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Super Écran is a Canadian premium television network owned by Bell Media. It airs a mix of commercial-free films and television series. Films are primarily sourced from the United States and Canada, while the television series consist of original series and programs from HBO and Showtime in the United States.

Super Écran
Super Écran logo.png
LaunchedFebruary 1, 1983
Owned byBell Media
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersMontreal, Quebec
Formerly calledPremier Choix
Premier Choix: TVEC
Sister channel(s)Crave
HBO Canada
TMN Encore
Bell TVChannels 180-183 (SD)
Channels 1890-1892 (HD)
Shaw DirectChannels 780-782, 784 (SD)
Channels 386, 389, 392 / 246, 249, 237 (HD)
Available on most cable systemsChannel slots vary on each operator
Bell Aliant Fibe TVChannels 881-884 (SD)
Channels 981-984 (HD)
Bell Fibe TVChannels 161-164 (SD)
Channels 1161-1164 (HD)
Telus QuebecChannels 401-404 (SD)
Channels 591-594 (HD)
VMediaChannels 301-304 (HD)


Launched on February 1, 1983 under the name Premier Choix, the channel was licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to provide a national 24-hour-a-day French-language pay television network. It was owned and operated by First Choice Canadian Communications.[1]

Premier Choix had a difficult time attracting enough subscribers, as did a regional Quebec-based pay-television network called TVEC which was licensed in November 1982. Rogers Cable in Toronto couldn't add the channel until September 1983, and Videon Cable in Winnipeg didn't have the additional channel capacity to add it until its dispute with Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS) over ownership of the cable plant was settled.

In the early years, before Réseau des sports and MusiquePlus were licensed, programming consisted of 70% movies and 30% sports.

TVEC (Télévision de l'Est du Canada Inc.) was licensed in November 1982 as a regional French-language pay-TV channel from Quebec, serving Quebec, eastern Ontario, and Atlantic Canada (New Brunswick).

In February 1984 these two channels combined to form Super Écran.[2][3]

In the late 1980s, Premier Choix: TVEC was awarded licenses for three additional specialty services, including Canal D, Le Canal Famille,

The network was granted authorization for national distribution across Canada in 1996.[4]

On October 30, 2006 Astral Media launched an HD simulcast of Super Écran. Later, Astral launched HD feeds for all three remaining channels.

On March 4, 2013, the Competition Bureau approved the takeover of Astral Media by Bell Media.[5] Bell filed a new application for the proposed takeover with the CRTC on March 6, 2013;[6] the CRTC approved the merger on June 27, 2013.[7] On Shaw Cable, only the first multiplex channel is available.

Multiplexes and programmingEdit

Super Écran offers an extensive variety of Hollywood and Canadian movies, television series from HBO and Showtime, and original content. Super Écran operates four multiplex channels, numbered from 1 to 4 in standard and high-definition. A video on demand service, "Super Écran Sur Demande", is offered for digital cable and satellite subscribers, featuring programming from the Super Écran channels.

International distributionEdit


  1. ^ "Here Comes Pay-TV". TV Guide. January 15, 1983.
  2. ^ "New pay-Tv channel launched". Winnipeg Free Press. February 2, 1984.
  3. ^ CRTC Decision 84-32
  4. ^ CRTC Decision 97-18
  5. ^ BCE takeover of Astral OK’d by Competition Bureau, The Montreal Gazette (via The Canadian Press), March 4, 2013.
  6. ^ Astral and Bell Comment on New Acquisition Application to CRTC, Broadcaster Magazine, March 6, 2013.
  7. ^ CRTC approves Bell-Astral merger, CBC News, June 27, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2013.

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