It appears as though Canadian animation station Teletoon is interested in launching a spinoff channel targeted towards comic book fans. This channel, dubbed “Teletoon Kapow!” (which was also the name of a short-lived weekend morning action block on Teletoon) would classify as a category 2 (digital cable, and satelite) must-carry channel and will target only English speakers. The proposal reads as follows:
The applicant states that the proposed service would be devoted to programming from international markets featuring the latest trends in non-violent action, adventure, superheroes, comedy and interactivity. The service’s interactivity would be achieved via programs on games associated with action series as well as magazine shows that cover current comic book trends and classics in comic books.
Which sounds eerily like Corus Entertainment’s proposal for a YTV spinoff channel named “YTV Pow!”:
Corus Entertainment Inc., on behalf of a company to be incorporated, filed an application for a broadcasting licence to provide YTV POW!, a national, English-language Category 2 specialty service that would offer programming from international markets featuring the latest trends in non-violent action, adventure, superheroes, comedy adventure and interactivity. The service would reach an interactive level with programs on the games associated with action series as well as magazine shows to cover current comic book trends and the classics.
That’s like copy, and paste with a few edits similar. As expected, YTV and Teletoon do fall (partially) under the same ownership.
Unsurprisingly, the license granted to “YTV Pow!” is set to expire in September if Corus Entertainment does not ask for an extension, which should be weeks prior to when the CRTC will publicly announce their decision on “Teletoon Kapow!” (hint: I think it’ll be approved). Given this news, I doubt an extension for “Pow!” will be asked for. Which makes it sound like a certain other stillborn channel we know about.
My only question is why does this exist? I understand it makes more sense to label any comic book related channel under the Teletoon branding at this point, given YTV doesn’t air much of any action-oriented programming. However, a venue that should eventually house 50% of the major comic book animation exists in Canada. Meaning that any gain Teletoon would receive by letting out some comic book programming they couldn’t fit on their schedule is null.
What’s even odder is that in the broadcast proposal Teletoon lists “YTV Pow!” as a competitor to “Kapow!” (I’m not sure how something that doesn’t exist can compete with anything, but hey maybe I read the legalese wrong), and neglects to mention Disney XD at all. Does this mean Disney XD will just be Family Channel’s rerun service of old Disney Sitcoms? If so, why does that channel exist? As that certainly doesn’t live up to its “FAMILY EXTREME” broadcast license.