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TVtropolis
TV Tropolis Logo.svg
TVtropolis logo
Launched June 1, 2006 (TVtropolis)
October 17, 1997 (Prime)
Owned by Canwest Media Inc.
(66.7% & managing partner)
Rogers Media (33.3%)
Slogan Hit TV Lives Here
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Formerly called Prime (1997 - 2006)
Website TVtropolis
Availability
Satellite
Bell TV Channel 618 (East)
Channel 619 (West)
Shaw Direct Channel 524 (East)
Channel 525 (West)
Cable
Available on most Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary

TVtropolis is a Canadian English language cable television specialty channel owned by Canwest Media Inc. and Rogers Media.

Programming

TVtropolis' programming consists of various classic scripted series from the 1980s and 1990s, many of which they are most noted for their sitcoms and comedy programs including Seinfeld and Frasier. It also broadcasts various current game shows and reality tv series and television pop culture programs including Inside the Box and FANatical.

The channel operates two time shifted feeds: East (Eastern Time) and West (Pacific Time).

History

The channel was launched as Prime on October 17, 1997. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) licensed Prime in 1996 as a specialty television service directed mainly towards men and women 50 years of age or older. However, the channel did not explicitly market itself as a channel for the "baby boomer" generation, preferring instead to position itself as a general entertainment television channel. Prime's slogan, on-air and in advertising, was "Canada's Entertainment Network".

Prime logo, used from 1998 to June 1, 2006

Prime's schedule reflected a mix of general interest television, including home improvement and design series, along with classic television series such as The Golden Girls, M*A*S*H, All in the Family, The Cosby Show, and Newhart. It also hosted repeat showings of Global and CH series, including The Apprentice, The Restaurant, The Price Is Right, Entertainment Tonight Canada, and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

With the launch of the cable channel DejaView (also owned by Canwest) showing similar programming to Prime (1960s, 1970s and 1980s programming), the channel's focus shifted to its current format of shows from the late 1980s and beyond. On June 1, 2006, Prime was renamed TVtropolis.

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