Virgin 17

Virgin 17 was a French music video and TV show television network owned by the MCM Group, a subsidiary of Lagardère Active. It was available through digital terrestrial television in France, "TNT".

Virgin 17
Launched20 June 2002 (as i-MCM)
17 October 2005 (as Europe 2 TV)
Closed1 September 2010
Owned byMCM Group (2008-2010)
Groupe Bolloré (2010)
Audience share1.1% (May 2010, ozap)
Formerly callediMCM (2002–2005)
Europe 2 TV (2005–2007)
Replaced byDirect Star
TNTChannel 17
CanalSatChannel 37
Bis TelevisionsChannel 17
NumericableChannel 216
MC CableChannel 159
Inter VenezuelaChannel 247
Orange TVChannel 17
SFR TVChannel 17
Freebox TVChannel 17
AliceChannel 17
DartyBoxChannel 17

The channel was created for the launch of TNT and modelled after MCM, another channel owned by Lagardère Active. It initially had the working title "iMCM", but before launch it was named after the radio station Europe 2, and was then renamed Virgin 17 on 1 January 2008 (along with the radio station which became Virgin Radio France) From 1 September 2010, Virgin 17 changed its name to Direct Star. This change was intended by the Bolloré Group "for the sake of the uniform group" .

The TV channel has been broadcast free to air via satellite Hot Bird 8 (13°E) up to 2007-11-21. Now it's Viaccess encrypted and available to TPS subscribers ( change log, as well as on Internet television.

On 1 September 2010 Direct Star replaced Virgin 17.


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