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Encyclopedia > Movie Central
Movie Central
Type Premium television service
Country Flag of Canada Canada
Availability    Western Canada & Territories
Owner Corus Entertainment
Launch date 1984
Past names Superchannel
First Choice-Superchannel
Website www.moviecentral.ca

Movie Central (MC) is a Canadian English language premium television service. Movie Central is designated to operate west of the Ontario-Manitoba border, including the territories, which launched in its current form on April 1, 2001, and is owned by Corus Entertainment. Image File history File links Subscribe_mc_logo. ... Premium television (sometimes pay television in North America) generally refers to a class of commercial-free television services which are available for subscription through cable and satellite television for fees much higher than traditional, packaged cable networks or specialty services. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article is about the region in Canada. ... Northern Canada, defined politically Northern Canada is the vast northernmost region of Canada variously defined by geography and politics. ... Corus Entertainment Inc. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Premium television (sometimes pay television in North America) generally refers to a class of commercial-free television services which are available for subscription through cable and satellite television for fees much higher than traditional, packaged cable networks or specialty services. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English (de facto) Government Lieutenant-Governor David C. Onley Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament House seats 107 Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area... Motto: Gloriosus et Liber (Latin: Glorious and free) Capital Winnipeg Largest city Winnipeg Official languages English French (de facto) Government Lieutenant-Governor John Harvard Premier Gary Doer (NDP) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament House seats 14 Senate seats 6 Confederation July 15, 1870 (5th) Area  Ranked 8th Total 647,797... Regions Political culture Foreign relations Other countriesAtlas  Politics Portal      Canada is a federation which consists of ten provinces that, with three territories, make up the worlds second largest country in total area. ... is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Corus Entertainment Inc. ...


Movie Central is carried by various Canadian cable and satellite television in providers Western Canada including Bell ExpressVu, Star Choice, Shaw, Access Communications and more. It is the equivalent of The Movie Network, which is available in the rest of Canada. Coaxial cable is often used to transmit cable television into the house. ... Satellite television is television delivered by way of communications satellites, as compared to conventional terrestrial television and cable television. ... This article is about the region in Canada. ... Bell ExpressVu is the division of Bell Canada Enterprises that provides satellite television service across Canada. ... Star Choice is a direct broadcast satellite television distributor in Canada which is majority-owned by cable TV operator Shaw Communications Inc. ... Shaw Communications Inc. ... Access Communications Co-operative Ltd. ... The Movie Network is a general-interest premium television service available in Canada, specifically east of the Ontario-Manitoba border, excluding the territories. ...

Contents

Channels and content

Further information: Encore Avenue

Movie Central operates four multiplex channels. MC operates as a separate service with a separate licence then its sister network, Encore Avenue, although often Encore Avenue is sold together in a package with Movie Central. Encore Avenue (EA) is a Canadian English language premium television service. ... In telecommunications, multiplexing (also muxing or MUXing) is the combining of two or more information channels onto a common transmission medium using hardware called a multiplexer or (MUX). ... Encore Avenue (EA) is a Canadian English language premium television service. ...

Movie Central offers an extensive variety of first-run films and television series, most of which come from the American services HBO and Showtime, as well as critically acclaimed original Canadian series as well, most of which are co-produced in partnership with The Movie Network. Selected time block branded Metro, airs independent, short, festival, foreign, and subtitled films, documentaries and original programming. Film may refer to: photographic film a motion picture in academics, the study of motion pictures as an art form a thin skin or membrane, or any covering or coating, whether transparent or opaque a thin layer of liquid, either on a solid or liquid surface or free-standing Film... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... For other uses, see HBO (disambiguation). ... This article is about the pay TV channel. ... Short subject is an American film industry term that historically has referred to any film in the format of two reels, or approximately 20 minutes running time, or less. ... A film festival is the presentation or showcasing of films in one or more movie theaters or screening venues. ... For other uses, see Subtitle. ... Documentary film is a broad category of cinematic expression united by the intent to remain factual or non-fictional. ...


