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Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-130

  Ottawa, 9 May 2007
  Le Réseau des sports (RDS) inc.
Across Canada
  Application 2007-0393-5
Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2007-28
21 March 2007

Le Réseau des sports - Licence amendment


The Commission approves the application by Le Réseau des sports (RDS) inc. to amend the broadcasting licence for the national, French-language specialty programming undertaking known as Le Réseau des sports (RDS) to allow the service to be available for distribution in high definition (HD) format.


The Commission received one intervention in support of this application.


In The regulatory framework for the distribution of digital television signals, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2003-61, 11 November 2003 (Public Notice 2003-61) and in Regulatory framework for the licensing and distribution of high definition pay and specialty services, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2006-74, 15 June 2006 (Public Notice 2006-74), the Commission stated that it would authorize the licensee of a Canadian pay or specialty service to make available an upgraded version of its service, by means of an amendment to the licence of the existing service. This authority would be in effect for a term of three years.


The Commission further stated in Public Notice 2006-74:

Those services that are authorized to offer HD programming by way of licence amendment will remain subject to the requirement initially imposed in Public Notice 2003-61 that the programming on the analog or SD [standard definition] service and on the upgraded service be comparable, that is, not less than 95% of the video and audio components must be the same. Further, the Commission will require that all of the programming making up the 5% allowance be provided in HD.


Accordingly, by condition of licence, RDS is authorized to make available for distribution, for a period of three years from the date of this decision, a version of RDS in high definition format, provided that not less than 95% of the video and audio components of the upgraded and standard definition versions of the service are the same, exclusive of commercial messages and of any part of the service carried on a subsidiary signal. All of the programming making up the 5% allowance shall be provided in HD.
  Secretary General
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