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Route reference: Part 1 application posted on 15 July 2011
Ottawa, 16 November 2011
Pay-per-view service – Licence amendment
1. The Commission approves the application by Saskatchewan Telecommunications (SaskTel) to amend the broadcasting licence for its pay-per-view (PPV) programming undertaking by deleting its condition of licence relating to affiliation agreements. This condition of licence, set out in Broadcasting Decision 2006-491, reads as follows:
8. The licensee shall not enter into an affiliation agreement with the licensee of a terrestrial distribution undertaking unless the agreement incorporates a prohibition against the linkage of the licensee’s PPV service with any non-Canadian discretionary service.
2. SaskTel stated that the deletion of this condition of licence would reflect the dissolution of linkage requirements, which came into effect on 31 August 2011 (see Broadcasting Public Notice 2008-100).
3. The Commission received an intervention offering general comments on the application from Bell ExpressVu (Bell), to which the licensee did not reply. The public record for this proceeding can be found on the Commission’s website at www.crtc.gc.ca under “Public Proceedings.” In its intervention, Bell stated that approval of SaskTel’s application would provide the Commission with an ideal opportunity to issue a standard authorization through which the deletion of the condition of licence in question can be applied by reference to the licences of all PPV services. In Bell’s view, this would reduce the necessity for duplicative applications by those services. In this regard, the Commission notes that it intends to conduct a review of its policies relating to PPV services in due course.
Regulatory frameworks for broadcasting distribution undertakings and discretionary programming services – Regulatory policy, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2008-100, 30 October 2008
Pay-per-view service, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2006-491, 8 September 2006
*This decision is to be appended to the licence.
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