RDS2 Launches on Vidéotron Tomorrow

- RDS' new 24-hour sports network now available on Vidéotron, Bell and Shaw Direct -

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MONTREAL, Nov. 22, 2011 /CNW/ - RDS confirmed today that its new French-language 24-hour sports digital network RDS2 will be available to Vidéotron subscribers through illico TV starting tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 23. Launched last month in both High Definition (HD) and standard definition (SD), RDS2 delivers more than 1,500 hours of live and exclusive major league sports action each year.

In addition to being available on Vidéotron, carriage of RDS2 has already been launched by Bell TV and Shaw Direct (see below for channel listings).

"This is a big win for sports fans in the region. We've heard from our viewers that they want RDS2 available in their homes, and we are delighted that Vidéotron has joined our roster of distributors," said Gerry Frappier, President of RDS. "RDS2 has already given sports fans live coverage of major events that couldn't be seen anywhere else. We are thrilled that Vidéotron customers will now be able to join us for all of the action."

RDS2 can be seen on the following television service providers:

  • Bell TV -  Channel 1881 in HD and Channel 192 in SD

  • Bell Fibe  - Channel 1144 in HD and Channel 144 in SD

  • Shaw Direct Classic - Channel 239 in HD and Channel 748 in SD

  • Shaw Direct Advanced - Channel 391 in HD and Channel 748 in SD

  • Vidéotron  (illico TV) - Channel 761 in HD and Channel 161 in SD

As part of the deal, RDS Mobile TV and TSN Mobile TV will also available on illico mobile giving Vidéotron mobile customers access to hundreds of live sporting events from RDS, RDS2, TSN and TSN2.

Fans can contact their local television service providers for information on pricing and packaging for RDS2.

For more information on RDS2 visit RDS2.ca.

Le Réseau des sports (RDS) is a French-language sports network offering a comprehensive, world-class programming lineup. Since its inception in 1989, RDS has developed an unparalleled programming grid featuring major events and properties that include the exclusive broadcast rights to the Montreal Canadiens and other NHL hockey games, the Stanley Cup playoffs and finals, MLS and Montreal Impact soccer beginning in 2012, exclusive rights to the Tour de France, CFL and NFL football, the Grey Cup and the Super Bowl, F1 and NASCAR racing, MLB baseball including the World Series, more than 30 PGA Tour golf tournaments (including the four Majors), ATP and WTA tennis including all major tennis tournaments, English Premier League and Euro 2012 and 2016 soccer, the Canada Cup of Curling, Skate Canada and the IIHF World Junior Championship. RDS is also the official broadcaster of the London 2012 Olympic Games. RDS is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. For more information about RDS, visit RDS.ca.

For further information:

Simon Céré, (w) 514.529.2135, (c) 514.754.3135, simon.cere@bellmedia.ca
Joanne Lamoureux, (w) 514.529.2104, (c) 514.894.1390, joanne.lamoureux@bellmedia.ca