ATN Urdu

ATN Urdu

ATN Urdu logo
Launched May 8, 2004
Owned by Asian Television Network
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Markham, Ontario
Formerly called ATN ARY Digital (2004-2012)
Website ATN Urdu
Cogeco Channel 1019
Rogers Cable Channel 860
Bell Fibe TV Channel 826
Optik TV Channel 2410
VMedia Channel 860

ATN Urdu is a Canadian exempt Category B Urdu language specialty channel that is owned by Asian Television Network (ATN). It is a general entertainment service, airing programming that appeals to the entire family including comedies, serials, talk shows, music, spiritual programs and more. Foreign programming on ATN Urdu is primarily derived from ETV Urdu, an Urdu language channel from India.


In November 2000, ATN was granted approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a television channel called Urdu Channel, described as "a national ethnic Category 2 specialty television service targeting the Urdu-speaking community."[1]

The channel launched on May 8, 2004 as ATN ARY Digital under a licensing agreement with ARY Digital, a top rated channel from Pakistan.[2]

ARY Digital logo

In December 2012, the channel was re-branded ATN Urdu due to the expiration of the programming agreement with ARY. As of January 3, 2013, ATN Urdu no longer airs any programming from ARY Digital as the rights are now held by a different broadcaster.[3]

On August 30, 2013, the CRTC approved Asian Television Network's request to convert ATN Urdu from a licensed Category B specialty service to an exempted Cat. B third language service.[4]


  1. CRTC 2000-12-14
  4. ATN Urdu – Revocation of licence

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