|Launched||June 23, 2004|
|Owned by||Ethnic Channels Group|
|Picture format||480i SDTV|
|Bell TV||Channel 722|
|Rogers Cable||Channel 883|
|Shaw Cable||Channel 504|
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 894|
|Optik TV||Channel 2932|
RTVi is a general entertainment channel that caters to the Russian diaspora in North America & Israel. It features a programming lineup created specifically for Russian speaking audiences outside of Russia and includes movies, news, and sports, as well as coverage of local and international community events.
In September 2003, ECG was granted approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a specialty channel called Russian TV One, described as "an ethnic Category 21 specialty television service... targeting the Russian-speaking community."
A sister-channel, branded RTVi+ was launched in the Fall of 2005, however, it was discontinued in 2009.
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-446 CRTC 09-04-03
- A diamond in the rough times Mediacaster Magazine 2005-06-01
- ECG website - archive 02-12-05 dated release 06-23-04
- RVTi (formerly Russian TV One) - Revocation of licence
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