 (SD)|
Channel 1176 (HD)
|Optik TV||Channel 9357 (SD)|
Channel 357 (HD)
|SaskTel||Channel 160 (SD)|
Channel 460 (HD)
|VMedia||Channel 412 (HD)|
|Zazeen||Channel 113 (HD)|
OLN (formerly Outdoor Life Network) is a Canadian English-language Category A specialty channel. OLN primarily broadcasts factual-based adventure-related programming and reality television series primarily aimed at male audiences. OLN is wholly owned by Rogers Media, although the "OLN" name continues to be licensed from Bonnier Group, publishers of Outdoor Life magazine.
Licensed in September 1996 as Outdoor Life by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the channel launched on October 17, 1997, as Outdoor Life Network. Its initial owners were Baton Broadcasting (later CTVglobemedia), Rogers Media, and the Outdoor Life Network in the U.S., which was later acquired by Comcast.
It was announced on November 16, 2007, that Rogers would acquire the remaining interests in OLN from both CTVglobemedia and Comcast, leaving Rogers as the sole owner of OLN. The deal was approved by the CRTC on July 7, 2008, and was finalized on August 1, 2008, with Rogers taking operational control on August 31, 2008.
OLN was based on an American channel of the same name which had launched earlier in 1995, and shared much of its programming--including most prominently, coverage of the Tour de France. Due to restrictions in its CRTC licence that required it to maintain a focus on outdoors programming and because Bell and Rogers already owned TSN and Sportsnet respectively, OLN did not follow the suit of its American counterpart (which re-branded as "Versus", later becoming NBCSN in 2012) and become a mainstream sports channel. Instead, the OLN name and format was maintained, but with fewer shows from its former counterpart.