Canal (TV provider)

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Type Société anonyme
Availability Satellite television
Founded 14 November 1992 (1992-11-14) by André Rousselet
Slogan Redécouvrez la télé.
(Rediscover TV.)
Headquarters Issy-les-Moulineaux
Broadcast area
Owner Vivendi
Parent Canal+ Group
Former names
Canal Satellite, Canalsat
Affiliates Canalsat Horizons
Official website

Canal is a French subscription provider. It is owned by Vivendi (owner of Canal) with a hundred percent share.


In 1992, Canal was founded, as CanalSatellite, and the shareholders were Canal+ Group (66 percent) and Lagardere Active (34 percent), a subsidiary of Lagardère.

On 27 April 1996, CanalSatellite launched as a digital satellite platform, which was the first in Europe.

An inside account of the rise of Canal+ and establishment of CanalSatellite as a major satellite TV provider in Europe is given in the book High Above, which tells the story of the foundation and development of the leading European satellite operator, SES Astra.

On 15 November 2016, Canalsat was rebranded as Canal.

Overseas operations


External links

  • Official site
  • Official site for Switzerland
  • List of Channels on Canal
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