Super Channel
CountryCanada
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersEdmonton, Alberta
Programming
Language(s)English
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Ownership
OwnerAllarco Entertainment[1]
History
LaunchedNovember 2, 2007
Links
Websitewww.superchannel.ca
Availability
Streaming media
Amazon Prime ChannelsOver-the-top TV

Super Channel Entertainment Network (Formally and commonly known as Super Channel) is a Canadian English language premium cable and satellite television channel owned by Allarco Entertainment 2008 Inc. Super Channel's programming primarily includes theatrically released, first to television motion pictures and television series, along with documentaries and other niche programs.

The current Super Channel service was launched in 2007, and is not affiliated with the two pre-existing English-language premium channels which used the name at various times prior to 2001, which were later known as Movie Central (in Western Canada; defunct since March 2016) and The Movie Network (in Eastern Canada; merged with and relaunched as Crave in 2018). The Allards were the original owners of Movie Central, and later re-acquired rights to the Superchannel trademark. Prior to 2016, Super Channel was the first and only general-interest English-language pay television service authorized to operate nationally. Family Channel (with its multiplex channel Family Jr.) was the only other national pay television channel, though it currently operates as a de facto basic tier specialty channel.

Super Channel is available on nearly all major cable, IPTV and satellite providers including Telus Optik TV, Bell Satellite TV, Shaw Direct, Access Communications, Cogeco, Rogers Cable, Shaw Cable, Eastlink, SaskTel, Westman Communications, Bell MTS, Novus, VMedia, RiverTV, Amazon Channels, Apple TV Channels and other providers. Super Channel was granted as a "must carry" service by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), meaning all television service providers must carry the service on their systems.

History

Pre-Launch

Super Channel original logo from 2007 to 2018

Allarco was one of four applicants for new pay television licences that were considered at a public hearing held by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on October 24, 2005.[2] Its competing applicants were:

The Allarco application was approved on May 18, 2006, while the other three applicants were rejected.[7]

The Allard family were also the original owners of Movie Central, which during their stewardship until 2001 was known as "Superchannel", rendered as a single word title unlike the current service (for a time in the 1980s, First Choice (now The Movie Network) had also used the "Superchannel" name under a co-branding agreement). The "Movie Central" name was adopted shortly after Corus Entertainment acquired the service, but Corus maintained ownership of the "Superchannel" trademark. Just before the new channel's launch, the Allards re-acquired the rights to the "Superchannel" name under undisclosed terms.[8]

Super Channel was launched on November 2, 2007, on Bell Satellite TV.

Bankruptcy and Reemergence

Super Channel's parent company, Allarco Entertainment, entered into the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act on June 18, 2009.[9] On August 31, 2010, its creditors unanimously approved a restructuring plan for the company under the act. The restructuring plan, which needed approval of the court, was later approved.[citation needed]

On May 26, 2016, Allarco filed for bankruptcy a second time. The next round of submissions to the court are due April 21, 2017, meaning the creditor protection is still open.[10] As part of this process 96 of the 135[11] licensed content agreements were terminated.

On February 15, 2017, it was announced that a Canadian version of Ginx TV would launch as a replacement for one of Super Channel's multiplex channels.[12] Replacing Super Channel 4, Ginx eSports TV Canada launched on May 4, 2017, with a live Canadian edition of The Bridge, a late night talk show.[13]

On February 22, 2017, Super Channel announced it had acquired the Canadian broadcast rights to the Legends Football League, as part of a three-year deal in which Super Channel will be the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of all LFL games through the 2019 season. The LFL will be used to launch the "Super Channel SPORTS" sub-brand that will be used for all sporting events and sports-themed programming.[14] Super Channel 1 debuted LFL Football Night on April 22, 2017.[15]

On April 4, 2017, Super Channel announced that it would rebrand Super Channel 3 as Super Channel VAULT on April 28, 2017. The channel is described as offering programming based on "a collection of hand-picked, fan-favourites, critically-acclaimed films."[16]

In 2018, after emerging from creditor protection, Allarco announced the relaunch of Super Channel with the rebranding of SC1 and SC2 as Super Channel Fuse and Super Channel Heart & Home and the service adopting the Super Channel Entertainment Network branding.[17][18]

In 2020, the service announced a partnership with the Canadian Film Festival, and broadcast the films that had been slated to premiere at the festival prior to its cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada.[19]

Channels

List of channels

Depending on the service provider, Super Channel provides up to eight multiplex channels – four 24-hour multiplex channels, all of which are simulcast in both standard definition and high definition – as well as a subscription video-on-demand service (Super Channel On Demand). Super Channel broadcasts its primary channel and multiplex channels on an Eastern Time Zone schedule, operating a singular feed for all channels, this results in the difference in local airtimes for a particular movie or program between two geographic locations being three hours at most.

