Dorcel TV Canada

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Dorcel TV Canada
Dorcel TV logo
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersMontreal, Quebec
Language(s)English, French
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
OwnerImage Diffusion International
(Sex-Shop Television Inc.)
Sister channelsDorcel TV Canada (French)
Vixen TV
  • October 28, 2010 (French)
  • March 13, 2013 (English)
Former namesVanessa (2010-2014)
Vivid TV (2014-2018)
WebsiteDorcel TV (in French)

Dorcel TV is a Canadian premium 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 ET, while hardcore content, primarily from Dorcel TV, fills the remainder of the schedule. It is offered in English and French. The channel is owned by Sex-Shop Television Inc., a division of IDI.


Vanessa logo

In December 2007, Sex-Shop Television Inc. was granted approval by 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."[1] In March 2009, Sex-Shop Television Inc. then obtained approval to launch an English-language service of the same type and name.[2]

A French-language version of Vanessa initially launched on October 28, 2010;[3] Vanessa was added by Bell Satellite TV to its lineup one week later, giving the channel national distribution. An English version was expected to launch the following year;[3] however, it did not launch as planned.

In October 2012, Sex-Shop Television was given approval from the CRTC to convert the French Vanessa into a bilingual service due to Sex-Shop Television citing difficulties launching a fully dedicated English channel,[4] it appeared as though plans to launch an English service were scrapped. However, on March 11, 2013, Sex-Shop Television announced that an English-language channel was launching on March 13, 2013.[5] The channel was revealed to have launched on Vidéotron.

High definition (HD) feeds of the English- and French-language services launched in September 2014 on MTS TV and Telus's Optik TV in Quebec.

Vivid TV Canada logo

In September 2014, Sex-Shop Television reached a licensing deal with the American adult entertainment company Vivid Entertainment, which saw Vanessa re-brand as VividTV on October 28, 2014, and gain access to its library. Half of the network's programming was to come from Vivid, with the remainder from Vanessa's existing productions.[6][7]

On September 1, 2018, both the English and French versions of the channel were rebranded Dorcel TV Canada.[8]


  1. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-417 CRTC 2007-12-07
  2. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2009-123 CRTC 2009-03-06
  3. ^ a b Canada's first and only French language adult entertainment specialty television channel - VANESSA - Will be available in your home Thursday, October 28, 2010; CNW; 2010-04-27
  4. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2012-546 CRTC 2012-10-09
  5. ^ Vanessa TV's Twin Sister Takes on English Market Vanessa TV press release via Market Wire 2013-03-11
  6. ^ "Chaîne d'Anne-Marie Losique: VanessaTV devient VividTV". Huffington Post (in French). 29 September 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  7. ^ "VividTV Gets Canadian Presence". Multichannel News. 29 September 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  8. ^ MARC DORCEL launches the DORCEL TV Canada channel,, 08-28-18