Canal D

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Canal D
Canal D logo
LaunchedJanuary 1, 1995
Owned byBell Media
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersMontreal, Quebec
Sister channel(s)Investigation
Discovery Channel
WebsiteCanal D (in French)
Bell TVChannel 129 (SD)
Channel 1872 (HD)
Shaw DirectChannel 773 (SD)
Channel 387 / 247 (HD)
Available on many
Canadian cable
Check local listings
Bell Aliant Fibe TVChannel 856 (SD)
Channel 956 (HD)
Bell Fibe TVChannel 125 (SD)
Channel 1125 (HD)
Bell MTSChannel 423 (SD)
Optik TVChannel 8008 (SD)
Channel 2008 (HD)
SaskTelChannel 261 (SD)
Telus QuebecChannel 42 (SD)
Channel 542 (HD)
VMediaChannel 118 (HD) (QC)
ZazeenChannel 206 (HD)

Canal D is a Canadian French language Category A specialty channel owned by Bell Media. Canal D focuses on documentary programming primarily in the form of documentary-style television series that focus on a variety of topics such as crime, biographies, nature, and science.


In June 1994, Premier Choix: TVEC Inc. (Astral) was granted approval for a television broadcasting licence by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for a channel called Arts et Divertissement, described as a service modelled after the American service, A&E, at that time. The proposed service was to focus on four main elements: documentaries (for which the service would primarily consist of), films, dramatic series, and arts programming.[1]

The channel was launched on January 1, 1995 as Canal D.

On March 4, 2013, the Competition Bureau approved the takeover of Astral Media by Bell Media.[2] Bell filed a new application for the proposed takeover with the CRTC on March 6, 2013;[3] the CRTC approved the merger on June 27, 2013,[4] effectively turning over control of Canal D to Bell.

Canal D HD[edit]


On October 30, 2006, Astral Media launched "Canal D HD", a HD simulcast of Canal D's standard definition feed.[5]

International distribution[edit]

Original logo; 1995-2009


  1. ^ Decision CRTC 94-286 CRTC 1994-06-06
  2. ^ BCE takeover of Astral OK’d by Competition Bureau Archived 2013-04-11 at, The Montreal Gazette (via The Canadian Press), March 4, 2013.
  3. ^ Astral and Bell Comment on New Acquisition Application to CRTC Archived 2015-10-02 at the Wayback Machine, Broadcaster Magazine, March 6, 2013.
  4. ^ CRTC approves Bell-Astral merger, CBC News, June 27, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
  5. ^ La haute définition en français Infopresse 2006-10-30 (in French)

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