GolTV (Canadian TV channel)
|Launched||November 1, 2005|
|Closed||August 31, 2015|
|Owned by||Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Slogan||Canada's 24-hour Soccer Network|
GolTV was a Canadian English language Category B specialty channel. GolTV was exclusively dedicated to association football (soccer), with live and recorded sporting events from around the world, and news programs. GolTV was owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE).
In August 2005, Insight Sports (on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated) was granted a television broadcasting licence by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for The Soccer Net, described as "a national English-language Category 2 specialty programming undertaking devoted to soccer and soccer enthusiasts. The programming will focus on instruction from beginner to advanced play and on amateur and professional soccer games. All of the programming will be devoted to soccer or soccer-related subjects."
On January 23, 2009, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, owners of Major League Soccer franchise Toronto FC (along with other major sports teams in the city), announced they would acquire Insight Sports' interest in GolTV. The deal was approved by the CRTC on June 2, 2009. In 2015, MLSE reported to the CRTC that it had bought out GOL TV USA's stake in the channel.
On July 6, 2015, in a notice to revoke the license of GolTV Canada posted on the CRTC website, it was revealed that the channel would be ceasing operations on August 31, 2015. According to the timetable shown on their website, GolTV Canada would cease broadcasting on August 31, 2015 after it finished airing the whole third season of a Toronto FC documentary "All For One" starting at 9:30pm (Eastern Time), while their website would redirect to the Toronto FC's website.
GolTV Canada featured live and taped events from the following leagues and competitions:
- Brazil: Campeonato Brasileiro, Campeonato Paulista
- Canada / USA: Major League Soccer (including team-specific coverage of Toronto FC)
- Germany: Bundesliga
- Mexico: Liga de Ascenso (2nd division)
- Spain: Copa del Rey (final only), Supercopa de España
GolTV broadcast international matches, including friendlies and qualifiers, including:
- CONCACAF: Women's Pre-Olympic Tournament
- CONMEBOL: South American Youth Championship
- FIFA: Selected World Cup Qualifiers
- Bundesliga Magazine
- Canadian Football Weekly
- Foot Brazil
- Football Today
- GolTV News
- Hallo Bundesliga
- Liga BBVA
- MLS Weekly
- Off The Pitch
- Oh My Gol!
GolTV announced on December 5, 2011 that it would launch HD programming in partnership with the RealSports and Xbox 360. HD programming will be available via a free app for the Xbox 360 with a monthly subscription fee.
GolTV officially launched its HD service on television systems in November 2012 with EastLink. GolTV Canada HD was also available on Ch.428 on Rogers.
- "Maple Leafs & Raptors" (PDF). Canadian Radio-Television Commission. 2015-03-05. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2005-380 CRTC 2005-08-03
- Gol TV Canada to launch on November 1st Archived 2012-04-04 at the Wayback Machine Channel Canada 2005-10-27
- Canoe.ca: MLSE scores GolTV 23 January 2009
- Broadcasting Information Bulletin CRTC 2009-323
- Gol TV – Revocation of licence
- The last schedule of GolTV Canada
- http://torontofc.neulion.com/tfc/console.jsp?catid=2&id=3890[permanent dead link]