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Individual Discretionary and On-Demand Services - Statistical and Financial Summaries 2012-2016

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Introduction

This report presents individual statistical and financial data compiled from the annual survey provided by discretionary and on-demand services for the broadcast year ended August 31, 2016.

Pursuant to Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2015-86, the terminology used for the pay, pay-per-view, video-on-demand and specialty services publication will be updated. This publication will now be titled “Discretionary and On-Demand Services” in order to reflect the new approach to licensing. The term “Discretionary services” will encompass all currently licensed pay and specialty services while the term “On-demand services” will encompass currently licensed pay-per-view and video-on-demand services.

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 licensed 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 licensed specialty Category B services including total revenues, total programming expenses, and total Canadian programming expenses. Complete financial information for all independent licensed specialty Category B services on an aggregate basis is also included in this publication. Consult the aggregate discretionary and on-demand services publication for information relating to exempt specialty Category B services.

Information found in this publication may not be sufficient to allow a proper evaluation of conditions of licence with respect to Canadian programming expenditures, as may be required of licensees in this sector. This is due to the fact that conditions of licence may take into account financial information which is not captured by financial statements. Consult the applicable CRTC licensing decision on our website for comprehensive details on an individual licensee’s conditions of licence.

Note: Affiliation payment information for discretionary and on-demand services may be found in the "Broadcast Distribution Undertakings" summary report.

Limitation on data collected

Annual returns for the broadcast year ended 31 August 2016 were required to be filed with the Commission by 30 November 2016. Data received subsequent to the compilation date is not reflected in this publication. The data reported for previous years has been updated to reflect any additional or adjusted information received by the Commission subsequent to the date of prior years' publications.

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