Max (Canadian TV channel)
|Launched||September 8, 1997|
|Owned by||V Media Group
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|Slogan||Un max d'émotions. (A max of emotions)|
|Formerly called||MusiMax (1997-2016)|
|Bell TV||Channel 142 (SD)|
|Shaw Direct||Channel 762 (SD)|
|Available on many Canadian cable systems||Check local listings|
|Bell Aliant||Channel 852 (SD)
Channel 952 (HD)
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 131 (SD)
Channel 1131 (HD)
|Optik TV||Channel 2041 (SD)|
|Telus Quebec||Channel 31 (SD)
Channel 531 (HD)
|VMedia||Channel 113 (SD) (QC)|
|Zazeen||Channel 242 (SD)|
Established in 1997 by a joint venture between CHUM Limited and Radiomutuel, it is a sister station to MusiquePlus (itself the French equivalent to MuchMusic), originally focusing primarily on adult contemporary music (making it the French-language equivalent to MuchMusic's sister station, then known as MuchMoreMusic).
MusiMax was licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in September 1996 by CHUM Limited and Radiomutuel and launched on September 8, 1997, with each company holding 50% of the service.
In June 1999, Astral Media announced it would take over Radiomutuel and gain control of Radiomutuel's assets including MusiMax shortly thereafter. In July 2006, CTVglobemedia announced it would acquire CHUM Limited. While the company initially planned to keep MusiquePlus and MusiMax, it instead elected to sell its stakes in the networks. On April 11, 2007, Astral Media announced that it would be acquiring the remaining 50% in MusiMax and MusiquePlus from CHUM Limited, giving it majority ownership. The sale was completed on June 30, 2007.
On March 4, 2013, following the Competition Bureau's approval of Bell Media's takeover of Astral, Bell announced that it would put MusiMax and five other channels (Family, Disney XD, Disney Junior's English and French services and MusiquePlus) up for sale, in an attempt to relieve CRTC concerns regarding the takeover. On December 4, 2013, Remstar, owners of the French television system V, announced that it would acquire MusiquePlus and MusiMax for an undisclosed amount through its subsidiary V Media Group. On September 11, 2014, the CRTC approved the sale. The acquisition is valued at $15.5 million; to fund the purchase, Remstar will sell 15% stakes in V Media to the Caisse, Fonds de solidarité FTQ and a third unannounced investor, and sell $1.5 million in advertising time across MusiquePlus and MusiMax to Bell. Remstar also successfully applied to have the amount of music-oriented programming the channel must air reduced to 80%. The sale was closed on September 16, 2014.
On August 29, 2016, MusiMax rebranded as Max, and instead of music programming, the channel now focused on TV series and movies.
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon - distributed on SPM Telecom systems.
- List of French-language Canadian television series
- List of Quebec musicians
- Music of Quebec
- Culture of Quebec
- BCE takeover of Astral OK’d by Competition Bureau, The Montreal Gazette (via The Canadian Press), March 4, 2013.
- "Bell Media signs deal to sell MusiquePlus and MusiMax to V Media Group". Canadian Press. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
- Faguy, Steve (13 September 2014). "CRTC approves V's purchase of MusiquePlus/MusiMax". Retrieved 13 September 2014.
- "MusiquePlus and MusiMax - Change in effective control and licence amendments". CRTC. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
- MusiquePlus et Musimax en HD, enfin! (French)
- Official website (French)