TV5 Québec Canada
|Launched||September 1, 1988|
|Owned by||Le Consortium de télévision Québec Canada|
(Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Association des producteurs de films et de télévision du Québec)
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV) |
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
|Slogan||Voir les choses autrement|
(See things differently)
|Bell TV||Channel 145 (SD)|
Channel 1835 (HD)
|Shaw Direct||Channel 761 (SD) |
Channel 414 / 251 (HD)
|Available on most cable systems||Channel slots vary on each operator|
|Bell Aliant Fibe TV||Channel 805 (SD)|
Channel 905 (HD)
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 134 (SD)|
Channel 1134 (HD)
|Bell MTS||Channel 405 (SD)|
|Optik TV||Channel 8090 (SD)|
Channel 2090 (HD)
|SaskTel||Channel 272 (SD)|
Channel 572 (HD)
|Telus Quebec||Channel 5 (SD)|
Channel 505 (HD)
|VMedia||Channel 651 (HD; Ontario)|
Channel 127 (HD; Québec)
|Zazeen||Channel 34 (HD)|
The channel shares a broadcast licence with its sister network, Unis, a channel devoted to broadcasting programming primarily focusing on Canadian French-speaking communities, in particular, those living outside of Quebec.
The idea of a Canadian feed of TV5Monde (then known simply as TV5 Canada) was first proposed in 1986 when le Consortium de télévision Québec Canada (Television Consortium Québec Canada in English, comprising CBC/Radio Canada, Télé-Quebec, TFO and the Association des producteurs de films et de télévision du Québec) joined the TV5 consortium the same year. The proposed channel underwent a CRTC hearing on specialty channel applications in July 1987, and TV5 Québec Canada was launched on September 1, 1988 as the spiritual successor to the cable television channel TVFQ 99 (fr), which was originally launched in 1979 as a joint venture between Vidéotron and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to rebroadcast TF1, Antenne 2 and FR3 programming in Canada.
TV5 Canada has a partnership with TV5Monde, the second-most widely distributed network in the world reaching over 180 million households in over 200 countries. Unlike TV5MONDE which is based in Paris, France, and supervises the distribution of signals to all continents, TV5 Canada is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, and is owned by the non-profit group Le Consortium de télévision Québec Canada inc. (CTQC) which distributes and manages the channel in Canada.
As with the TV5Monde consortium, CTQC is also a cooperative organisation, currently structured as follows: one representative from each of the following, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (also known as Radio-Canada), Télé-Québec, TFO and the Association des producteurs de films et de télévision du Québec (APFTQ) with two representatives appointed by the minister of Canadian Heritage, two others by Quebec's minister responsible for culture and communications and its minister responsible for international relations, while the remaining member of the board of directors is the president and CEO of CTQC.
Canadian content is provided primarily by Télé-Québec and TFO, while foreign programming comes from the France Télévisions group, Arte France, RTBF (French language public broadcaster in Belgium), RTS (French language public broadcaster in Switzerland) and CIRTEF (council representing French-speaking Africa).
While Radio-Canada and TVA are also partners in TV5 and provide programming to the international parent channel, as both are already widely available across Canada most of their programming is replaced on the Canadian version by content from Télé-Québec and TFO.
Unlike most other Canadian licensed channels, especially analogue licensed, TV5 Canada airs a considerably lower amount of Canadian content than other Canadian services: only 15% during its entire broadcasting day and 15% in primetime. Of this amount, it presents at least 104 hours of original first-run Canadian programming per year.
TV5 Canada HD
On June 10, 2009, TV5 launched an HD simulcast of TV5.