Unis (TV channel)
|Launched||September 1, 2014|
|Owned by||Le Consortium de télévision Québec Canada
(Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Association des producteurs de films et de télévision du Québec)
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|Slogan||Tout franco, tout beau.
(All French, all beautiful.)
|Sister channel(s)||TV5 Québec Canada|
|Bell TV||Channel 150 (SD)|
|Shaw Direct||Channel 741 (SD)|
|Available on many Canadian cable systems||Check local listings|
|Bell Aliant||Channel 810 (SD)
Channel 910 (HD)
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 141 (SD)
Channel 1141 (HD)
|MTS||Channel 409 (SD)|
|Optik TV||Channel 64 (QC) (SD)
Ch. 2088 (AB, BC) (HD)
Channel 612 (QC) (HD)
|SaskTel||Channel 875 (SD)|
|VMedia||Channel 650 (SD)|
Unis is a Canadian French-language Category A specialty channel that features programming focusing on Canadian Francophonie, in particular those living outside of Quebec, the country's largest and only officially uni-lingual French-speaking province. However, in addition, the channel broadcasts general entertainment from Canada and international markets.
The channel shares a broadcasting licence with its sister channel, TV5 Québec Canada (TV5), which focuses on international French-speaking programming.
After the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's (CRTC) call for applications regarding services who wish to be regulated to be distributed on the basic package of all television service providers in Canada, TV5's application was made public in January 2013. Within this application, TV5 proposed an additional service, Unis, which would operate under TV5's existing broadcast licence as a secondary feed, and would "offer programming focused primarily on reflecting the diversity of the Canadian Francophonie," while TV5 would continue to focus on offering programming primarily reflecting the international Francophonie.
The application was approved on August 8, 2013.
The channel launched on September 1, 2014.
Programs airing on the channel include Couleurs locales, a cultural newsmagaine series; Balade à Toronto, a music series showcasing live performances by francophone artists; Vu de l’intérieur, a documentary series on homes and interior design; J’habite ici, a documentary series showcasing towns and cities through the eyes of local francophone residents; Qu’est-ce qu’on sauve?, a series profiling people committed to protecting animals or safeguarding historical buildings in Ontario; Ma caravane au Canada; Canada plus grand que nature; 5e élément and Pense vite!.
In 2015, the channel announced that it had commissioned its first original dramatic series, St. Nickel. The series, to be filmed in Sudbury, Ontario by Carte Blanche Films, is currently in production for a scheduled debut on Unis in 2016.
- Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2013-19. CRTC, January 21, 2013.
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-384. CRTC, August 8, 2013.
- Unis New Francophone Channel Unveils Programming. Broadcaster, August 27, 2014.
- "«St-Nickel»: une première série originale pour Unis TV". Huffington Post, June 25, 2015.
- Unis (French)