RTVi (Canada)

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RTVi logo
Launched June 23, 2004
Owned by Ethnic Channels Group
Picture format 480i SDTV
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Website RTVi
Bell TV Channel 722
Cogeco Channel 1048
Rogers Cable Channel 883
Shaw Cable Channel 504
Bell Fibe TV Channel 894
Optik TV Channel 2932

RTVi is a Canadian exempt Category B Russian language specialty channel owned by Ethnic Channels Group (ECG). It broadcasts programming from RTVi and local Canadian content.

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."[1]

The channel launched on June 23, 2004,[2][3] along with 3 other channels from ECG, as RTVi, through a licensing agreement with the Russian broadcaster.

A sister-channel, branded RTVi+ was launched in the Fall of 2005, however, it was discontinued in 2009.

On November 4, 2014, the CRTC approved EGC's request to convert RTVi from a licensed Category B (formerly category 2) specialty service to an exempted category B third language service.[4]


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