Vidéotron Ltée

March 01, 2005 11:15 ET

A Canadian First on illico Digital TV: Five New International Spanish-Language Channels


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MARCH 1, 2005 - 11:15 ET

A Canadian First on illico Digital TV: Five New
International Spanish-Language Channels

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - March 1, 2005) - Videotron is
introducing a new Spanish-language package called HISPANO made up of
five new international Spanish services, Canal SUR, Cinelatino,
Eurochannel, Grandes Documentales and Utilisima, plus the Telelatino
(TLN) channel, which is already popular with Italian- and
Spanish-speaking Canadians. The all-Spanish package will bring viewers a
variety of popular programs from Spain and Latin America representative
of the breadth and range of international Spanish-language television.
HISPANO will be available on illico Digital TV in Montreal, Gatineau,
Rockland and Sorel.

Channel descriptions and positions

- Canal SUR - channel 260

An all-news channel carrying 20 newscasts per day plus live current
events programs from 12 Latin American countries, highlighting the
social, political and cultural diversity of the Hispanic world.

- Cinelatino - channel 261

Cinelatino offers movie buffs a vast selection of excellent feature
films by the best Spanish and Latin American directors, commercial-free.

- Eurochannel - channel 262

Eurochannel features high-rated television programs and films from
across Europe, as well as its own magazine-style programs. All programs
are broadcast in the original language, with Spanish subtitles.

- Grandes Documentales - channel 263

Fascinating documentaries about history, nature, science, technology,
art in all its forms, celebrities and travel.

- Utilisima - channel 264

Programs focused on the concerns and interests of Spanish-speaking
women. Lifestyles, fashions, cooking, decorating, health and beauty make
up the channel's daily fare.

- Telelatino - channel 250

The Hispano package also includes the popular Italian channel
Telelatino, which Videotron has been carrying for years.

HISPANO channels unscrambled in March

To give all subscribers to illico Digital TV, and particularly members
of ethnic communities, an opportunity to discover the richness and
diversity of the Hispanic cultures of Europe and Latin America,
Videotron will unscramble the channels throughout the month of March
2005.

Introductory offer: $5 off per month

New subscribers to Hispano will get a $5 discount off the regular price
for the first year. From March 1, 2005 through February 28, 2006, the
package will cost $9.99 instead of $14.99 per month.

The Spanish-language channels in the HISPANO package are represented by
Terraterra Communications inc. In Montreal (www.terraterra.ca).

Videotron ltee (www.videotron.com), a wholly-owned subsidiary of
Quebecor Media Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in
cable television, interactive multimedia development, Internet access
services and residential telephone service. Videotron is a leader in new
technologies with its illico interactive television system and its
broadband network, which supports high-speed cable Internet access,
analog and digital cable television, and other services. Videotron
serves 1,453,000 cable television customers in Quebec; including over
334,000 illico subscribers. Videotron is also the Quebec leader in
high-speed Internet access, with 527,000 subscribers to its cable modem
and dial-up services.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Videotron ltee
    Jean-Paul Galarneau
    Senior Manager, Communications
    (514) 380-7383
    (514) 824-0001 (Cell)