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Pay & Specialty - Financial Summary 2010-2014

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In Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2011-601 - Regulatory framework relating to vertical integration, the Commission determined it will publish complete financial information for specialty Category A services and specialty Category B services owned or controlled by a vertically integrated entity. The Commission also determined it will publish partial financial information for all independent individual specialty Category B services including total revenues, total programming expenses, and total Canadian programming expenses. Complete financial information for all independent specialty Category B services on an aggregate basis is also included in this publication.

Beginning in broadcast year 2012, pay and specialty services were classified in the newly defined categories A, B and C. The definitions as outlined in the Broadcast Distribution Regulations are explained as follows:

“Category A service” means

  1. a Canadian programming service that is designated as such by the Commission; or
  2. for the remainder of the term of a licence that was issued before September 1, 2011,
    1. a pay television service other than a Category 2 service that was designated as such by the Commission before that day and other than a Category C service, or
    2. a specialty service other than a Category 2 service that was designated as such by the Commission before that day and other than a Category C service. (service de catégorie A)

“Category B service”, except as set out in subsection 19(2), means

  1. a Canadian programming service that is designated as such by the Commission; or
  2. for the remainder of the term of a licence that was issued before September 1, 2011, a Category 2 service that was designated as such by the Commission before that day, other than a Category C service. (service de catégorie B)

“Category C service” means

  1. a Canadian programming service that is designated as such by the Commission; or
  2. a pay television service or a specialty service that is subject to the conditions of licence set out in the appendices to Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-562, dated September 4, 2009 and entitled Conditions of licence for competitive Canadian specialty services operating in the genres of mainstream sports and national news, as amended from time to time. (service de catégorie C)
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