Channel Description and programming
Super Channel Fuse This channel carries general interest movies, television series, documentaries and concerts.
Super Channel Heart & Home This channel is similar to Super Channel Fuse, but it focuses on a family-oriented selection of programming.
Super Channel Vault This channel airs a collection of hand-picked, fan-favourites, critically acclaimed films.
Ginx eSports TV Canada This channel is devoted to eSports-related programming.

Other services

Super Channel HD

Super Channel HD is a high definition simulcast feed of Super Channel that broadcasts in the 1080i resolution format. In addition to its main channel, Super Channel also operates high definition simulcast feeds of all three multiplex channels. Initially, Allarco launched two high definition feeds upon the launch of the service in November 2007: Super Channel HD 1 and Super Channel HD 2. Super Channel HD 1 simulcast the standard definition feed of the same name, while Super Channel HD 2 initially aired programming from the three remaining SD feeds. In February 2013, Allarco launched HD feeds for the two remaining channels, Super Channel 3 and Super Channel 4, with each HD channel now simulcasting their standard definition equivalent.

Super Channel On Demand

Super Channel operates a subscription video-on-demand television service called Super Channel On Demand, which is available at no additional charge to new and existing subscribers of Super Channel. Content featured on the service includes movies, acquired foreign series and special features previously seen on the linear television network.[citation needed]

Super Channel+

On September 25, 2023, Allarco launched a standalone Super Channel+ subscription service for Roku devices.[20] It offers the linear channels as well as video-on-demand content.

FAST Channels

Allarco introduced two free ad-supported streaming television channels in October 2023 as part of Tubi's launch of that service in Canada.[21] Super Channel Uncovered is themed around true crime programming, while Super Channel Hearties focuses on romance. The two channels were added to Xumo the following month.[22]

Programming

Super Channel's main programming consists of television series and both theatrically released and made for TV movies, including domestically produced programming, shows acquired from U.S cable networks, foreign films, and international series.[23][24]

From its launch until December 2015, Super Channel was the broadcaster for 20th Century Studios films from January 2007 to February 2015. The Movie Network took over the deal in January 2016 for releases starting in March 2015, and shared with Disney+ effective 2021, sister channel Starz Canada broadcasts the entire back catalogue.

Original programs

References

  1. ^ Allarco Entertainment 2008, Inc.
  2. ^ Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2005-6 July 21, 2005
  3. ^ BOOMTV licence applications
  4. ^ TCFC licence application
  5. ^ Spotlight licence application
  6. ^ HBO Canada coming, but with a catch, Grant Robertson, The Globe and Mail, September 23, 2008
  7. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2006-193, May 18, 2006
  8. ^ Is this a new pay-TV service or a rerun?, Barbara Shecter, National Post, July 30, 2007
  9. ^ Vlessing, Etan (June 18, 2009). "Super Channel files for bankruptcy protection". The Hollywood Reporter.
  10. ^ [1] PWC CCAA Notice
  11. ^ [2] Inside Super Channel’s post-CCAA filing programming strategy
  12. ^ "First 24-hour eSports Channel to Launch in Canada". Canada NewsWire. June 18, 2009.
  13. ^ Super Channel kicks off eSports net, May 5, 2017
  14. ^ "Super Channel kicks off new sports programming sub-brand with the acquisition of popular US sports franchise, Legends Football League". Canada NewsWire. February 22, 2017.
  15. ^ "Super Channel Lands LFL for New Sports Sub-Brand". Worldscreen. February 22, 2017.
  16. ^ Super Channel VAULT to launch April 28 CNW press release 04-04-17
  17. ^ "Allarco exits creditor protection, rebrands Super Channel". RealScreen, April 11, 2018.
  18. ^ "Super Channel to rebrand".
  19. ^ "Postponed Canadian Film Fest finds new home on Super Channel". Canadian Press, April 20, 2020.
  20. ^ Mirza, Taimur Sikander (September 25, 2023). "Super Channel+ app launches on Roku in Canada". Playback. Brunico Communications. Retrieved December 30, 2023.
  21. ^ "Tubi Expands Offering In Canada Launching Over 40 FAST Channels In Territory". Tubi (Press release). Fox Corporation. October 24, 2023. Retrieved December 30, 2023.
  22. ^ "Xumo Play Channel Lineup" (PDF). Xumo. Retrieved December 30, 2023.
  23. ^ Super Channel Website
  24. ^ Super Channel website