Galaxie

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Galaxie
Galaxie.svg
Galaxie logo
Launched September 10, 1997
Owned by Stingray Digital
Slogan Your Musical Universe (English)
Votre Univers Musical (French)
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec
Website Galaxie

Galaxie is a Canadian multilingual digital pay television audio service owned by Stingray Digital.

Programming[edit]

Galaxie consists of 100 commercial-free music based audio channels, each devoted to a particular genre, distributed through digital television platforms. Each channel consists of a continuous stream of music or audio, using no live, on-air disc jockeys. Galaxie channels are programmed in English, French, and a variety of other languages.

Each channel has its own unique programmer, a professional from the music industry with experience and knowledge in the genre of music the channel caters to.

Channels[edit]

Rock[edit]

  • Adult Alternative
  • Canadian Indie
  • Classic Rock
  • Franco Attitude
  • Headbangers
  • Rock
  • RockAlternative
 

Pop[edit]

  • Dance Clubbin'
  • Easy Listening
  • Flashback 70's
  • Franco Pop
  • Franco Rétro
  • Greatest Hits
  • Hip Hop
  • Hit List
  • Jukebox Oldies
  • Latino Urbana
  • Le Top Détente
  • Maximum Party
  • Nostalgie
  • Nothin' but 90's
  • Pop Adult
  • Remember the 80's
  • Soul'n R&B
  • Souvenirs
  • Swinging Standards
  • The Light
  • Today's Latin Pop
  • Urban Beat
 

GalaxiePLUS[edit]

  • Arabic
  • Around the World
  • Bollywood Hits
  • Celtic
  • Eclectic Electronic
  • Folk Roots
  • Guangdong
  • Hindi Gold
  • Jammin'
  • Kids' Stuff
  • Latino Tropical
  • Mando Pop
  • Mousses Musique
  • Nature
  • Punjabi
  • Sounds of South India
  • The Asian Flavour
  • The Chill Lounge
  • The Spa
  • World Carnival
 

Jazz[edit]

  • Big Band
  • Jazz Masters
  • Jazz Now
  • Smooth Jazz
  • The Blues
 

Classical[edit]

  • Baroque
  • Chamber Music
  • Classic Masters
  • Classical India
  • Opéra Plus
  • Pop Classics

Country[edit]

  • Country Classics
  • Franco Country
  • Hot Country
 

History[edit]

Galaxie launched on September 10, 1997 under the ownership of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.[1]

Because of service duplication, in 2002, Galaxie and Max Trax (a similar television service owned by Corus Entertainment at the time) agreed to provide a joint 40-channel audio distribution service to satellite and digital cable television providers called Galaxie Max Trax. The package consisted of 20 Galaxie and 20 Max Trax channels.

On October 1, 2009 the Max Trax brand was discontinued, as its owners, Stingray Digital, (who purchased Max Trax from Corus in February 2009) and the CBC merged the two services together under the Galaxie brand. Stingray Digital, who had been operating as the exclusive sales and development agent for Galaxie since late 2007, officially took over as managing partner in the service upon completion of merger.[2][3]

According to Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) records, Stingray purchased Galaxie from the CBC in May 2011.[4]

On November 18, 2011, Stingray announced it had expanded the number of Galaxie channels available to be offered to distributors to 100.[5] On January 10, 2012, Shaw Cable was the first distributor in Canada to launch 15 of those additional channels, the majority of which were focused on various genres of multicultural and multilingual music.[6] The full slate of new channels were rolled out to consumers when SaskTel became the first distributor to carry all 100 channels in May 2012.[7]

International Expansion[edit]

Galaxie is also carried in both the United States and the Caribbean via various television providers. Expansion began in 2009 with the addition of Stingray to various smaller market television providers in the U.S. and in 2010, Galaxie was added to WIV Cable TV in the Turks and Caicos[8] as well as Trinidad and Tobago.[9] In April 2011, Galaxie further expanded their reach in the US when American cable company Insight Communications chose Galaxie as their new cable radio provider to replace the defunct MTV Networks "URGE TV" cable radio service across their service area in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio.[10] Galaxie further expanded into the Caribbean with the launch onto Jamaican television provider Telstar Cable.[9] In October 2011, Galaxie was further added to more US television services.[11] Galaxie furthered its expansion into the Caribbean and Latin American regions with its launch on various television prviders in a number of different countries including St. Marteen, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and 10 others.[12] Galaxie's main competitor in the U.S. market is Music Choice.

Artist development[edit]

Galaxie sponsors a number of "Galaxie Rising Stars Awards" presented at a variety of music festivals and awards presentations each year, including Canadian Music Week's Indie Awards, the East Coast Music Awards, and the Western Canadian Music Awards, among numerous others.[13] Galaxie also sponsors an annual Songs from the Heart competition for new and emerging songwriters. The Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award is presented to the winner of the competition.

Logos[edit]

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1997–2003 2003–2009 2009–present

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