ESPN Classic (Canada)
ESPN Classic logo
|Launched||September 7, 2001|
CTV Speciality Television|
(Bell Media 80%
ESPN Inc. 20%)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Shaw Direct||Channel 464|
|Available on many Canadian cable systems||Check local listings, channels may vary|
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 409|
|Optik TV||Channel 121|
ESPN Classic is a Canadian English language Category B specialty channel owned by CTV Speciality Television Inc. (Bell Media (80%) and ESPN (20%). ESPN Classic broadcasts a range of archive sports coverage, talk shows, documentaries and films.
ESPN Classic was licensed as Classic Sports in November 2000 by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), and was launched on September 7, 2001 as ESPN Classic Canada. A few years after its launch, "Canada" was dropped from its name and logo to "ESPN Classic". ESPN Classic is the only ESPN-branded channel broadcasting in Canada, although in addition to owning a stake in the Canadian version of ESPN Classic, ESPN is part-owner of TSN (which uses on-air branding similar to the flagship ESPN channel in the U.S.), along with Bell Media.
ESPN Classic features various archive sporting events including hockey, Canadian football, basketball, curling, boxing and various other sports events as well as other sports related programming including films.
Sporting events shown on ESPN Classic must take place at least 18 months after their original broadcast under CRTC licence requirements.
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