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Space (or SPACE) is a Canadian broadcasting channel which is owned and operated by BCE Inc., a large telecommunications and media corporation. Its primary programming includes science fiction, fantasy, and horror-related series and documentaries. The station debuted in October 1997 with the film Forbidden Planet.

All six of the Star Trek shows have been broadcast or re-run on the channel. For many years, the channel also aired marathons of the Star Trek films around Christmas and during the summer months. Bell Media no longer owns the rights to show the films and they now air on Shaw Media-owned cable channels including Movietime and Action.

The station is notable for being the only channel in the world to have aired all five live-action Star Trek series together on a regular Monday-to-Friday schedule for a number of years. Nonetheless, Star Trek: Enterprise was dropped in 2007 and Star Trek: The Original Series was replaced by its remastered version in November 2009. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine re-runs ceased in September 2011.

InnerSPACE, Space's daily genre news program, frequently features Star Trek productions and its cast members. The show also produced the InnerSPACE: Behind The Scenes: Star Trek special in 2009.

In early July 2012, Star Trek: The Next Generation was removed from the summer lineup, leaving the remastered Original Series and Star Trek: Voyager as the only Star Trek series left on Space. However, The Next Generation began to air again in September 2012 where it replaced The Original Series on the schedule. The first season of The Next Generation was shown in its high-definition remastered format.

A marathon of The Original Series was aired on Space in March 2015 in remembrance of Leonard Nimoy.

On 26 February 2016, The Next Generation and Voyager aired for the last time on Space. Both shows' episodes had run sequentially from Monday to Friday starting at 4:00 pm EST and were replayed twelve hours later. This marked the first time that Space had not aired a Star Trek program as part of its regular schedule in many years.

Starting on Thursday, September 1, 2016, Space aired a 10-hour marathon each day celebrating the franchise's 50th anniversary with each series' popular episodes. The marathon started with Enterprise, followed by Deep Space Nine, Voyager, The Next Generation and The Original Series culminating on Labor Day. In addition, all five series will be restored to the channel on September 6, 2016. Enterprise and Deep Space Nine will air in the morning, with The Original Series, The Next Generation and Voyager airing in the late afternoon.

In Canada, the premiere episode of Star Trek: Discovery will initially air on CTV, Space's sister network, with subsequent episodes slated to be shown in first run on Space (in English) and on Z (in French). The episodes will be shown concurrently with CBS All Access' airings in the US, beginning in January 2017. [1]

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