Z (TV channel)

For the American pay television service that existed from 1974 to 1989, see Z Channel. For other uses, see Z Channel (disambiguation).

Z logo
Launched January 31, 2000
Owned by Bell Media
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Country Canada
Language French
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Montreal, Quebec
Formerly called Canal Z (2000–2005)
Ztélé (2005–2014)
Sister channel(s) Space
Website Z (French)
Bell TV Channel 131 (SD)
Channel 1858 (HD)
Shaw Direct Channel 754 (SD)
Channel 385 / 241 (HD)
Available on many
Canadian cable
Check local listings
Bell Aliant Channel 873 (SD)
Channel 973 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV Channel 121 (SD)
Channel 1121 (HD)
MTS Channel 424 (SD)
Optik TV Channel 8019 (SD)
Channel 2019 (HD)
Telus Quebec Channel 45 (SD)
Channel 645 (HD)
VMedia Channel 121 (HD) (QC)
Zazeen Channel 204 (HD)

Z is a Canadian French language Category A specialty channel owned by Bell Media. Z focuses on programming primarily from the science fiction, fantasy, and technology genres consisting of dramas, films, and documentaries.


In May 1999, Radiomutuel Inc. was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for a television broadcasting licence for a channel called Canal Z, aux limites du savoir, described as "a national French-language television specialty service that is dedicated entirely to science and technology, the earth and its secrets, space exploration, the paranormal and science fiction, lifestyles and computer science."[1]

Before the channel was launched, in June 1999, Astral Media announced its intention to purchase Radiomutuel,[2] which was approved by the CRTC on January 12, 2000[3] and closed shortly thereafter.

The channel launched on January 31, 2000[4] as Canal Z (often referred to as simply Z). The channel was renamed Ztélé in 2005 and a new logo was introduced.

Astral Media was acquired by Bell Media in 2013, making Ztélé a sister channel to the English-language science-fiction channel, Space.

As of August 25, 2014, the channel has been renamed Z.[5]


On October 30, 2006, Astral Media launched "Ztélé HD", a HD simulcast of Ztélé's standard definition feed.[6]


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