W Movies logo
|Launched||September 7, 2001|
|Owned by||Corus Entertainment|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|Slogan||The Channel that Brings You Movies 24/7.|
|Formerly called||SexTV: The Channel (2001 - 2010)|
|Sister channel(s)||W Network|
|Bell TV||Channel 333 (SD)
Channel 1305 (HD)
|Shaw Direct||Channel 585 (SD)|
|Available on many Canadian cable systems||Check local listings|
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 333 (SD)
Channel 1333 (HD)
|MTS||Channel 292 (SD)
Channel 458 (HD)
|Optik TV||Channel 229 (SD)|
|SaskTel||Channel 44 (SD)
Channel 344 (HD)
W Movies is a Canadian English language Category B specialty channel which focuses on films and film-related series aimed at women. It is a spinoff channel of W Network and is owned by Corus Entertainment.
As SexTV: The Channel
In June 2001, CHUM Limited was given approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a national category 2 specialty channel known as Relationship Television, a channel described as being "devoted exclusively to programming related to love, romance, marriage, relationship-themed game shows, sexuality and gender issues, family planning, relationship breakdown and magazine style programming featuring romantic vacation resorts."
The channel was launched three months later, on September 7, 2001, under the name SexTV: The Channel; a channel fashioned after and its name derived from the now former Citytv program, SexTV; Citytv being a CHUM property at the time. SexTV aired programming on sex and human sexuality, including issues on love, dating, romance and related subjects.
In July 2006, Bell Globemedia (later called CTVglobemedia) announced that it would purchase CHUM for an estimated $1.7 billion CAD, included in the sale was SexTV: The Channel. The sale was subject to CRTC approval and was approved in June 2007, with the transaction completed on June 22, 2007.
As W Movies
On July 14, 2009, CTVglobemedia announced that it would sell Sex TV, along with Drive-In Classics, to Corus Entertainment for a combined total of $40 million CAD. In late September, Corus announced that the channel would be rebranded as "W Movies" which would be a film-focused sister channel of W Network. The sale was approved by the CRTC on November 19, with the transaction being complete by December. The on-air relaunch as W Movies took place on March 1, 2010, with a new schedule primarily featuring films targeting women.
W Movies HD
- Decision CRTC 2001-304; CRTC; 2001-06-04
- The history of CHUM Globe and Mail article 2006-06-12
- Bell Globemedia acquires CHUM; Fasken Martineau; 2006-07-12
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-165; CRTC; 2007-06-08
- Corus to acquire Drive-In Classics and SexTV from CTVglobemedia for $40 million; The Canadian Press; 2009-07-14
- "Corus shuttering Discovery Kids, will re-brand Sex TV and Drive-In Classics channels", CARTT.ca, September 29, 2009