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Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2003-29

  See also: 2003-29-1

Ottawa, 10 June 2003
  The Commission has received the following application:


4 July 2003

1. Across Canada
Application No. 2003-0452-7
  Application by BELL EXPRESSVU INC., THE GENERAL PARTNER, AND BCE INC. AND 4119649 CANADA INC. (PARTNERS IN BCE HOLDING GENERAL PARTNERSHIP), THE LIMITED PARTNERS, CARRYING ON BUSINESS AS BELL EXPRESSVU LIMITED PARTNERSHIP (Bell ExpressVu) to amend three conditions of licence associated with its terrestrial pay per view (PPV) service with the intent of making the programming carriage commitment comparable to those of its DTH PPV service. Bell ExpressVu indicates that the target market for its service are cable systems that wish a competitive alternative relative to the other licenced terrestrial PPV operator. Such cable systems would include Telus Communications Inc., Saskatchewan Telecommunications and Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. Bell ExpressVu has indicated that it considers its terrestrial PPV licence at a disadvantage compared to other licensees because of these conditions of licence.
  Accordingly, the licensee proposes to modify its commitment with respect to programming. The licensee proposes to insert the following new section:
  For the application of this commitment, Bell ExpressVu proposes that the original commitment in condition of licence #3 of its terrestrial licence of "20% of all program titles other than feature films" be deleted and replaced by the following condition: "A minimum of 1:7 ratio of Canadian and non-Canadian events." with which Bell ExpressVu is of the view that as a result of this change its commitment for programming in the terrestrial licence would be identical to that in its DTH PPV licence.
  The licensee also proposes to modify its condition of licence so that the terrestrial PPV service could be offered to a broadcasting distribution undertaking in either or both official languages. The licensee proposes to revise condition of licence #1 to read as follows:

·1 The licensee is authorized to make available for distribution by licensed or exempt terrestrial distribution undertakings its service, which will consist of English and/or French-language channels, as well as English- and French-language "barker" channels.

  The licensee also proposes to modify its condition to reflect markets in which a bilingual service is offered. The licensee proposes to revise condition of licence #2 to read as follows:

·1 In markets in which a bilingual service is offered, the licensee shall maintain the channels in a ratio 1:3 of French to English with a minimum of five French-language signals in addition to the French-language barker channel.

  Licensee's address:

Bell ExpressVu Limited Partnership
Suite 300, 100 Wynford Drive
Toronto, Ontario
M3C 4B4
Fax: (416) 382-5810
  Examination of application:

At the licensee's address

[ Intervention Form]






4 July 2003

  The intervention must be received by the CRTC and by the applicant ON OR BEFORE the above-mentioned date. The Commission cannot be held responsible for postal delays.
  Your intervention will be considered by the Commission, and will form part of the public record of the proceeding without further notification to you, provided the procedure set out below has been followed. You will be contacted only if your submission raises procedural questions.
  Submit your written intervention to the Secretary General of the Commission in ONLY ONE of the following formats:

by using the form
[intervention form]




by electronic mail to




by mail at
CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N2




by fax to the
Secretary General - (819) 994-0218

  A true copy MUST be sent to the applicant and proof that this has been done must accompany the intervention sent to the Commission.
  Where the intervention is filed by electronic means, the line ***End of document*** should be entered following the last paragraph of the document, as an indication that the document has not been damaged during electronic transmission.
  Please note that only the documents (applications and interventions) electronically filed will be available on the Commission's web site. You will be able to access these documents by indicating the public notice or the notice of public hearing number.
  Each paragraph of the document should be numbered.
  Your intervention should clearly identify the application and indicate whether you support or oppose the application, or if you propose changes to it, include the facts and grounds for your proposal.
  In the event that the application is brought to the oral phase of the hearing, and if you wish to appear, you must provide reasons why your written comments are not sufficient and why an appearance is necessary.
  In exceptional circumstances, the Commission may allow an intervenor to present its intervention by teleconference. At the time of filing its intervention, the intervenor must clearly indicate why the Commission should grant such a request.
  Documents are available at the local address provided in this notice and at the Commission offices and documentation centres directly involved with these applications or, upon request, within 48 hours, at any other CRTC offices and documentation centres.
  Central Building
Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
1 Promenade du Portage, Room G-5
Hull, Quebec K1A 0N2
Tel: (819) 997-2429 - TDD: 994-0423
FAX: (819) 994-0218
  Metropolitan Place
99 Wyse Road, Suite 1410
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B3A 4S5
Tel: (902) 426-7997 - TDD: 426-6997
FAX: (902) 426-2721
  405 de Maisonneuve Blvd East
2nd Floor, Suite B2300
Montréal, Quebec H2L 4J5
Tel: (514) 283-6607 - TDD: 283-8316
FAX: (514) 283-3689
  55 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 624
Toronto, Ontario M4T 1M2
Tel: (416) 952-9096
FAX: (416) 954-6343
  Kensington Building
275 Portage Avenue, Suite 1810
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2B3
Tel: (204) 983-6306 - TDD: 983-8274
FAX: (204) 983-6317
  Cornwall Professional Building
2125 - 11th Avenue, Room 103
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 3X3
Tel: (306) 780-3422
FAX: (306) 780-3319
  10405 Jasper Avenue, Suite 520
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3N4
Tel: (780) 495-3224
FAX: (780) 495-3214
  530-580 Hornby Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3B6
Tel: (604) 666-2111 - TDD: 666-0778
FAX: (604) 666-8322
  This document is available in alternative format upon request and may also be examined at the following Internet site:
  Secretary General

Date Modified: 2003-06-10

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