|Launched||October 1, 2007|
|Owned by||Corus Entertainment|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|Bell TV||Channel 599 (SD)|
|Shaw Direct||Channel 536/181 (SD)|
|Available on many Canadian cable systems.||Check local listings, channels may vary|
|FibreOP||Channel 251 (SD)|
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 566 (SD)
Channel 1566 (HD)
|MTS||Channel 235 (SD)|
|Optik TV||Channel 77 (SD)|
|SaskTel||Channel 46 (SD)|
Teletoon Retro (stylized as TELETOON Retro) is a Canadian English-language Category B specialty channel owned by Corus Entertainment that is based on the former Teletoon programming block "Teletoon Retro". The service consists of animated series that commenced production at least 10 years prior to their exhibition. Along with its French-language counterpart, it is available in over 9 million Canadian households as of 2013; together they have the most subscribers among the digital Canadian specialty channels.
Teletoon Retro began as a programming block on Teletoon. On November 24, 2000, Teletoon Canada 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 was given approval again to launch Teletoon Retro. The channel was launched at 6:00 PM EST on October 1, 2007 with its first program being The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show.
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 Canada (owner of Teletoon, Télétoon, Teletoon Retro, Télétoon Rétro, and Cartoon Network). The purchase was 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). Corus's purchase was cleared by the Competition Bureau two weeks later on March 18; on December 20, 2013, the CRTC approved Corus's full ownership of Teletoon Canada and it was purchased by Corus on January 1, 2014. The channel continues to be owned by Teletoon Canada, now wholly owned by Corus Entertainment under its Corus Kids division.
Although Teletoon Retro is a spin-off from a network devoted to animation, its programming is restricted to cartoons, as it also airs a number of live-action series such as Batman, Fraggle Rock, and Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
Teletoon Retro HD
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- Decision CRTC 2000-697; CRTC; 2000-12-14
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