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Super Écran
Super Écran logo
Launched February 1, 1983
Owned by Astral Television Networks Inc. (Astral Media)
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec
Formerly called Premier Choix
Premier Choix: TVEC
Website Super Écran
Bell TV Channels 180-183 (SD)
Channel 865 (HD)
Shaw Direct Channels 780-782, 784 (SD)
Channel 246 (HD)
Available on many Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary

Super Écran (Super Screen) is a Canadian French language premium television service that broadcasts nationally via satellite or cable subscribers. The network is owned by Astral Media. It is the French language equivalent to The Movie Network and Movie Central.



Originally launched on February 1, 1983 under the name Premier Choix, the channel was licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to provide a national 24-hour a day French-language pay television service. It was owned and operated by First Choice Canadian Communications.[1]

Premier Choix had a difficult time attracting enough subscribers, as did a regional Quebec-based pay-television network called TVEC which was licensed in November 1982. Rogers Cable in Toronto couldn't add the channel until September 1983, and Videon Cable in Winnipeg didn't have the additional channel capacity to add it until its dispute with Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS) over ownership of the cable plant was settled.

In the early years, before RDS and MusiquePlus were licensed, programming consisted of 70% movies and 30% sports.

TVEC (Télévision de l'Est du Canada Inc.) was licensed in November 1982 as a regional French-language pay-tv channel from Quebec, serving Quebec, eastern Ontario, and Atlantic Canada (New Brunswick).

In February 1984 these two channels combined to form Super Écran.[2][3]

In the late 1980s, Premier Choix: TVEC was awarded licenses for French-language satellite-cable (specialty) networks. These include: Canal D similar to A&E and Canal Famille, similar to Family Channel Canada.

The network was granted authorization for national distribution across Canada in 1996.[4]

On October 30, 2006 Astral Media launched an HD simulcast of Super Écran.

Multiplexes and programming

Former logo of Super Écran from 2001-2004. Corresponding multiplex logos would show the number of the channel in the upper right hand corner.

Super Écran offers an extensive variety of hit Hollywood and Canadian movies as well as hit television series from HBO and Showtime as well as original content. Super Écran operates four multiplex channels, Super Écran 1-4, with content spread out over all four channels. A high-definition feed, Super Écran HD, airs HD versions of programming shown on the other Super Écran channels. Unlike other premium services, Super Écran's multiplex channels do not have a separate focus, content-wise as The Movie Network or Movie Central does. A video on demand service, Super Écran Sur Demande, is also offered for digital cable and satellite subscribers, featuring programming from the Super Écran channels.

International distribution


  1. ^ "Here Comes Pay-TV". TV Guide. January 15, 1983.  
  2. ^ "New pay-Tv channel launched". Winnipeg Free Press. February 2, 1984.  
  3. ^ CRTC Decision 84-32
  4. ^ CRTC Decision 97-18

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