Canal D

Canal D

Canal D logo
Launched January 1, 1995
Owned by Bell Media
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Country Canada
Language French
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec
Sister channel(s) Investigation
Discovery Channel
Investigation Discovery
Website Canal D (French)
Bell TV Channel 129 (SD)
Channel 1872 (HD)
Shaw Direct Channel 773 (SD)
Channel 387 / 247 (HD)
Available on many
Canadian cable
Check local listings
Bell Aliant Channel 856 (SD)
Channel 956 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV Channel 125 (SD)
Channel 1125 (HD)
MTS Channel 423 (SD)
Optik TV Channel 8008 (SD)
Channel 2008 (HD)
SaskTel Channel 261 (SD)
Telus Quebec Channel 42 (SD)
Channel 542 (HD)
VMedia Channel 118 (HD) (QC)
Zazeen Channel 206 (HD)

Canal D is a Canadian French language Category A specialty channel owned by Bell Media. Canal D focuses on documentary programming primarily in the form of documentary-style television series that focus on a variety of topics such as crime, biographies, nature, and science.


In June 1994, Premier Choix: TVEC Inc. (Astral) was granted approval for a television broadcasting licence by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for a channel called Arts et Divertissement, described as a service modelled after the American service, A&E, at that time. The proposed service was to focus on four main elements: documentaries (for which the service would primarily consist of), films, dramatic series, and arts programming.[1]

The channel was launched on January 1, 1995 as Canal D.

On March 4, 2013, the Competition Bureau approved the takeover of Astral Media by Bell Media.[2] Bell filed a new application for the proposed takeover with the CRTC on March 6, 2013;[3] the CRTC approved the merger on June 27, 2013,[4] effectively turning over control of Canal D to Bell.

Canal D HD

On October 30, 2006, Astral Media launched "Canal D HD", a HD simulcast of Canal D's standard definition feed.[5]

International distribution

Original logo; 1995-2009


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