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  Route reference: 2009-291
  Ottawa, 15 July 2009
  Bragg Communications Incorporated
Across Canada
  Application 2009-0684-4, received 28 April 2009

Video-on-demand service – Licence amendments


The Commission approves the application by Bragg Communications Incorporated to extend the authorized service area for the regional, English-language video-on-demand programming undertaking serving the provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador to include all of Canada, subject to the same terms and conditions as those set out in Broadcasting Decision 2007-63.


The Commission also approves the licensee's request to amend its licence to allow the above-noted service to be made available for distribution in high definition (HD) format. The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.


Consistent with the Commission's approach to HD specialty services set out in Broadcasting Public Notices 2003-61 and 2006-74, as well as with the changes to this approach announced in Broadcasting Public Notice 2008-100, the licence shall be subject to the following condition of licence until the end of the current licence term:

The licensee is authorized to make available for distribution a version of its service in high definition (HD) 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. Further, all of the programming making up the 5% allowance shall be provided in HD.

  Secretary General
  Related documents
  • Regulatory frameworks for broadcasting distribution undertakings and discretionary programming services – Regulatory policy, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2008-100, 30 October 2008
  • Video-on-demand service, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-63, 15 February 2007
  • Regulatory framework for the licensing and distribution of high definition pay and specialty services, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2006-74, 15 June 2006
  • The regulatory framework for the distribution of digital television signals, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2003-61, 11 November 2003
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