Vrak.TV

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Vrak.TV
VRAK TV.svg
VRAK.TV logo
Launched September 1, 1988
Owned by Bell Media
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Country Canada
Language French
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec
Formerly called Le Canal Famille (1988–1996)
Canal Famille (1996-2001)
Sister channel(s) Ztélé,
Canal D,
Canal Vie,
Cinépop
Website VRAK.TV (French)
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel 140 (SD)
Channel 1870 (HD)
Shaw Direct Channel 770 (SD) Channel 231 (HD)
Cable
Available on many Canadian cable systems Check local listings
IPTV
FibreOP Channel 601 (SD)
Channel 463 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV Channel 140 (SD)
Channel 1440 (HD)
MTS Channel 411 (SD)
Optik TV (Telus) Channel 423 (SD)
Channel 442 (HD)
SaskTel Channel 265 (SD)

Vrak.TV (stylized as VRAK.TV) is a Canadian French language Category A specialty channel aimed at youth audiences. VRAK.TV is owned by Bell Media.

History[edit]

Licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in 1987, Le Canal Famille was launched on September 1, 1988 as a replacement to the youth channel TVJQ (Télévision des Jeunes du Québec, otherwise known simply as Télé des Jeunes). Canal Famille was created by Premier Choix TVEC which itself was already owned by Astral at the time.

Le Canal Famille, name translated as The Family Channel, which was the name of another Canadian youth channel that also began airing in 1988.[1]

Le Canal Famille was renamed VRAK.TV on January 2, 2001.

Vrak.TV was separated from its sister channel in 2013 with the acquisition of Astral Media by Bell Media; Bell chose to divest Family Channel and its sister networks (including the French version of Disney Junior) to DHX Media.

Programming[edit]

Since its creation as Le Canal Famille, the channel airs animated series, teenage sitcoms and light dramas. Many of them are French translations of English programs such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, What I Like About You, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Gilmore Girls, One Tree Hill, The O.C., Life with Derek, Smallville, SpongeBob SquarePants, That '70s Show, 90210, Gossip Girl, and many others. The channel also features local Quebec French language productions, such as Il était une fois dans le trouble and Une grenade avec ça?. Other series that the channel popularized were Dans une galaxie près de chez vous and Radio Enfer. VRAK.TV rarely airs feature movies, except on holidays. However, the channel start running movies weekly as of 2010

Initially, as required by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the channel carried no commercials,[2] except for promotional messages, interstitial programs (such as help segments known as R-Force (pronounced like "Air Force")), and public service announcements. However, since the renewal of its licence in 2006, the channel is able to air product advertisements.[3] VRAK.TV frequently joins forces with various companies (mainly grocery products) to present special promotions related to its programming.

Unlike most other specialty channels, VRAK.TV is only on the air daily from 6 a.m. to midnight. When the station was Le Canal Famille, the station would close down at 7 p.m. (8 p.m. on weekends), sharing time with a scrambled Super Écran channel (also owned by Astral). In 2001, when the channel was revamped as VRAK.TV, its hours were increased to 10 p.m. (Super Écran followed on most systems). VRAK.TV's current close down time, at midnight, went into effect in mid-2005.

VRAK.TV HD[edit]

On October 30, 2006 Astral Media launched an HD simulcast of VRAK.TV called VRAK.TV HD.

It is available on Bell TV, Bell Fibe TV, Cogeco, Optik TV, Rogers Cable and Vidéotron.

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