Films air on Movie Central approximately 10-12 months after they were in theatres, 3-6 months after pay-per-view and over 1½ years before regular television. Sports coverage is permitted, but in such limited amounts that it is rarely seen, in contrast to HBO and Showtime.


In December 2004, Movie Central launched its first high definition channel called Movie Central HD which delivers simulcasted content from Movie Centrals various multiplex channels excluding EA and EA2. In 2006 MC launched its second HD service called Movie Central 2 HD which delivers an alternative schedule of HD content from Movie Central HD. High-definition television (HDTV) is a digital television broadcasting system with greater resolution than traditional television systems (NTSC, SECAM, PAL). ...


Movie Central introduced a video on demand service; Movie Central On Demand, to digital cable subscribers. Content includes films and television series from Movie Central and its four multiplex channels excluding the two Encore Avenue channels. Video on demand (VOD) systems allow users to select and watch video and clip content over a network as part of an interactive television system. ... Digital cable is a term for a type of cable digital television that delivers more channels than possible with analog cable by using digital video compression. ...


Noted Series

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Superchannel pay-tv logo

For other uses, see Big Love (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Californication. ... Curb Your Enthusiasm is an American sitcom starring Seinfeld writer, co-creator, and executive producer Larry David as himself. ... For the Hanna-Barbera animated series, see Dexters Laboratory. ... Durham County is a Canadian television drama series, airing on The Movie Network and Movie Central in 2007. ... Entourage is an Emmy Award-winning HBO original series created by Doug Ellin that chronicles the rise of Vincent Chase — a young A-list movie star — and his childhood friends from Queens, New York City as they navigate the unfamiliar terrain of Hollywood, California. ... ReGenesis is a Canadian television program produced by The Movie Network and Movie Central in conjunction with Shaftesbury Films. ... Rome is a multiple Emmy Award-winning historical drama, produced in Italy for television by the BBC (UK), HBO (USA), and RAI (Italy). ... Stargate Atlantis (often abbreviated as SGA) is an American-Canadian science fiction television program, part of the Stargate franchise owned by MGM. Developed by longtime SG-1 producers Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, it is a spin-off from the television series Stargate SG-1. ... Tell Me You Love Me is a TV drama series that HBO will begin broadcasting on September 9, 2007 and The Movie Network will debut in the Fall 2007. ... Image File history File links Superchannel-paytv. ... Image File history File links Superchannel-paytv. ...

History

Movie Central was originally known as Superchannel and was, in fact, the descendant of three regional pay services licensed in 1982: Aim Satellite Broadcasting (British Columbia and Yukon), Allarcom Pay Television (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and what is now the Northwest Territories and Nunavut) - which had incorporated the Saskatchewan-based Teletheatre service a few years earlier - and Ontario Independent Pay Television. Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... Motto: Splendor sine occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Official languages English (de facto) Government Lieutenant-Governor Steven Point Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament House seats 36 Senate seats 6 Confederation July 20, 1871 (6th province) Area  Ranked 5th Total 944... This article is about Yukon Territory in Canada. ... For other uses, see Alberta (disambiguation). ... This article is about the Canadian province. ... Motto: Gloriosus et Liber (Latin: Glorious and free) Capital Winnipeg Largest city Winnipeg Official languages English French (de facto) Government Lieutenant-Governor John Harvard Premier Gary Doer (NDP) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament House seats 14 Senate seats 6 Confederation July 15, 1870 (5th) Area  Ranked 8th Total 647,797... For the former United States territory, see Northwest Territory. ... For the Canadian federal electoral district, see Nunavut (electoral district). ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English (de facto) Government Lieutenant-Governor David C. Onley Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament House seats 107 Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area...


