Z
Z logo
CountryCanada
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersMontreal, Quebec
Programming
Language(s)French
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Ownership
OwnerBell Media
Sister channelsNoovo
CTV Sci-Fi Channel
Canal D
Canal Vie
History
LaunchedJanuary 31, 2000 (24 years ago) (2000-01-31)
Former namesCanal Z (2000–2005)
Ztélé (2005–2014)
Links
WebsiteZ (in French)

Z [zɛd] is a Canadian French language specialty channel owned by Bell Media. Z focuses on programming primarily from the science fiction, fantasy, and technology genres consisting of dramas, films, and documentaries.

History

In May 1999, Radiomutuel Inc. was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for a television broadcasting licence for a channel called Canal Z, aux limites du savoir, described as "a national French-language television specialty service that is dedicated entirely to science and technology, the earth and its secrets, space exploration, the paranormal and science fiction, lifestyles and computer science."[1]

Before the channel was launched, in June 1999, Astral Media announced its intention to purchase Radiomutuel,[2] which was approved by the CRTC on January 12, 2000[3] and closed shortly thereafter.

The channel launched on January 31, 2000[4] as Canal Z (often referred to as simply Z). The channel was renamed Ztélé in 2005 and a new logo was introduced. In 2006, an HD feed debuted.

Astral Media was acquired by Bell Media on July 5, 2013, making Ztélé a sister channel to the English-language science-fiction channel Space, while retaining its other sister stations. Disney Junior was sold to DHX Media, and MusiMax and MusiquePlus were sold to V Media Group, both deals occurring the next year.

As of August 25, 2014, the channel has been renamed Z.[5]

On August 16, 2023, Z and Vrak were removed from Vidéotron, a cable service serving most major markets in Quebec.[6]

Z HD

On October 30, 2006, Astral Media launched "Z HD" (then-known as "Ztélé HD"), a HD simulcast of Z's standard definition feed.[7]

References

  1. ^ (CRTC), Government of Canada, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (21 May 1999). "ARCHIVED - Decision CRTC 99-110, Summary". www.crtc.gc.ca.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "Astral bids on Radiomutuel". playbackonline.ca.
  3. ^ (CRTC), Government of Canada, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. "ARCHIVED - Summary - Transfer of effective control from Radiomutuel inc. to Astral Communications inc". www.crtc.gc.ca.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Astral integrates Radiomutuel TV". playbackonline.ca.
  5. ^ "Bell Media - Details". bellmediapr.ca.
  6. ^ https://www.iheartradio.ca/rouge-fm/rouge-fm-drummondville/nouvelles/fin-des-emissions-pour-vrak-apres-23-ans-1.20139779
  7. ^ "La haute définition en français". Infopresse. 30 October 2006.