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|Launched||September 12, 2011|
|Owned by||TVA Group
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Shaw Direct||Channel 747 (SD)
Channel 238 (HD)
|Bell TV||Channel 193 (SD)
Channel 1883 (HD)
|CCAP||Channel 24 (SD)
Channel 624 (HD)
|Cogeco Ontario||Channel 527 (SD)
Channel 582 (HD)
|Cogeco Quebec||Channel 88 (SD)
Channel 538 (HD)
|Rogers Cable||Channel 656 (SD)
Channel 657 (HD)
|Vidéotron||Channel 24 (SD)
Channel 624 (HD)
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 111 (SD)
Channel 1111 (HD)
TVA Sports is a Canadian French language Category C specialty channel. The channel is owned by the TVA Group, a publicly traded subsidiary of Quebecor Media. The channel is a general-interest sports network, and the first major competitor to RDS, the only other French-language sports channel in the country.
The formation of TVA Sports was first announced at a press event in May 2011, where TVA announced its plans for the network, and some of its launch programming. TVA made numerous efforts to acquire content for the network in the years prior to the launch; including Quebecor's failed attempt to purchase a stake in the Montreal Canadiens, and the company's backing of a proposed National Hockey League expansion franchise in Quebec City—which included acquiring naming and management rights to a new arena in Quebec City being built to potentially house a new or relocated NHL team.
On August 18, 2011, Rogers Media, owners of the English-language sports channel Sportsnet, announced that it would form a partnership with TVA Sports—under the deal, the two networks will share production resources, and will also sub-license French rights to some of its programming to TVA Sports.. Rogers had obtained CRTC approval for its own French-language sports network prior to the announcement.
Concurrently with the announcement that TVA would obtain French-language rights to the NHL through Rogers' 12-year deal with the league, an upcoming multiplex channel known as TVA Sports 2 was announced.
Event programming aired by TVA Sports includes the Montreal Impact (24 games during the 2012 season), UEFA Champions League soccer, Ottawa Senators hockey (25 games during the 2011-12 season), Toronto Blue Jays baseball (60 games during the 2012 season), and Ultimate Fighting Championship events. TVA Sports also acquired national French-language rights to the Canadian Hockey League, as well as Toronto Raptors basketball games, plus other NBA matches, including the playoffs and Finals.
On November 26, 2013, Rogers Communications announced that it had reached a 12-year, $5.2 billion deal to become the exclusive national rightsholder for the National Hockey League, beginning in the 2014-15 season. As part of the deal, TVA Sports will sub-license exclusive French-language rights to the league, replacing RDS.
Major carriers which added TVA Sports on launch included national satellite provider Shaw Direct, and regional cable provider Vidéotron (which is also owned by Quebecor Media, TVA's parent company) A carriage deal with Bell TV for TVA Sports was announced on November 22, 2011, part of a deal that also included Bell TV carriage of Mlle, Yoopa, and Sun News Network (Bell TV dropped the latter channel the previous May in a carriage dispute with Quebecor).
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- TVA Sports gets CHL rights Toronto Sun 2011-08-26
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- TVA Sports Signs With Raps, NBA
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