Our drive to innovate has propelled us forward for more than 55 years.
From the day it was founded in 1964, Videotron embarked on the path that would lead it to the top of the telecom industry. Its innovative founding president, Mr. André Chagnon, spearheaded the installation of the first cable broadcasting network in Montréal-Nord and part of Laval. Starting with a subscriber base of 66 customers, Videotron, named “Télécâble Vidéotron ltée” at the time, set out on a journey of innovation and prosperity that continues to this day.
The significant events in our history
Pierre Karl Péladeau becomes President and CEO.
Videotron unveils Vrai, Québec’s first subscription streaming service carrying exclusively unscripted lifestyle, documentary and entertainment programming.
Videotron acquires Cablovision Warwick inc. and its network.
Videotron participates in Operation High Speed, a project by the Québec and Canadian governments to connect 37,000 households in rural areas to high-speed Internet.
Videotron releases Club illico app. Canadians from coast to coast can use it to access Club illico’s growing catalogue of French-language content.
Videotron launches 5G network.
Videotron connects its first customer in Val-d'Or.
Videotron participates in the Régions branchées component of the Québec ministry of the economy and innovation’s “Québec haut débit program.” Videotron will extend its network to bring high-speed Internet to underserved sectors of the Charlevoix, Lower Saint Lawrence, Memphrémagog and Montérégie areas.
Videotron carries out its first wireline installation in Amos, in the Abitibi region.
Videotron announces the official launch of its mobile network in Rimouski (and 12 other municipalities).
Videotron joins forces with Samsung Electronics to roll out LTE-A and 5G radio access technology in Québec and the Ottawa region.
Videotron launches Helix, the technology platform that is revolutionizing home entertainment and management.
Jean-François Pruneau becomes President and CEO; Videotron closes the sale of 4Degrees Colocation to Vantage Data Centers, the North American leader in data hosting.
Videotron improves Internet access for low-income families through the Connecting Families initiative; in a forward-looking move for the retail network, the first Videotron store of the future opens its doors.
Videotron launches Fizz mobile, which delivers a 100% digital experience.
Videotron launches a blitz in Ottawa.
Videotron becomes first Canadian carrier to support toll-free international Wi-Fi calling.
Videotron’s Mobile service passes million-customer mark.
Videotron announces partnership with Comcast to develop Helix, an innovative IPTV solution.
Videotron acquires Fibrenoire to meet growing demand in the Québec business market.
Videotron takes a giant step into the future with the launch of the Open-Air Laboratory for Smart Living, in partnership with Ericsson, ÉTS and the Quartier de l’innovation.
Videotron acquires 4Degrees and spends $35 million to enlarge its data hosting facilities.
Videotron launches Club illico, a subscription video-on-demand service, and begins producing original series.
Manon Brouillette is named President and CEO.
Videotron launches its new state-of-the-art Mobile service in the Québec City and Montréal areas, and rolls it out to the Eastern Townships and Mauricie a few weeks later. The new service includes a unique new mobile television platform, illico mobile, bringing Videotron one step closer to a complete multiplatform offering spanning television, the Web and mobile.
Robert Dépatie is appointed President and Chief Executive Officer.
illico Digital TV, the first interactive TV entertainment platform, is launched.
Sale of Protectron.
Quebecor Media acquires Groupe Vidéotron ltée.
Digital TV is rolled out in Montréal, followed by Hull and Québec City.
Videotron acquires CF Cable TV Inc.
Videotron introduces its first Internet service.
Le SuperClub Vidéotron ltée is launched and becomes the largest video club chain in Québec.
Videotron creates Protectron, a security system company.
Videotron acquires Télé-Métropole inc., the largest private French-language television broadcaster in North America.
Groupe Vidéotron ltée is listed on the Montréal Stock Exchange.
Videotron acquires National Cablevision and becomes the largest cable operator in Québec.
The first à la carte TV system, called Sélecto-TV, is launched.
Videotron buys, modernizes and builds cable networks in Québec
Videotron is founded under the name Télécâble Vidéotron ltée by founding president André Chagnon.
And the best is yet to come!
Sustained by local talent and expertise, driven by its commitment to a unique customer experience, Videotron is an industry leader and an important part of Quebecers’ daily lives, today and into the future.