Hollywood Suite

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Hollywood Suite
Launched November 23, 2011
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Slogan For the Love of Movies
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Website hollywoodsuite.ca
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Various
Shaw Direct Various
Cable
Available on most Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary
IPTV
Bell Aliant Various
Bell Fibe TV Various
MTS Various
Telus Optik TV Various
Sasktel MaxTV Various
Zazeen Various
Hollywood Suite Inc.
private
Industry Media
Founded 2010
Founders David Kines
Jay Switzer
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Key people
David Kines (President)
Jay Switzer (Chairman)
Website hollywoodsuite.ca

Hollywood Suite is a group of four Canadian Category B premium specialty channels, owned by Hollywood Suite Inc., a privately held broadcasting company based in Toronto, Ontario.[1]

The four channels are devoted to classic films, with each of the four channels devoted to a specific decade, and broadcasting solely in high definition. Although its channels are separately licensed services (in contrast to competing premium television services in Canada, whose additional channels are legally considered multiplex channels), the four channels are typically bundled together in a single channel package.

History[edit]

On July 2, 2010, Jay Switzer (co-founder of Hollywood Suite), was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for four new specialty channels, including "Velocity" and "Adventure", which would be "devoted to the entire genre of action and adventure, including selections from crime fiction, and epic and heroic drama."[2][3] as well as "KISS" and "The Love Channel", which would both be "devoted to romance, love and relationships."[4][5]

The four channels launched on November 23, 2011 under the blanket branding Hollywood Suite, with all four channels typically distributed as a single package; the channels were marketed as providing a "pure, high quality, affordable movie experience".[6]

Channels[edit]

Hollywood Suite consists of four channels, all broadcasting solely in high definition.

Channel Description and programming
Hollywood Suite 70s Movies Films from the 1970s and older.
Hollywood Suite 80s Movies Films from the 1980s.
Hollywood Suite 90s Movies Films from the 1990s.
Hollywood Suite 00s Movies Films from the 2000s.
Hollywood Suite On Demand Video on-demand service

The four channels were previously formatted with either a theme, or featuring films from specific studios under brand licensing agreements; they originally launched as WarnerFilms (focusing on Warner Bros. productions), MGM Channel (focusing primarily on MGM films), Hollywood Storm (which focused primarily on action-oriented films), and Hollywood Festival (which focused primarily on romantic films).

On May 31, 2012, Hollywood Suite announced it had reached a partnership with Sony Pictures Television to re-launch two of its channels under Sony brands, with Hollywood Storm utilizing Sony's AXN brand by becoming AXN Movies (which focused primarily on action films from the Sony Pictures library), and Hollywood Festival as Sony Movie Channel. At the time of the rebrand, AXN Investments took a 46.66% ownership in the two channels.[7] The rebrand occurred on September 4, 2012.[8]

In September 2015, Hollywood Suite announced that it would re-launch its channels on November 2, 2015, dropping the studio-based brands in favour of dedicating each network to a specific decade; 70's, 80's, 90's, and 2000's.[9]

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