Z (TV channel)

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Z logo
LaunchedJanuary 31, 2000 (19 years ago)
Owned byBell Media
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
SloganOsez (Dare)[1]
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersMontreal, Quebec
Formerly calledCanal Z (2000–2005)
Ztélé (2005–2014)
Sister channel(s)Space
Canal D
Canal Vie
WebsiteZ (in French)
Bell TVChannel 131 (SD)
Channel 1858 (HD)
Shaw DirectChannel 754 (SD)
Channel 385 / 241 (HD)
Available on many
Canadian cable
Check local listings
Bell Aliant Fibe TVChannel 873 (SD)
Channel 973 (HD)
Bell Fibe TVChannel 121 (SD)
Channel 1121 (HD)
Bell MTSChannel 424 (SD)
Optik TVChannel 8019 (SD)
Channel 2019 (HD)
Telus QuebecChannel 45 (SD)
Channel 645 (HD)
VMediaChannel 121 (HD) (QC)
ZazeenChannel 204 (HD)

Z is a Canadian French language discretionary service owned by Bell Media. Z focuses on programming primarily from the science fiction, fantasy, and technology genres consisting of dramas, films, and documentaries.


In May 1999, Radiomutuel Inc. was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for a television broadcasting licence for a channel called Canal Z, aux limites du savoir, described as "a national French-language television specialty service that is dedicated entirely to science and technology, the earth and its secrets, space exploration, the paranormal and science fiction, lifestyles and computer science."[2]

Before the channel was launched, in June 1999, Astral Media announced its intention to purchase Radiomutuel,[3] which was approved by the CRTC on January 12, 2000[4] and closed shortly thereafter.

The channel launched on January 31, 2000[5] as Canal Z (often referred to as simply Z). The channel was renamed Ztélé in 2005 and a new logo was introduced. In 2006, an HD feed debuted.

Astral Media was acquired by Bell Media on July 5, 2013, making Ztélé a sister channel to the English-language science-fiction channel Space, while retaining its other sister stations.

As of August 25, 2014, the channel has been renamed Z.[6]

Z HD[edit]

On October 30, 2006, Astral Media launched "Z HD" (then-known as "Ztélé HD"), a HD simulcast of Z's standard definition feed.[7]


  1. ^ Osez "Translation of Official Slogan from French-Language Canadian Science Fiction & Technology Television Channel Z by Google Translate". Google Translate.
  2. ^ (CRTC), Government of Canada, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (21 May 1999). "ARCHIVED - Decision CRTC 99-110, Summary". www.crtc.gc.ca.
  3. ^ "Astral bids on Radiomutuel". playbackonline.ca.
  4. ^ (CRTC), Government of Canada, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. "ARCHIVED - Summary - Transfer of effective control from Radiomutuel inc. to Astral Communications inc". www.crtc.gc.ca.
  5. ^ "Astral integrates Radiomutuel TV". playbackonline.ca.
  6. ^ "Bell Media - Details". bellmediapr.ca.
  7. ^ "La haute définition en français". Infopresse. 30 October 2006.

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