FAMILY CHANNEL Started on NSS-12 at 57.0E New TP Frequency 2021
NSS-12 @57.0E (C)
TP: 4095 R/H 30000
Today Latest Update November 14/11/2021
Family Channel (commonly known as Family) is a Canadian English-language specialty channel owned by WildBrain. Family’s programming is aimed towards preteens to teenagers ages 8–19. Family is headquartered in the Brookfield Place office complex, near the Financial District of Downtown Toronto. It has transmitted from Corus Quay since at least 2014.
When Family Channel was launched in 1988, much of its programming was heavily sourced from the American cable channel Disney Channel. In 2015, these rights lapsed and were later acquired by Corus Entertainment, who launched its own Canadian version of Disney Channel. Since 2016, Family has relied on WildBrain for its original programming, gets library programs from DHX, and acquisitions from other sources.
As of March 2013, Family Channel is available to approximately six million pay television households in Canada; it also has the highest total viewership among Canada’s children’s television channels. It broadcasts Eastern Time Zone feeds in both standard definition and high definition, and a Pacific Time Zone feed solely in standard definition. While it previously operated with a commercial-free format due to its status as a premium channel, the formal categorization has since been removed from the CRTC’s policies, allowing Family to transition to an ad-supported format similar to conventional specialty channels.
Family Channel was licensed as a premium television service by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on December 1, 1987; it was originally operated as a joint venture between Allarcom Pay Television Limited and First Choice Canadian Communications Corporation (owners of both Superchannel and First Choice), with both companies owning a 50% stake in the service.
The network officially launched on September 1, 1988; during its first decade, Family Channel’s programming format mirrored that of then fellow U.S. premium service The Disney Channel. Family’s programming lineup consisted mainly of domestic and foreign-imported live action and animated series (with many of the imported series produced by The Walt Disney Company’s television production units – Walt Disney Television, and eventually Touchstone Television, now ABC Studios), feature films from the Walt Disney Pictures library, classic films from other American and Canadian film studios, and specials. At the time of its launch, Family Channel broadcast for 16½ hours each day, from 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. ET.
Family was originally offered by cable companies as a standalone channel that required an additional monthly subscription fee. In October 1997, most domestic cable and satellite providers started offering the channel as part of a package with that year’s wave of new specialty channels. While Family initially continued its premium format, it later changed its programming strategies to closer-resemble those of mainstream specialty channels, albeit remaining commercial-free because it was still legally considered a premium service.