Broadcasting Order CRTC 2013-376

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Ottawa, 8 August 2013

Distribution of the digital specialty described video programming service of Accessible Media Inc. known as AMI-tv by licensed broadcasting distribution undertakings

This order replaces Distribution of the digital specialty described video programming service of the National Broadcast Reading Service Inc. known as The Accessible Channel by persons licensed to carry on certain types of broadcasting distribution undertakings, Distribution Order CRTC 2007-1, set out in Appendix 2 to New digital specialty described video programming undertaking; Licence amendments; Issuance of various mandatory distribution orders, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-246, 24 July 2007.

Pursuant to section 9(1)(h) of the Broadcasting Act, the Commission orders licensees of broadcasting distribution undertakings to distribute the digital specialty described video programming service of Accessible Media Inc. known as AMI-tv to all digital subscribers as part of the digital basic service, effective 1 January 2014, on the following terms and conditions:

(a) This order applies to all licensed distribution undertakings, including terrestrial and DTH distribution undertakings. These licensees are collectively referred to in this order as distribution licensees.

(b) Notwithstanding the foregoing, distribution licensees shall not be required to distribute the programming service under this order unless the licensee or a third party:

(i) ensures the transmission of the service to each broadcasting distribution undertaking’s head end located within the area for which it is licensed or to a satellite uplink centre located within that area; and

(ii) bears the costs of the transmission.

(c) Each distribution licensee distributing the programming service shall remit to the licensee of the programming service a wholesale rate of $0.20 per subscriber per month where the service is carried as part of the basic service in anglophone markets and $0.00 in francophone markets.

(d) Distribution licensees are authorized to increase the basic monthly fee to be paid by their subscribers by no more than the amount required under this order for the distribution of the service.

(e) This order shall remain in effect until 31 August 2018.

For the purposes of this order, the terms “anglophone market,” “basic service,” “DTH distribution undertaking,” “francophone market,” “licensed,” “programming service” and “terrestrial distribution undertaking” shall have the same meanings as set out in the Broadcasting Distribution Regulations, as amended from time to time.

Secretary General

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