RDS2 is a secondary feed of the Canadian French language specialty channel RDS, owned by CTV Specialty Television Inc., a joint venture of Bell Media (80%) and ESPN (20%). The network was launched on October 7, 2011 to coincide with the start of the 2011 MLB post-season; its launch night programming included coverage of the Division Series and a documentary on the Montreal Expos.
As with its English-language equivalent TSN2, it is a secondary outlet for programming that cannot be aired on the main network, and operates under the same Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) licence as RDS itself. It is available on digital cable and satellite services. As of November 23, 2011, television providers that carry the new channel include Bell TV, Shaw Direct, Vidéotron.