TLN is the flagship television network of the TLN Media Group, which is dedicated to multi-ethnic programming.

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LaunchedOctober 2, 1984
Owned byTLN Media Group
Joseph Vitale (28%)
R. Di Battista Investments (24%)
I.P. Rosati Holdings (24%)
Aldo Di Felice (24%)
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Timeshift serviceTelelatino West
Bell TVChannel 700 (East) (SD)
Shaw DirectChannel 367 / 800 (East) (HD, SD until 2018)
CogecoChannel 1114 (East) (SD)
Channel 1115 (HD)
Rogers CableChannel 782 (East) (SD)
Channel 783 (West) (SD)
Channel 35 (HD)
Shaw CableChannel 65 (East) (SD)
VidéotronChannel 250 (East) (SD)
Bell Fibe TVChannel 700 (East) (HD)
Bell MTSChannel 165 (East) (SD)
Optik TVChannel 2659 (East) (SD)
VMediaChannel 35 (East) (SD)

TLN is a Canadian discretionary service that began broadcasting in October 1984. TLN broadcasts English language general interest programming aimed primarily at Italian and Spanish viewers.

The network is owned by the privately held TLN Media Group, a consortium owned by three prominent Italian Canadian families and network president Aldo Di Felice. Corus Entertainment previously owned a 50.5% majority share in the company; it later sold its interest to its existing partners and Di Felice for $19 million.[1]

TLN is available in almost six million Canadian homes and is carried by all major cable systems and satellite platforms. It is Canada's most watched ethnic specialty channel. TLN operates two time shifted feeds: East (Eastern Time) and West (Pacific Time), the latter is available via Bell Fibe TV and Rogers Cable in Ontario and New Brunswick.

The network broadcasts via the Anik F1-T25 at 107.3 degrees west, on the L-Band channel at 1221.75 MHz.[2]


TLN's Spanish-language foreign programming comes primarily from two broadcasters: Univision and CNN en Español. The Italian language programming is derived primarily from Canale 5, a channel owned by Mediaset- Italy's leading commercial broadcaster. TLN also airs some programming from SKY TG24, a news network in Italy and Video Italia, an Italian music service. English language programming on TLN primarily features characters and stars with an Italian or Hispanic background. Such programming includes The Sopranos, Everybody Loves Raymond, George Lopez and Lopez Tonight.

TLN broadcasts a substantial amount of soccer programming, airing Serie A matches since 1984. After some years without Serie A broadcast, TLN secured the rights to air all matches between 2018 and 2021.[3] and UEFA Champions League matches involving Italian and Spanish teams from 2002 to 2009. In 2009, TLN secured the rights to the UEFA Europa League to become the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of this tournament through to 2012.[4] TLN has also broadcast the last three editions of the Copa América, FIFA World Cup, and UEFA European Football Championship. It was announced in 2006 that TLN has partnered with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to air matches from various FIFA tournaments, including the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, as the CBC was recently awarded the broadcast rights to various FIFA tournaments.[5] Additionally, the TLN networks also hold the exclusive Canadian rights to Mexican Primera Division soccer, including games broadcast over the Univision networks in the U.S. In late 2015, TLN began showing games played by the Canadian national team for both 2018 World Cup qualification cycle and 2016 Olympic Qualifying tournament.

TLN is also known to air Spanish-language erotica. Current programming includes Latin Lover from 2:30 am to 3:00 am on Saturdays and Sundays, and the same 24 episodes of Cuentos Prohibidos (Bliss dubbed in Spanish) otherwise from 2:30am to 4:30am Tuesdays to Sundays.

Controversy with RAIEdit

From its inception up until mid-2003, TLN's Italian programming was derived primarily from RAI, Italy's state owned broadcaster, which made a commitment in 1984 to supply programming to Canada through TLN for as long as TLN was licensed in Canada. A dispute arose in 2003 when the head of RAI's international channel, decided to repudiate RAI's supply obligations as well as its 2001 agreement to launch a 24-hour RAI Canada channel, in favour of challenging Canada's regulatory regime by indicating that it wanted to deliver RAI programming through its own international channel on its own terms without restriction and not through TLN or through any Canadian programming partner. Later in the same year, RAI pulled its content from TLN and petitioned the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to allow it to broadcast RAI International in Canada.[6] This effort was backed by Rogers Communications, who sponsored RAI's application to get on the CRTC's approved list. After initially being rejected by the CRTC in 2004 in strong terms, RAI International was eventually approved by the CRTC in the spring of 2005 and began broadcasting in June 2005. After RAI International was launched in Canada, TLN began airing programming from Mediaset.

Other servicesEdit

On October 23, 2007, TLN launched TLN en Español, a Category B Spanish language general entertainment channel.[7] It was subsequently re-branded as Univision Canada on May 5, 2014.

On November 1, 2011, TLN launched TeleNiños, a Spanish language spinoff channel broadcasting programs aimed at children and families.

On June 5, 2012, TLN launched TLN HD, a high definition feed simulcasting TLN East. Unlike the standard definition feed that has both an East and West coast feed, TLN HD has only one national feed operating from the Eastern Time Zone. It is currently available on Cogeco, Rogers Cable and Bell Fibe TV.

On December 4, 2014, TLN launched Telebimbi, a second child and family-oriented network, this time airing programming in the Italian language.

On November 20, 2018, Shaw Direct launched the HD feed of TLN, replacing the standard definition feed at the same number as part of their HD Network Upgrade.

TLN Media GroupEdit

In addition to TLN and channel spinoffs, the company owns the following television assets:

Defunct channels include:


  1. ^ TLN buys back its shares from Corus
  2. ^ [1] Archived 2006-07-03 at the Wayback Machine Corporate Info
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  4. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-02-10. Retrieved 2010-04-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ [2] Archived 2007-02-19 at the Wayback Machine TLN Television partners up with CBC/Radio-Canada to broadcast all major FIFA international tournaments through 2014
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-01-02. Retrieved 2009-11-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Italian Channel battles for carriage
  7. ^ Sloot, Corrie. "Annex Business Media – Canada – Publishing – Printing – Magazine – B2B". Retrieved 12 April 2018.

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