I was wondering why Telus does not have a Spanish speaking channel in its Optik lineup? Telus only has the channel TLN but this is not really a Spanish speaking channel, and has at best 10% Spanish content. Telus has TLN en Espanol, but this is only part of the Telus Satellite package which is not a feasible option for people in an urban area where the large majority of Spanish speaking people live.
In our family, we subscribe to Shaw, but would switch to Telus if there was a Spanish channel offered.
It seems to me that Telus is losing alot of potential business by not having a Spanish channel. Shaw has TLN en Espanol as part of its regular package and has had this channel for years. I doubt they would keep this channel if it is not profitable.
The fact that globally there are over half a billion Spanish speaking people, and Spanish is second only to Mandarin as language with most native speakers further shows the value of adding a Spanish channel to lineup. Also, with the increase in immigration to Canada of Spanish speaking people*, it makes sense to have at least one Spanish speaking channel. I see various channels in other languages which have fewer Canadian native speakers than Spanish, which further makes me wonder why not even one Spanish channel is offered.
*Currently, there are over 410 K people in Canada who speak Spanish as a first language which makes Spanish the fifth most spoken language in Canada. However, Telus Optik has no Spanish channel.Telus Optik currently has several language channels for languages that are much less frequently spoken than Spanish. For example, Optik has 3 channels in Polish. There are alot fewer Polish language speakers in Canada (190 K vs 410K) than Spanish language speakers, and the number of Polish speakers is decreasing every year, but the number of Spanish speakers is increasing due to immigration trends which are seeing an increase in immigration from Asian and Latin American countries and a decrease in immigration from European countries.