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Route reference: Part 1 application posted on 12 February 2013
Ottawa, 17 April 2013
Odyssey Television Network Inc.
Addition of Greek Cinema to the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution
The Commission approves an application to add Greek Cinema to the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution (the list) and amends the list accordingly. The revised list is available on the Commission’s website at www.crtc.gc.ca under “Broadcasting Sector.”
1. The Commission received an application dated 8 February 2013 from Odyssey Television Network Inc. (Odyssey Television) to add Greek Cinema to the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution (the list). The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.
2. Odyssey Television described Greek Cinema as a Greek-language (100%) niche channel that targets the Greek-speaking community and that consists of new movie releases as well as classic movies from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. Its programming would be sourced from Greece, and 2% of the programming would have English subtitles.
3. In Improving the diversity of third-language television services – A revised approach to assessing requests to add non-Canadian third-language television services to the lists of eligible satellite services for distribution on a digital basis, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2004-96, 16 December 2004, the Commission stated that requests to add non-Canadian general interest third-language services to the list would generally be approved, subject to any requirement it deemed appropriate. In the case of non-Canadian third-language services that provide narrowly targeted or “niche” programming, the Commission stated that it would continue to apply a case-by-case assessment to determine whether such services are partially or totally competitive with Canadian pay or specialty services.
Commission’s analysis and decision
4. In assessing the competitiveness of a service, the Commission relies primarily on the comments filed to identify the Canadian pay and specialty services with which a proposed non-Canadian service might be totally or partially competitive. Parties wishing to argue that a non-Canadian service should not be authorized for distribution in Canada are expected to provide detailed support for their position.
5. In the absence of opposing interventions, the Commission approves the application by Odyssey Television Network Inc. to add Greek Cinema to the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution and amends the list accordingly. The list is available on the Commission’s website at www.crtc.gc.ca under “Broadcasting Sector” and may be obtained in hard copy on request.
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