OMNI HD - Multilingual
OMNI HD is a multilingual/multicultural television system committed to reflecting Canada’s diversity by broadcasting an array of ethnocultural programming, serving multiple language communities. OMNI has a combined reach to 22.7 million people across Canada. From weekly language newscasts to locally produced diversity programs, OMNI also delivers star-studded international series and films, including Bollywood blockbusters, Asian Cinema, as well as Italian and Portuguese telenovelas.
Derived from the Latin word "omnis" meaning "all", "Omni" is not an acronym, although the name is written all in capital letters.
OMNI is a multilingual/multicultural television system committed to reflecting Canada’s diversity by broadcasting an array of ethnocultural programming, serving multiple language communities. With five television stations -- in BC; Alberta (Calgary and Edmonton) and Ontario (OMNI.1 and OMNI.2) – OMNI has a combined reach to 22.7 million people across Canada. From weekly language newscasts to locally produced diversity programs, OMNI also delivers star-studded international series and films, including Bollywood blockbusters, Asian Cinema, as well as Italian and Portuguese telenovelas. OMNI Television is a part of Rogers Broadcasting Limited, a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI) which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company.
All Rogers-owned Omni stations are licensed to air programming in no less than 20 languages to communities encompassing at least 20 cultures—ethnic programming comprises 60% of the Omni stations' schedules. The Toronto-based Omnis are differently licensed with respect to the languages and communities they serve: CFMT airs programming for European and Caribbean language communities, while CJMT airs programming for the Pan-Asian and Pan-African audiences.
Omni stations also once aired a small amount of English-language entertainment programming aimed at mainstream audiences during part of their weekday lineups; in the past, these hav included syndicated sitcoms, talk shows, and game shows. In essence, these English-language programs served to attract advertising revenue, which could then be used to finance the multicultural programs. As of the 2015-16 television season, all of these programs have been dropped in favor of additional multicultural shows and documentary programs. The Omni stations do not normally air primetime programming simulcast from U.S. networks, but may do so in the event of scheduling conflicts with sister network Citytv, allowing Rogers to maintain their simsub rights in its duopoly markets. Omni regularly simulcasted the CBS late-night talk shows Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show under hosts Tom Snyder and Craig Ferguson until their conclusions. When hosted by Craig Kilborn, and for a brief period under Ferguson, The Late Late Show aired on Global, while the current incarnations of the programs with Stephen Colbert and James Corden air on Global and CTV respectively.
Omni Television stations have occasionally aired sporting events in minority languages, and in English as an overflow for Citytv or Sportsnet. Rogers acquired national media rights to the National Hockey League in November 2013. Beginning in the 2014-15 NHL season, the Omni stations added Hockey Night in Canada: Punjabi Edition, which broadcasts Punjabi-language telecasts of NHL games on Saturday nights, and selected playoff games. The Punjabi broadcasts are a continuation of CBC's past digital coverage of games in the language. Beginning in the later half of the 2018 season, and expanding into the 2019 season, Omni has carried a regular schedule of Sunday-afternoon Blue Jays games in Tagalog.