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Vidéotron is a Canadian integrated telecommunications company active in cable television, interactive multimedia development, video on demand, cable telephony, wireless communication and Internet access services. Owned by Quebecor, it primarily serves Quebec, as well as the Francophone communities of New Brunswick and some parts of Eastern Ontario. Its principal competitors are Bell Canada and Telus Communications.

Vidéotron was established in 1964, under the name "Télécâble Vidéotron Ltée" as northern Montreal's first cable television network. Their initial subscriber base was 66. André Chagnon served as the company's founding president.

From 1966 to 1969, the company expanded and upgraded their network to cover all of Quebec.

In 1969 the company offers the first pay-per-view service under the name Sélecto-TV.

In 1974, a bi-directional network was created in Saint-Jérôme, one of the first in the world at the time.

By 1980, Vidéotron acquired Câblevision Nationale to become the largest teledistributor in Quebec. Vidéotron acquired Télé-Métropole in 1986, the largest private French-language television company in North America.

In 1989 the company opened the first video rental stores : Le SuperClub Vidéotron. A first fiber optic network is created between the cities of Quebec and Montreal.

By 1989, Vidéotron launched Vidéoway terminals in Quebec, the first system of interactive television in North America.

This page was last edited on 19 July 2018, at 04:02 (UTC).
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