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Vidéotron once held a franchise in West and South East London for a number of years before being taken over by Cable and Wireless. Does anyone have the dates for when this service started, and also when it finished? KrisW6 23:59, 31 August 2005 (UTC)

No idea (was that the same company even?), but I remember they didn't only cover London, they also covered Greenford in Middlesex as I had a friend there who watched ALL the channels without subscription (they were unencrypted on "hyperband" channels, and he had an imported Scandinavian tv set that could receive them... they bet on the fact that almost all UK sets could only receive UHF 21-69, and would supply a "decoder" to subscribers, which was just a tuner to these hidden frequencies). However after a few years, they started to encrypt, probably wise to the fact people were watching for free. "Videotron - the best connection you'll ever make". (talk) 17:04, 4 June 2010 (UTC)

Translation of history[edit]

I just translated the history from French. A lot of it seems pretty flakey, and it read like a copyvio, but I make no judgement on what's worth keeping, if any of it. I'm just sayin' it's done. Lord Bob 05:21, September 8, 2005 (UTC)

Opening remarks[edit]

In the opening remarks of the Videotron pages, there is a paragraph that is currently in dispute over its neutrality. I thought I would begin the discussion on this matter.

Quoting from that paragraph "Videotron presently has a monopoly on video service in Quebec." There are two facts that make this comment somewhat disturbing. First of all, Videotron is not provided EVERYWHERE in Quebec. Though where it is offered, it does have a monopoly of sorts, Videotron does not offer services across the province. Secondly, where it does contain the "monopoly" is on cable distribution, where Videotron is permitted to offer services, (Montreal, Quebec City and most places in between). However, this is a monopoly that is obliged by the CRTC to avoid overlapping and intertwining cable wires creating a spider-web-like areal view of the cities. This said, Videotron does not have a monopoly on the services it offers, only on the means these services are rendered to the client. There are many competetors that offer satelite television, DSL-internet and the various other products Videotron offers.

"Because of this it is widely known that Videotron's customer service is sub par at best." Actually, other than the waiting periods (to be discussed further on) and Videotron required not to accomodate the customer's every request due to certain laws and regulations...Videotron is renowned for its customer service department as one of the best in the province of Quebec, and among the cable providers of North America.

"People have recalled waiting on hold for an hour for service with a problem." With well over 1,500,000 and only 1,000 or so customer service agents...some would argue that an hours waiting time is fairly efficient. However this being said, the waiting time at Videotron is on average 5-15 minutes at most, with there quite often being no waiting time at all. The only times it exceeds these times is when there is a power failure or the cable is not available in an entire region...then it is more than likely that most of the clients in that certain region will all be calling simultaneously. There are also various seasons where 35-60% of the customer base contact Videotron ... November-January, to take advantage of the Christmas season promotions ... May-July, during moving season.

"Videotron also offer mediocre content for it's hundreds of thousands of English subscribers." I am not exactly certain what this is supposed to mean. If we are talking about classical (analogical) cable, then in most regions English television stations are 40-50% of the total channel content, and in some regions going as high as 75% English channel distribution. As for Illico (digital) cable, English channels outnumber French channels 5:1. As far as the content on the various stations, Videotron has no control on what shows the various stations wish to broadcast or not.

"Often running films on its "Video On Demand" service that are direct to video releases." Laws and regulations forbid Videotron to broadcast movies before they are available on DVD. The Video on Demand service is a means of renting movies without leaving the comforts of your home to travel to the video store. An additional advantage is that there is no need to worry about late fees, as the video is simply blocked from broadcasting after the predetermined amount of time has expired.

"It's commonly known that if Toronto based Rogers Video were able to penetrate the Quebec market, Videotron would lose the majority of its English subscribers." Facts are that Rogers Video did attempt to penetrate the Quebec market, and no more than 1-2 years after it did...all of it's video outlets and product services were either bought up or overtaken by none other than Videotron.

Blipadouzi 14:31, 19 December 2006 (UTC)



Can you add the official Videotron logo and the box on the top right hand corner that talks about it a little bit. Get all the info you can find. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:56, 14 October 2007 (UTC)

Some HD TV channels not available on Videotron:[edit]

ABC Spark HD


Animal Planet Canada HD



Big Ten Network HD

Bold HD

Cartoon Network HD

CBS Sports Network HD

The Comedy Network HD


CTV News Channel HD



Discovery Science Canada HD

Disney XD Canada HD

documentary HD



Family HD

FX Canada HD




History HD


Hollywood Suite (MGM, Warner, Storm, Festival)

Investigation Discovery Canada HD

MExcess HD

MFun! HD

MovieTime HD


MuchMusic HD

MyNetworkTV HD


Nat Geo Wild HD

NFL Network HD


Omni.1 & .2 HD



The Score HD

Sportsnet HD

Sportsnet One Senators HD

Sportsnet World HD

Super Channel HD 1 & 2

Super Écran HD 3 & 4

Telelatino HD

Teletoon HD


Travel + Escape HD


Turner Classic Movies HD

TVOntario HD

W Movies HD

W Network HD

The Weather Network HD

World Fishing Network HD

Wild TV HD

WPCH-TV (Peachtree) HD


[This list is incomplete] — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:26, 9 September 2012 (UTC)