MovieTime

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For the American channel formerly known as "Movietime", see E!.
MovieTime
Movietime.svg
MovieTime logo
Launched September 7, 2001
Owned by Corus Entertainment
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
(2010-present)
480i (SDTV)
(2001-present)
Slogan It's Movietime!
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Formerly called Lonestar (2001-2008)
Website MovieTime
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel 630 (SD)
Channel 1285 (HD)
Shaw Direct Channel 533 (SD)
Channel 137 (HD)
Cable
Available on many other Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary
IPTV
Bell Aliant Channel 344 (SD)
Channel 522 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV Channel 340 (SD)
Channel 1340 (HD)
MTS Channel 231 (SD)
Channel 1231 (HD)
Optik TV Channel 9445 (SD)
Channel 445 (HD)
SaskTel Channel 84 (SD)
Channel 384 (HD)
HuronTel Digital TV Channel 303 (HD)
VMedia Channel 86 (HD)
Zazeen Channel 161 (HD)

MovieTime is a Canadian English language Category B specialty channel owned by Corus Entertainment. As its name suggests, the channel is a commercial service that primarily broadcasts films.

History[edit]

In November 2000, Canwest, through its subsidiary Global Television Network Inc., was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a television channel called Adventure, described as "a national English-language Category 2 specialty television service devoted to action and adventure programming. Its program schedule will run the gamut from contemporary "popcorn" action and adventure films and series, to classical westerns, rodeo and western horse shows."[1]

The channel was launched under the name Lonestar on September 7, 2001, focusing exclusively on Western and rural-themed programming such as films, television dramas, and lifestyle series. After a few years, Lonestar began to air more general action and adventure programming unrelated to the Western theme of its early years, a considerable amount of that being movies, to the point where they made up the majority of the schedule. On August 21, 2008, Canwest announced that Lonestar would be rebranded as MovieTime, focusing on contemporary films. The name change took effect on October 6, 2008.[2][dead link] A high definition simulcast feed of MovieTime was launched on March 12, 2010.[3]

On October 27, 2010, Shaw Communications gained control of MovieTime as a result of its acquisition of Canwest, which was renamed Shaw Media.[4] On April 1, 2016, Shaw Media was sold to Corus Entertainment.[5]

Logos[edit]

2001 - present October 6, 2008 MovieTime HD.png
2001–2008 2008–present MovieTime HD logo

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