In 1984 these three services were merged under the ownership of Allarcom and exited the Ontario market, while the formerly national service First Choice, which also used the First Choice-Superchannel name, agreed to serve only Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. It is possible that even prior to the merger, the three services worked together in some form, perhaps under the Superchannel name. [1] This article is about the year. ... The Movie Network is a general-interest premium television service available in Canada, specifically east of the Ontario-Manitoba border, excluding the territories. ... This article is about the Canadian province. ... HI Eric u suck!!!!!!!!!!!!! from,Trevor and Dalton ...


With the introduction of TSN and MuchMusic in September 1984, Superchannel converted to a predominantly movie-based service, as did First Choice. The Sports Network (commonly known as TSN) is a Canadian English language cable television specialty channel and is Canadas leading English language sports television channel. ... MuchMusic (often referred to only as Much) is a Canadian English language cable television specialty channel owned by CTVglobemedia dedicated to music and music-related programs. ... This article is about motion pictures. ...


Allarcom was later acquired by Western International Communications, which launched a parallel classic-movie service, MovieMax!, in the Superchannel service area in 1994. Originally featuring movies from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, the channel later expanded to earlier movies (its licence actually allows the channel to air movies that are older than five years). When digital cable and satellite TV became available, Superchannel 2 and 3 were introduced (which were Superchannel 1 on two and four hour delays, respectively), plus MovieMax! 2 on satellite only (a two hour delay of MovieMax!). During the WIC years, there was a noticeable difference in quality between the WIC services and their eastern counterparts, due largely to a 1996 lawsuit against HBO for allegedly promoting the grey-market availability of U.S.-based satellite television providers. WIC was at the time also a significant shareholder in ExpressVu. In retaliation HBO refused to license any of its programmes to Superchannel. [2] You may be looking instead for the User:Wikipedia is Communism vandal Western International Communications, or WIC, was a Canadian media company, which was acquired by CanWest Global Communications in 2000. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... HBO (Home Box Office) is a premium cable television network with headquarters in New York City. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... Satellite television is television delivered by way of communications satellites, as compared to conventional terrestrial television and cable television. ... Bell ExpressVu is the division of Bell Canada which sells digital television services in Canada. ...


The duelling takeover bids for, and eventual split of, WIC resulted in Superchannel and MovieMax! being transferred to Corus Entertainment, which settled the HBO lawsuit and began to license programmes such as The Sopranos. On April 1, 2001, Superchannel and MovieMax! were rebranded under the umbrella brand Movie Central, which consisted of six diverse channels: Movie Central, Adrenaline Drive, Heartland Road, Shadow Lane, Encore Avenue, and Comic Strip. On March 1, 2006, the sub-brands were dropped (as customers were not understanding their meanings and found the names confusing), changing into four channels called Movie Central, and two channels called Encore Avenue, each of which are still diverse in their schedules. On the Encore Avenue stations, the films that are aired are now only from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, possibly due to the introduction of Turner Classic Movies in Canada. Corus Entertainment Inc. ... This article is about the television series. ... is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 60th day of the year (61st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a cable television channel featuring commercial-free classic movies, mostly from the Turner Entertainment and Warner Bros. ...


Duopoly issue

The de facto duopoly of The Movie Network and Movie Central has been subject to criticism. No other premium channels broadcast within Canada. Critics argue this limits competition and consumer choice, while proponents of the current system say there is very little in content or functionality that it is not already offered by the existing services. A true duopoly is a specific type of oligopoly where only two producers exist in one market. ...


In July 2005, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission or CRTC, the Canadian federal broadcast regulator, announced that public hearings would begin on October 24, 2005 on four broadcast group applications for new national pay TV licences. Each applicant said they would commit towards the creation of more Canadian program content. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC, in French Conseil de la radiodiffusion et des télécommunications canadiennes) was established in 1968 by the Canadian Parliament to replace the Board of Broadcast Governors. ...


On May 18, 2006, it was announced that the Allarco Entertainment application was accepted, while the other three were rejected. [3] This approved application effectively ends the Movie Network/Movie Central duopoly. is the 138th day of the year (139th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Allarco Entertainment Inc. ...


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