Dorcel TV Canada (French)

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Dorcel TV Canada
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Dorcel TV Canada logo
LaunchedOctober 28, 2010
Owned bySex-Shop Television
(Image Diffusion International)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
SloganHome Of The Superstars (English)
Où les stars s'exposent (French)
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersMontreal, Quebec
Formerly calledVanessa (2010-2014)
Vivid TV (2014-2018)
Sister channel(s)Dorcel TV Canada (English)
WebsiteDorcel TV (in French)
Bell TVChannel 778 (SD)
Cablevision du NordChannel 222 (SD)
Cogeco QuebecChannel 321 (SD)
CCAPChannel 222 (SD)
VidéotronChannel 830(HD)
Bell Fibe TVChannel 778 (HD)
Telus QuebecChannel 9003 (SD)
Channel 9004 (HD)
VMediaChannel 368 (HD)

Dorcel TV is a Canadian French language Category B pay TV adult entertainment television channel consisting of primarily softcore adult content in the form of films, documentaries, reality shows, and variety shows, among others, between 6:00am to 11:00pm EST, while hardcore content, primarily from Dorcel TV, fills the remainder of the schedule.[1] The channel is owned by Sex-Shop Television Inc., a division of IDI.


Vanessa logo

In December 2007, Sex-Shop Television Inc. was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch Vanessa, described as "a national French-language Category 2 pay television programming service devoted to the themes of sex appeal, sensuality, eroticism and sexuality."[2]

Vanessa launched on October 28, 2010 at 10pm in standard definition.[3] The channel was expected to launch a high definition feed in October 2010 and launch an English language counterpart in 2011 under the same name, however, neither channel was launched as planned.[3] On November 4, 2010, Bell TV added the channel to its lineup, giving the channel national distribution.

In October 2012, Sex-Shop Television received permission from the CRTC to convert Vanessa into a bilingual service (with programming subtitled in English for French programming, and vice versa); the company cited difficulties obtaining carriage for the dedicated English version as reasoning for the changes.[4] Despite this, the English version still launched as planned.

The channel began broadcasting in high-definition (HD) in 2014 when a separate HD feed was launched on Telus' Optik TV in Quebec.

Vivid TV Canada logo

In September 2014, Sex-Shop Television reached a licensing deal with the American adult entertainment company Vivid Entertainment, which saw both versions of Vanessa re-brand as VividTV on October 28, 2014, and allow the network access to its productions.[5]

On September 1, 2018, both the French and English versions of the channel were rebranded Dorcel TV Canada.[6]


  1. ^ Anne-Marie Losique présente Vanessa,, 2010-10-28 (in French)
  2. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-417 CRTC 2007-12-07
  3. ^ a b Canada's first and only French language adult entertainment specialty television channel - VANESSA - Will be available in your home Thursday, October 28, 2010; CNW; 2010-04-27
  4. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2012-546 CRTC 2012-10-09
  5. ^ "Chaîne d'Anne-Marie Losique: VanessaTV devient VividTV". Huffington Post (in French). Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  6. ^ MARC DORCEL launches the DORCEL TV Canada channel,, 08-28-18

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