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Canada gets its own Super Channel

First national pay TV network to bow this fall

TORONTO — Canada’s first national pay TV network, Super Channel, is prepping to bow this fall.

It will join pay channel network incumbents Astral Communications-owned TMN, which operates in Eastern Canada, and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central, operating in the West.

Edmonton-based parent company Allarco Entertainment was awarded a pay TV license by Canada’s broadcast regulator the CRTC in May 2006, over the objections of Astral and Corus.

Super Channel will launch six channels, two of them HD, on a date yet to be confirmed.

It has inked output deals for Maple Pictures’ theatrical releases in Canada (including “Saw III,” “Death of a President,” and “The U.S. vs. John Lennon”), the U.K.’s Channel 4 (“Teachers,” “No Angels,” “Wedding Belles”) and NBC Universal Television (sudser “Passions”).

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