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FPTV logo
Launched September 7, 2001
Owned by 1395047 Ontario Inc.
(Frank Alvarez)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Website www.fptv.ca
Cogeco Channel 537
Rogers Cable Channel 789
Vidéotron Channel 255
Bell Fibe TV Channel 880

FPTV (which stands for Festival Portuguese Television) is a Canadian Category B Portuguese language specialty channel. The channel's licensee is 1395047 Ontario Inc., a company controlled by Frank Alvarez.

FPTV broadcasts a variety of foreign and locally produced programs aimed at the Portuguese speaking communities in Canada from Portugal, Brazil, and Portugal's former African Colonies. Programs include sports, news, telenovelas, and more. The majority of foreign programs are sourced from SIC Internacional, one of the most popular private networks in Portugal.


In November 2000, Frank Alvarez was granted approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch Festival Portuguese Television, described at the time as "a national ethnic Category 2 specialty television service targeting the Portuguese community, of which a significant source of foreign programming will be SIC International."[1]

The channel launched on September 7, 2001 on Rogers Cable in parts of Ontario.[2]

Local programming[edit]

  • Jornal da noite -Live Daily newscast in Portuguese, features local and national news; Monday - Friday at 7pm
  • Bancada Central - Monday at 8pm Live Interactive sports Program
  • Chávena de Chá - Tuesday at 8:00pm
  • Haja Saude - Wednesday at 8pm Live Interactive Health Program
  • Montreal Magazine - Thursday at 8pm
  • Página Desportiva - Friday at 8pm Live Sports program
  • FPTV AÇORES - Friday at 8:30pm


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