Vivid TV Canada (French)

Vivid TV Canada

Vivid TV Canada logo
Launched October 28, 2010
Owned by Sex-Shop Television
(Image Diffusion International)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec
Formerly called Vanessa (2010-2014)
Sister channel(s) Vivid TV Canada (English)
Website Vivid TV (French)
Bell TV Channel 778 (SD)
Cablevision du Nord Channel 222 (SD)
Cogeco Quebec Channel 321 (SD)
CCAP Channel 222 (SD)
Vidéotron Channel 222 (SD)
Bell Fibe TV Channel 778 (HD)
Telus Quebec Channel 9003 (SD)
Channel 9004 (HD)
VMedia Channel 368 (HD)

Vivid TV is a Canadian French language Category B pay TV adult entertainment television channel consisting of primarily softcore adult content in the form of films, documentaries, reality shows, and variety shows, among others, between 6:00am to 11:00pm EST, while hardcore content, primarily from Vivid Entertainment, fills the remainder of the schedule.[1] The channel is owned by Sex-Shop Television Inc., a division of IDI.


In December 2007, Sex-Shop Television Inc. was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch Vanessa, described as "a national French-language Category 2 pay television programming service devoted to the themes of sex appeal, sensuality, eroticism and sexuality."[2]

Vanessa launched on October 28, 2010 at 10pm in standard definition.[3] The channel was expected to launch a high definition feed in October 2010 and launch an English language counterpart in 2011 under the same name, however, neither channel was launched as planned.[3] On November 4, 2010, Bell TV added the channel to its lineup, giving the channel national distribution.

Vanessa logo

In October 2012, Sex-Shop Television received permission from the CRTC to convert Vanessa into a bilingual service (with programming subtitled in English for French programming, and vice versa); the company cited difficulties obtaining carriage for the dedicated English version as reasoning for the changes.[4] Despite this, the English version still launched as planned.

The channel began broadcasting in high-definition (HD) in 2014 when a separate HD feed was launched on Telus' Optik TV in Quebec.

In September 2014, Sex-Shop Television reached a licensing deal with the American adult entertainment company Vivid Entertainment, which saw both versions of Vanessa re-brand as VividTV on October 28, 2014, and allow the network access to its productions.[5]


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