Teletoon Retro logo
|Launched||October 1, 2007|
|Owned by||Teletoon Canada Inc.
(Astral Media - 50%
Corus Entertainment - 50%)
(purchase of Astral Media's 50% ownership stake by Corus pending)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Sister channel(s)||Teletoon (English)
Télétoon Rétro (French)
Cartoon Network (Canada)
|Bell TV||Channel 599|
|Shaw Direct||Channel 536 / 181|
|Available on many Canadian cable systems||Check local listings, channels may vary|
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 599|
|Optik TV||Channel 77|
Teletoon Retro (stylized as TELETOON Retro) is a Canadian English language Category B specialty channel based on the Teletoon programming block Teletoon Retro. The service consists of animation series from Canada and around the world that commenced production at least 10 years prior to their exhibition. Teletoon Retro is owned by Teletoon Canada Inc; a 50/50 partnership between Astral Media and Corus Entertainment.
Teletoon Retro began as a programming block on Teletoon. On November 24, 2000, TELETOON Canada Inc was given approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a national English language category 2 specialty channel named Teletoon Retro. The channel never made it to air.
Plans to launch the channel arose again in 2005, when on October 25, Teletoon Canada Inc. was given approval again to launch Teletoon Retro. The channel was launched at 6:00 p.m. EST on October 1, 2007.
A French language counterpart, titled Télétoon Rétro, which had been given approval to be launched at the same time as Teletoon Retro, was launched on September 4, 2008.
On March 4, 2013, Corus Entertainment announced that it would acquire Astral Media's 50% ownership interest in Teletoon, Télétoon, Teletoon Retro (English and French) and Cartoon Network. The purchase is in relation to Bell Media's pending takeover of Astral (which had earlier been rejected by the CRTC in October 2012, but was restructured to allow the sale of certain Astral Media properties in order to allow the purchase to clear regulatory hurdles).
Although Teletoon Retro is a spin-off from a network devoted to animation, its programming is not restricted to cartoons, as it also airs a number of live-action series such as Batman, Fraggle Rock and Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
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- Disney Junior (French)
- Disney XD (Canada)
- Nickelodeon (Canada)
- Teletoon (English)
- Télétoon (French)
- Télétoon Rétro (French)
- Treehouse TV