Vanessa is a Canadian French language Category B pay TV adult entertainment television channel consisting of primarily softcore adult content in the form of films, documentaries, reality shows, and variety shows, among others, between 6:00am to 11:00pm EST, while hardcore content fills the remainder of the schedule. The channel is owned by Sex-Shop Television Inc., a division of IDI.In December 2007, Sex-Shop Television Inc. was granted approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch Vanessa, described as “a national French-language Category 2 pay television programming service devoted to the themes of sex appeal, sensuality, eroticism and sexuality.”Vanessa launched on October 28, 2010 at 10pm in standard definition.The channel was expected to launch a high definition feed upon launch in October 2010 and launch an English language counterpart in 2011 under the same name, however, neither channel launched as planned. On November 4, 2010, Bell TV added the channel to their lineup, giving the channel national distribution.In June 2012, regulatory documents posted on the CRTC website reveal an application by Sex-Shop Television Inc. requesting that the service be approved as a bilingual service in French and English. The channel’s owners propose to have programming in one language subtitled in the other. Cited reasons for the request include the channel’s owners having difficulties launching an English counterpart to Vanessa due to the lack of bandwidth.
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