Corus inks deal that’ll see Télétoon air Power Rangers Samurai, Teletoon Retro plays host to 700+ previous Power Rangers episodes
In another issue of the Canadian Power Rangers News Network (I swear, next article will be something different – InuYasha related? Who knows) we find a stunning revelation, Corus Entertainment has purchased not only picked up Power Rangers Samurai to air on Nickelodeon Canada, and later on Télétoon, it has also licensed the broadcast rights to the 700+ episodes of Power Rangers’ franchise for broadcast on both English, and French Teletoon Retro channels. That’s pretty huge, and may be what Saban meant in that quote about Samurai airing on Nicktoons alongside Nickelodeon in North America.
However, it is interesting to note that Teletoon Retro is mandated by the CRTC to air 90% animated programming in its broadcast year, and those 700+ episodes would heavily restrict the terms assuming a daily hour broadcast is given. Currently, there is no estimated broadcast schedule for Power Rangers on Retro, where as Nick Canada will premiere Samurai next week. Could this be Corus waiting to send a revised application for Retro to the CRTC? Teletoon Retro’s current broadcast standards expires August of 2012.
Also interesting to note is that Teletoon Retro is the home for Power Rangers broadcasts. I’ve mentioned before that I feel Nickelodeon Canada is too small a venue for Power Rangers Samurai, could this plant at Retro mean that eventually Samurai will find itself on the English Teletoon ala Transformers airing on Retro ultimately leading to Transformers Prime airing on Teletoon? I don’t know, but an educated guess may point towards that direction.
For those not willing to wait for their nostalgia boost, Power Rangers.com is streaming what fans have voted as their favourite episodes of the 145 days of Power Rangers campaign. No geo-lock – yay!