Super Écran

Super Écran

Super Écran logo
Launched February 1, 1983
Owned by Bell Media
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Country Canada
Language French
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec
Formerly called Premier Choix
Premier Choix: TVEC
Website Super Écran (French)
Bell TV 180-183 (SD)
1890-1892 (HD)
Shaw Direct 780-782, 784 (SD)
386, 389, 392 / 246, 249, 237 (HD)
Available on many Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary
Bell Aliant 881-884 (SD)
981-984 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV 161-164 (SD)
1161-1164 (HD)
Telus Quebec 401-404 (SD)
591-594 (HD)
VMedia 301-304 (SD)
Zazeen 250-252 (HD)

Super Écran is a Canadian French language Category A premium television service owned by Bell Media. Super Écran airs a mix of commercial-free films and television series. Films are primarily sourced from the United States and Canada, while the television series consist of original series and programs from HBO and Showtime in the United States.


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. Later, Astral launched HD feeds for all three remaining channels.

On March 4, 2013, the Competition Bureau approved the takeover of Astral Media by Bell Media.[5] Bell filed a new application for the proposed takeover with the CRTC on March 6, 2013;[6] the CRTC approved the merger on June 27, 2013,[7] effectively turning over control of Super Écran to Bell.

Multiplexes and programming

Super Écran offers an extensive variety of Hollywood and Canadian movies, television series from HBO and Showtime, and original content. Super Écran operates four multiplex channels, numbered from 1 to 4 in standard and high-definition. A video on demand service, "Super Écran Sur Demande", is 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
  5. BCE takeover of Astral OK’d by Competition Bureau, The Montreal Gazette (via The Canadian Press), March 4, 2013.
  6. Astral and Bell Comment on New Acquisition Application to CRTC, Broadcaster Magazine, March 6, 2013.
  7. CRTC approves Bell-Astral merger, CBC News, June 27, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2013.
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