ATN Channel logo
|Owned by||Asian Television Network|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|Formerly called||SATV (South Asian Television)
ATN Zee TV
|Bell TV||Channel 702|
|Shaw Direct||Channel 808|
|Available on many Canadian cable systems||Check local listings, channels may vary|
|Bell Aliant TV||Channel 676|
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 811 (HD)|
|Optik TV||Channel 2303|
ATN Channel is a Canadian Category A specialty channel, owned by Asian Television Network (ATN). It is the flagship channel of the Asian Television Network and features programmming from STAR Plus as well as Canadian content in several South Asian languages.
On September 4, 1996, South Asian Television Canada Limited was granted approval from the CRTC to launch an ethnic specialty television channel called SATV, a regional service catering to the South Asian community in Ontario.
On August 7, 1997, South Asian Television Canada Limited received approval to convert SATV into a national service, available across Canada.
The channel officially launched in May 1998 as ATN via cable and satellite.
On February 13, 2001, ATN signed an agreement with Zee Enterprises, securing the exclusive rights to programming from Zee TV, India's top rated channel at the time. This milestone agreement marked the first major content acquisition for ATN and resulted in Zee TV becoming the main source of programming for ATN channel which was subsequently renamed ATN Zee TV.
On September 7, 2006, ATN signed an agreement with STAR Plus, India's top rated entertainment channel. Programming from STAR Plus was subsequently added to the lineup of ATN Zee TV in October 2006 and resulted in the channel being renamed ATN channel.
On January 23, 2013, it was announced that ATN would no longer be airing any programming from Zee TV as of February 1, 2013, due to the expiration of its licensing agreement with Zee. It was also announced that ATN plans on launching an HD feed of ATN channel in March 2013.
On January 29, 2013, it was announced that Zee TV Canada will be launched as a 24/7 channel in Canada, which will be available on Bell, Telus, Rogers. http://www.indiantelevision.com/headlines/y2k13/jan/jan253.php
- SATV license approval
- License amendment converting SATV into National service
- Historic Alliance between ATN and ZeeTV
- SKY IS THE LIMIT
- ATN targets March for HD launch of ATN Channel