ARCHIVED - Public Notice CRTC 2000-128

This page has been archived on the Web

Information identified as archived on the Web is for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. Archived Decisions, Notices and Orders (DNOs) remain in effect except to the extent they are amended or reversed by the Commission, a court, or the government. The text of archived information has not been altered or updated after the date of archiving. Changes to DNOs are published as “dashes” to the original DNO number. Web pages that are archived on the Web are not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards. As per the Communications Policy of the Government of Canada, you can request alternate formats by contacting us.

Public Notice CRTC 2000-128
Ottawa, 14 September 2000
Linkage requirements for direct-to-home (DTH) satellite distribution undertakings




This public notice sets out the rules concerning the linkage of programming services distributed on a discretionary basis by licensees holding a DTH satellite distribution undertaking licence (DTH licensee). The requirements set out below are intended to reflect those contained in existing conditions of licence of DTH licensees; to the extent that the requirements depart from any particular condition of licence, the condition of licence will prevail. The provisions set out in this notice replace those contained in Public Notice CRTC 1997-50 dated 2 May 1997.


The list of DTH Eligible Satellite Services is included as Appendix C to the Lists of Eligible Satellite Services (the Lists) and reflects the conditions set out in the licences of existing DTH licensees.
Rules regarding the distribution of programming services


A DTH licensee must offer the specialty programming service of La Télé des Arts on the discretionary package containing the largest number of French-language services. The fee payable to the service provider shall be in the amount of $0.55 per subscriber per month.
Linkage requirements with respect to programming services distributed as discretionary services


The non-Canadian satellite services specified in the list of DTH Eligible Satellite Services may only be offered in a discretionary package with Canadian pay television and/or Canadian specialty services, and are subject to the following linkage requirements:

a) a Canadian pay television service (excluding the service of a Canadian DTH pay-per-view television programming undertaking) may be linked in a given discretionary package with no more than five channels containing any of the non-Canadian-originated services specified in either Section A or Section B of the list of DTH Eligible Satellite Services, but in no case can a licensee distribute more than five channels of non-Canadian programming services linked with Canadian pay television services, regardless of the number of Canadian pay television services distributed by the licensee;

b) i) each Canadian specialty service, distributed within a discretionary package that may include one or more Canadian specialty and/or pay television services, may be linked with no more than one channel containing any of the non-Canadian programming services specified in Section A of the list of DTH Eligible Satellite Services;

ii) a DTH licensee may designate one of the U.S. superstations specified in Section B of the list of DTH Eligible Satellite Services, and distribute the signal of that superstation within a given discretionary package that may include one or more Canadian specialty and/or pay television services;

iii) a DTH licensee is not permitted to link services on the list of DTH Eligible Satellite Services with a Canadian specialty service distributed on the basic service; and

c) a DTH licensee is not permitted to offer a package of services containing only non-Canadian services.

Secretary General
This notice is available in alternate format upon request and may also be examined at the following Internet site:


Date modified: