|Launched||November 1, 2005|
|Owned by||Bell Media|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Slogan||Les films d'hier à l'affiche aujourd'hui|
(The Films of Yesterday Showing Today)
|Sister channel(s)||The Movie Network|
|Bell TV||Channel 185 (SD)|
Channel 1895 (HD)
|Shaw Direct||Channel 778 (SD)|
Channel 419 / 253 (HD)
|Available on some Canadian cable systems||Check local listings, channels may vary|
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 165 (SD)|
Channel 1165 (HD)
|Telus Quebec||Channel 405 (SD)|
Channel 550 (HD)
|VMedia||Channel 114 (SD) (QC)|
|Zazeen||Channel 241 (HD)|
In November 2000, Astral Media, through its subsidiary Astral Télé Réseaux inc., was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a television channel called Cinémania, described as "a national French-language Category 2 pay television service including a diverse selection of popular Canadian and international general-interest feature-length repertory fiction movies."
The channel was launched on November 1, 2005 as Cinépop (stylized as cinépop until 2008) focusing on feature films from the 1950s to the present.
In November 2008, Cinépop introduced a new look including a new logo and on-screen graphics.
On March 4, 2013, the Competition Bureau approved the takeover of Astral Media by Bell Media. Bell filed a new application for the proposed takeover with the CRTC on March 6, 2013; the CRTC approved the merger on June 27, 2013.
- Decision CRTC 2000-499 CRTC 2000-12-14
- Astral Media Launches 'cinépop' Broadcaster Magazine 2005-11-01
- BCE takeover of Astral OK’d by Competition Bureau[permanent dead link], The Montreal Gazette (via The Canadian Press), March 4, 2013.
- Astral and Bell Comment on New Acquisition Application to CRTC, Broadcaster Magazine, March 6, 2013.
- CRTC approves Bell-Astral merger, CBC News, June 27, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
- Cinépop présente les classiques d'hier à l'affiche aujourd'hui en haute définition, Astral.com 2011-01-13 (in French)
- Official website (in French)
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