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Decision CRTC 2001-305


Ottawa, 4 June 2001


CHUM Limited
Across Canada 2001-0157-7, 2001-0153-5


17 April 2001 Public Hearing
National Capital Region


The Drive-In Channel


The Commission approves a Category 2 specialty television service to be known as The Drive-In Channel. The terms and conditions generally applicable to Category 2 services are set out in Public Notice CRTC 2000-171-1. A second application (2001-0153-5) with an almost identical description is denied, in view of the Commission's approval of the first.


Conditions of licence


The licence, when issued, will expire 31 August 2007 and will be subject to the following conditions as well as to those terms and conditions set out in Public Notice CRTC 2000-171-1, and in the licence to be issued.


Nature of service


a) The licensee shall provide a national English-language Category 2 specialty television service devoted to programming for adults 18-49. Programming will consist of Drive-In B movies and series, as well as occasional magazine-style shows focusing on the genre. The schedule will cover the entire drive-in genre including selections from horror and thriller movies, beach party movies, car chase movies and social issues B-movies (juvenile delinquency, unwed mothers, biker gangs, etc.).


b) The programming must be drawn exclusively from the following categories, as set out in Schedule I to the Specialty Services Regulations, 1990: 1, 2(a), 2(b), 5(b), 7(a), 7(b), 7(c), 7(d), 7(e), 7(f), 7(g), 11, 12, 13 and 14.


c) The service shall be devoted to more obscure movie titles that are not offered by other movie services in Canada and will not be competitive with pay-TV, pay-per-view or off-pay windows.


d) No more than 25% of all programming broadcast during the broadcast week shall be drawn from the thriller genre.




Broadcast day shall have the same meaning as that set out in section 2 of the Television Broadcasting Regulations, 1987.




An intervention in opposition to this application was submitted by TEN Broadcasting Inc., which received approval for a new Category 2 digital specialty television service, in November 2000.


While the Commission is sensitive to some of the concerns raised by the intervener about new Category 2 services, it has determined that delaying the launch or approval of new services would be contrary to its competitive, open-entry approach to licensing new Category 2 specialty television services.


Related CRTC documents

  • Public Notice 2000-171-1 - Introductory statement - Licensing of new digital pay and specialty services - Corrected Appendix 2
  • Public Notice 2000-171 - Introductory statement - Licensing of new digital pay and specialty services
  • Public Notice 2000-6 - Licensing framework policy for new digital pay and specialty services

Secretary General


This decision is to be appended to the licence. It is available in alternative format upon request, and may also be examined at the following Internet site:


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