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Series+

On April 12th 2000, Astral Networks and Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting acquired 50%-50% ownership and control of the assets of the French language specialty channels Series+ (formerly Canal Fiction) and Historia (formerly Canal Histoire).  The original licences for these channels had been granted to Alliance and its then partner Premier Choix on May 21st 1999.  Canal Fiction was to be a service devoted to ‘great drama programs of yesterday and today', while Canal Histoire was to be ‘a service devoted to history and recent events.'

Scream

Salter Street Films were licensed in November 2000 to operate a cable specialty channel to be called Scream, to be dedicated to the horror genre, with a mix of movies, horror series “….and magazine shows that explore the horror phenomenon.” Corus Entertainment became major shareholders before Scream was launched on September 2001, by which time Salter had been acquired by Alliance Atlantis in April 2001. 

 CanWest Media Networks acquired Alliance Atlantis in December 2007, and with it a minority interest in Scream.

OWN - The Oprah Winfrey Network

On Tuesday, January 15, 2008,  Oprah Winfrey and the U.S. Discovery Communications company announced plans to create OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.  OWN was expected to debut in 2009.

On September 29th 2009, at which time OWN had not yet launched, the Oprah Winfrey Network announced that they had finalized a licensing agreement with Canada's Corus Entertainment that would enable Corus to add the OWN Network to its portfolio of Canadian specialty services. 

Nickelodeon

On September 29th 2009 Corus Entertainment Inc announced an agreement with MTV Networks International whereby a 24-hour Canadian version of the Nickelodeon program service for children would be launched in Canada on November 2nd 2009.

 The new specialty channel would have exclusive rights in Canada to all current Nickelodeon animated programming, as well as live action series and all digitial rights for Nickelodeon and related brands. Included would be such series as SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Ren and Stimpy and The Rugrats.

National Geographic Canada

Alliance Atlantis received a licence in November 2000 for a cable speciality channel which was launched in September 2001 as National Geographic Canada. As with the magazine of the same name, and the U.S. channel from which much of its material was licensed, National Geographic Canada programmed documentary material on “geography, world cultures, anthropology, remote exploration, natural conservation and geo-politics”, with the high quality photography that had become the companion magazine’s trademark..  In December 2006 the channel began offering a high-definition version.

Movie Central (alternates simulcast with its four channels)

Movie Central was at the time the most recent incarnation of pay television movie service available via cable to Western Canada.  It was owned by Corus Entertainment. In 1984, two years after the first eight regional pay-tv licences were issued in 1982, various amalgamations saw the emergence of one eastern licensee, First Choice Communications, and one western,  Allarcom, which operated its service under the name Superchannel.

Movie Central

Movie Central was at the time the most recent incarnation of pay television movie service available via cable to Western Canada. It was owned by Corus Entertainment. In 1984, two years after the firstmovie  central eight regional pay-tv licences were issued in 1982, various amalgamations saw the emergence of one eastern licensee, First Choice Communications, and one western, Allarcom, which operated its service under the name Superchannel.

Lonestar

Lonestar logoCanWest Global received a licence in November 2000 for a cable speciality channel to be called Adventure, and to be devoted to action adventure programming. When it was launched in 2001, the name of the channel had been changed to Lonestar, and the main thrust of its programming was westerns, both classic and modern movies and television series.

Historia

On April 12th 2000, Astral Networks and Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting acquired 50%-50% ownership and control of the assets of the French language specialty channels Series+ (formerly Canal Fiction) and Historia (formerly Canal Histoire).  The original licences for these channels had been granted to Alliance and its then partner Premier Choix on May 21st 1999.  Canal Fiction was to be a service devoted to ‘great drama programs of yesterday and today', while Canal Histoire was to be ‘a service devoted to history and recent events.'

Encore Avenue (Multiple Channels)

Encore Avenue 1 and Encore Avenue 2 were two of the multiple movie channels offered on cable by the Corus Entertainment group under the umbrella name Movie Central.  Movie Central was the most recent incarnation of pay television movie service available via cable to Western Canada.  It was owned by Corus Entertainment. In 1984, two years after the first eight regional pay-tv licences were issued in 1982, various amalgamations saw the emergence of one eastern licensee, First Choice Communications, and one western,  Allarcom, which operated its service under the name Superchannel.

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