DTH providers must carry all local stations - CAB

The CAB is proposing to the CRTC a new approach to govern the distribution of distant signals by DTH that will help to protect program rights and resolve other critical issues including loss of local advertising revenues. The CAB's three key recommendations are:

 The CRTC should require the DTH licensees to distribute every local television station, as part of the DTH licensees' basic service, to all subscribers located within the recognized market area of the station.
 DTH distributors wishing to offer distant Canadian signals should be required to apply to the CRTC for prior approval of each distant signal to be offered.
 DTH undertakings should be permitted to provide only one set of U.S. 4+1 network signals to each subscriber.

In a separate filing, the CAB has requested for dispute resolution with respect to an interim compensation agreement to bridge the gap until a new DTH carriage policy is implemented.

If you have any questions, please contact Sylvie Courtemanche at (613) 233-4035 ext. 352 (scourtemanche@cab-acr.ca) or Wayne Charman, ext. 357 (wcharman@cab-acr.ca).

For the CAB submission, go to "The Pulse" at the Members Only section of the CAB web site: www.cab-acr.ca. If you do not have your password to access the document, please contact Mélanie Hewson at ext. 305 (mhewson@cab-acr.ca).

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