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Global TV in HD and Salt + Light and EWTN unscrambled on Videotron's illico Digital TV service

Montréal, April 6, 2005 – Vidéotron is pleased to announce that it will begin carrying Global TV in high definition (HD) on channel 608 of its line-up in the Montréal area, Sorel, Gatineau/Rockland, Rivière-du-Loup and Saguenay/Saint Félicien, as of April 7, 2005.

No extra charge
Global TV will be added at no additional charge to the existing HD Extra package, which costs $5.99 per month and includes Rogers Sportnet HD, Discovery HD, TSN HD, Citytv HD, CTV HD and Fox HD. It will be available to all customers in the localities listed above who are equipped with a Vidéotron HD set-top box and an HD television set. The latest channel additions, combined with flexible illico digital packages, demonstrate Vidéotron's continued leadership in home entertainment.

Salt + Light Television and EWTN unscrambled
The Salt + Light Television and EWTN specialty channels, carried on channel 242 and 241 respectively, will be unscrambled from April 6 until the election of a new pope. Subscribers to Vidéotron's illico Digital TV service will be able to follow Pope John Paul II's funeral and special programming from the Vatican, free of charge. Salt + Light Television is a Canadian Catholic service that broadcasts primarily in English but also in French, Italian, Spanish and other languages. EWTN, the largest Catholic television network in the world, carries commercial-free programming in English. The two religious channels are normally available in digital mode as a single package for $2.99 per month.

Couleur Jazz
Vidéotron also announces the addition of Couleur Jazz (broadcasting at 91.9) to its cable FM channel line-up in Montréal. The much-requested radio station will be carried on cable channel 92.7, replacing RFI.

Vidéotron ltée (www.videotron.com), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in cable television, interactive multimedia development, Internet access services and residential telephone service. Vidéotron is a leader in new technologies with its illico interactive television system and its broadband network, which supports high-speed cable Internet access, analog and digital cable television, and other services. Vidéotron serves 1,453,000 cable television customers in Québec; including over 334,000 illico subscribers. Vidéotron is also the Québec leader in high-speed Internet access, with 527,000 subscribers to its cable modem and dial-up services.
 


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