|Launched||September 7, 2001|
|Closed||June 1, 2015|
|Owned by||Stornoway Communications|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Slogan||Dance with Attitude|
|Sister channel(s)||The Pet Network
|Available on many Canadian cable systems||Check local listings|
|Optik TV||Channel 567|
bpm:tv (beats per minute television) is a Canadian English language Category B specialty channel owned by Stornoway Communications. bpm:tv's programming is devoted to dance music, club lifestyle, and the EDM genre - electronica, house, techno, eurodance, trance.
In November 2000, a partnership between Stornoway Communications and Cogeco called Stornoway Communications Limited Partnership, was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a television channel called The Dance Channel, described as "a national English-language Category 2 specialty television service devoted to all aspects of dance."
The channel was launched on September 7, 2001 as bpm:tv with a schedule largely focused on music video programming focusing on electronic dance music but steered away from the European based underground EDM and redirected it's interest towards a more mainstream radio sound .
In January 2004, the CRTC approved an application by Stornoway to acquire Cogeco's interest in the service.
On April 30, 2015, Cogeco announced on their Facebook page that bpm:tv will be "shutting down operations" effective June 1, 2015. The shutdown was subsequently confirmed by bpm:tv via an official announcement posted on their website.
The majority of bpm:tv's schedule is made up of music video-based programs. Other programs feature artist profiles, concerts, dance programming, and club lifestyle programs.
VJs & hosts
- René Escobar
- Jorie Brown
- Jeff Rustia
- Scott Fox
- Louie Lavella
- Miss Raquel
- DK Marky D
- Emily Tan
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