MovieTime logo
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
OwnerCorus Entertainment
(Corus Television LP)
Sister channelsCMT
ABC Spark
LaunchedSeptember 7, 2001; 22 years ago (September 7, 2001)
Former namesLonestar (2001-2008)

MovieTime is a Canadian English language specialty channel owned by Corus Entertainment. It primarily broadcasts films, with 250 titles per month and back-to-back movies on the weekends. Unlike other Canadian movie channels, MovieTime operates as an advertiser-supported service.


In November 2000, Canwest, through its subsidiary Global Television Network Inc., was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a television channel called Adventure, described as "a national English-language Category 2 specialty television service devoted to action and adventure programming. Its program schedule will run the gamut from contemporary "popcorn" action and adventure films and series, to classical westerns, rodeo and western horse shows."[1]

The channel was launched under the name Lonestar on September 7, 2001, focusing exclusively on Western and rural-themed programming such as films, television dramas, and lifestyle series. After a few years, Lonestar began to air more general action and adventure programming unrelated to the Western theme of its early years, a considerable amount of that being movies, to the point where they made up the majority of the schedule. On August 21, 2008, Canwest announced that Lonestar would be rebranded as MovieTime, focusing on contemporary films. The name change took effect on October 6, 2008.[2] A high definition simulcast feed of MovieTime was launched on March 12, 2010.[3]

On October 27, 2010, Shaw Communications gained control of MovieTime as a result of its acquisition of Canwest, which was renamed Shaw Media.[4] On April 1, 2016, Shaw Media was sold to Corus Entertainment.[5]


2001 - present October 6, 2008
2001–2008 2008–present MovieTime HD logo


  1. ^ Decision CRTC 2000-571 CRTC 2000-12-14
  2. ^ Hank, Melissa. Canwest launches new channel 2004-08-24[dead link]
  3. ^ MovieTime launches in High Definition, CNW, 11 March 2010
  4. ^ Shaw Communications closes purchase of Canwest TV assets, rebrands as Shaw Media[dead link]
  5. ^ "Corus Entertainment Completes Acquisition of Shaw Media". Retrieved April 2, 2016.