Cablevision, Over 50 Years of History

Cablevision is a leader in the regional cable television and cable Internet industries. With more than 40 employees, the company mainly serves the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region, but also the following areas:
Lanaudière, Montérégie, Laurentians, Mauricie, Outaouais, and Northern Ontario.

Cablevision's history began over 50 years ago, in 1957. A human story, and an uncommon one, written year after year by passionate local individuals. Thanks to their commitment to action and their unprecedented involvement in the community, they continue to help shape regional development.

Important Dates in the History of Cablevision


1957
Paul Mailhot brings cable television to Val-d’Or. He offers Roland Hamel, an employee of Northern Quebec Power (today, Hydro-Québec), the job of installing the cable, the towers and the amplifiers.


1963

Matagami Lake Mine asks Mr. Hamel to build a cable network so it can offer the service to the town's future residents.


1968
Roland Hamel acquires the cable TV company from Paul Mailhot. The company has 750 subscribers by then.


1969
The company decides to move its cable head-end to a more strategic location. It also begins construction of a large parabolic antenna to capture FM radio signals from Montréal and Ottawa.


1972
After obtaining a cable distribution license for Rouyn-Noranda, the company adopts the name Cablevision du Nord de Québec inc. and associates itself with National Cablevision in Montréal in order to obtain the necessary funding to build the Rouyn-Noranda network.


1976
Cable network established in La Sarre, Macamic, Normétal, Taschereau, Notre-Dame-du-Nord.


1978
On July 11, Cablevision acquires the building located at 45 Boulevard Hôtel-de-Ville, in Val-d’Or.


1980
Mr. Hamel buys back all of the shares held by National Cablevision and becomes the sole shareholder of Cablevision du Nord de Québec inc.



1981-1985
Television undergoes a major change with the advent of satellite access to U.S. channels.


1982
Construction of the cable network in Témiscaming, Québec, as well as in Dobie, Virginiatown and Larder Lake, Ontario.


1987
On its 30th anniversary, Cablevision has 35 permanent employees, 23,000 subscribers, and 35 channels, including pay-TV stations.


1997
Cablevision launches its new cable Internet service for Rouyn-Noranda and environs. It becomes the first company to offer high-speed Internet entirely by cable. It is also the first to offer Internet access via satellite.


1998
Cablevision acquires the Ville-Marie cable TV company. Jointly with Hydro-Québec, it invests $1.5 million to build a fibre optic link between Val-d'Or and Rouyn-Noranda, thus increasing its capacity to 80 channels and making Internet service available to customers located between these two cities.


1999
Cablevision introduces an innovative new digital television service in Val-d'Or and Rouyn-Noranda. The service features 152 channels, including exclusive access to local channels, with DVD- quality image, Dolby Digital-quality sound, and reliable reception quality.


2001
The CRTC approves the purchase of Cablevision du Nord de Québec by Télébec.


2002
Introduction of high-speed Internet in Témiscaming and Thorne. Acquisition of Électro-vision (La Tuque), Câble Média Plus (Saint-Michel-des-Saints) and Télécâble Blouin (Ferme-Neuve) cable companies.


2005
Introduction of Fleximo New Generation, Cablevision’s digital TV service, featuring 230 channels, including seven high-definition (HD) channels.


2006
Purchase of the assets of the cable TV company Cablevision Montérégie.


2007
On its 50th anniversary, Cablevision has 41 permanent employees and offers more than 230 channels, including 17 HD channels.