ESPN Classic (Canadian TV channel)
ESPN Classic is a Canadian English language Category B specialty channel owned by CTV Speciality Television Inc. (Bell Media (80%) and ESPN (20%). ESPN Classic broadcasts a range of archive sports coverage, talk shows, documentaries and films.
ESPN Classic logo
|Launched||September 7, 2001|
|Owned by||CTV Speciality Television|
(Bell Media 80%
ESPN Inc. 20%)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Shaw Direct||Channel 125 / 464|
|Available on many Canadian cable systems||Check local listings, channels may vary|
|Bell Aliant Fibe TV||Channel 130|
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 412|
|Bell MTS||Channel 202|
|Optik TV||Channel 951|
ESPN Classic was licensed as Classic Sports in November 2000 by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), and was launched on September 7, 2001 as ESPN Classic Canada. A few years after its launch, "Canada" was dropped from its name and logo to "ESPN Classic". ESPN Classic is the only ESPN-branded channel broadcasting in Canada, although in addition to owning a stake in the Canadian version of ESPN Classic, ESPN is part-owner of TSN (which uses on-air branding similar to the flagship ESPN channel in the U.S.), along with Bell Media.
The channel's programming consists primarily of archived sporting events associated with TSN-owned event rights, including hockey (particularly IIHF events), the CFL and NFL, basketball, and curling, as well as SportsCentre-branded highlights compilations and countdowns originating from the main TSN network.
- Decision CRTC 2000-578 CRTC 2000-12-14
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