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Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2006-90

  Ottawa, 21 July 2006

Call for comments on the proposed addition of Caracol Television International, HTV and El to the lists of eligible satellite services for distribution on a digital basis


The Commission has received a request dated 16 May 2006 from Videotron Ltd. (Videotron) for the addition of three non-Canadian third-language services to the lists of eligible satellite services for distribution on a digital basis (the digital lists). Videotron described these services as follows:

Caracol Television International is a 24-hour-a-day/7-day-a-week non-Canadian channel from Columbia that broadcasts entirely in Spanish. It is considered a general interest channel, although its programming consists primarily of soap operas, as well as news and public affairs, informal educational, sports and drama programs. None of the programs are subtitled.


HTV is a 24-hour-a-day/7-day-a-week non-Canadian specialty channel. It offers programming focused on Latin American music, including pop, rock, ballads, salsa, merengue, cumbia and the most popular current songs. HTV features the latest music videos and exclusive interviews with the top Latin American stars. It is an American channel that broadcasts entirely in Spanish, drawing its content from all Latin American countries. None of the programs are subtitled.


El is a 24-hour-a-day/7-day-a-week non-Canadian specialty channel that offers programming focused on culinary arts, including programs on cooking, culinary journeys all over the world, internationally renowned chefs, and wine and tobacco. Its programming is broadcast entirely in Spanish and is drawn primarily from Argentina and several other Latin American countries. None of the programs are subtitled.


In Improving the diversity of third-language television services - A revised approach to assessing requests to add non-Canadian third-language television services to the lists of eligible satellite services for distribution on a digital basis, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2004-96, 16 December 2004 (Public Notice 2004-96), the Commission set out its revised approach to the assessment of requests to add non-Canadian third-language television services to the digital lists, as well as specific information that Canadian sponsors must file in support of their requests. The Commission will assess Videotron's request in light of the approach set out in Public Notice 2004-96.

Call for comments


The Commission calls for comments on Videotron's request for the addition of Caracol Television International, HTV and El to the digital lists. Parties submitting comments on the request should also submit a true copy of their comments to the Canadian sponsor, Videotron, at the following address:

Videotron Ltd.
5th Floor, 465 McGill Street
Montréal, Quebec
H2Y 4A6
facsimile: 514-380-4664


Proof that comments have been sent to Videotron must accompany the original version of the comments sent to the Commission.


Comments on Videotron's request must be received by the Commission no later than 21 August 2006. A copy of the comments must be received by Videotron no later than the deadline for receipt of comments by the Commission.


Videotron may file a written reply to any comments received concerning its request. This reply should be filed with the Commission, and a copy sent to the person who submitted the comments, by no later than 5 September 2006.


The Commission will not formally acknowledge comments. It will, however, fully consider all comments and they will form part of the public record of the proceeding, provided that the procedures for filing set out below have been followed.

Procedures for filing comments


Interested parties can file their comments to the Secretary General of the Commission:
  • by usingthe
    Broadcasting Intervention/Comments Form


  • by mail to
    CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N2


  • by fax at


Submissions longer than five pages should include a summary.


Please number each paragraph of your submission. In addition, please enter the line ***End of document*** following the last paragraph. This will help the Commission verify that the document has not been damaged during transmission.

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