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CCTA supports 3 new foreign third-language services

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OTTAWA - The Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association (CCTA) today sponsored the addition of three foreign third-language services for distribution by cable companies. CCTA requested that the CRTC add Radio Television Portugal International (RTPi), New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV) and Phoenix North American Chinese Channel to the lists of eligible satellite services.

"The CRTC has opened the door to offering consumers more choice in services and we intend to take advantage of this opportunity over the coming months," said Michael Hennessy, CCTA president. "Providing consumers with third-language services will expand the diversity and choice in television programming available to ethnic communities in Canada. These services also provide consumers with a legitimate source of entertainment and information, rather than having to resort to satellite signal theft."

RTPi is the international television network of Radiotelevisao Portuguesa, Portugal's public broadcasting company. The service was launched in 1992 and is currently distributed in more than 46 countries. The RTPi service consists of diverse, general interest Portuguese language programming, including new, current affairs, drama, sports and music.

NTDTV is a global independent, non-profit Chinese language TV network with its headquarters in New York City. NTDTV began broadcasting in North American in February 2002. It has extended its 24-hour broadcasting to cover Asia, Europe and Australia. NTDTV's programming is more than 90% Mandarin and includes world news, arts and entertainment, variety shows and documentary/educational programs.

Phoenix North America Chinese Channel was launched in 2001. The Channel features high-quality programming that caters to Chinese communities in North America providing the news and entertainment television from Hong Kong, China, Taiwan and other countries in the Asian Pacific region, 24-hours-a-day. The Channel is broadcast primarily in Mandarin.

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