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Route reference: Part 1 application posted on 5 December 2013
Ottawa, 17 March 2014
Soundview Entertainment Inc.
Addition of OUI TV to the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution
The Commission approves an application to addOUI TVto the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution (the list) and amends the list accordingly. The revised list is available on the Commission’s website at www.crtc.gc.ca under “Broadcasting Sector.”
1. The Commission received an application from Soundview Entertainment Inc. (Soundview), acting as the Canadian sponsor, to add OUI TV to the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution (the list). The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding this application.
2. Soundview described OUI TV as a 24-hour 100% French-language niche service that provides drama and comedy programming. Its target audience is Francophones and Francophile African-Canadians. Its service originates in the United States, and its programming is originally sourced from Sub-Saharan Africa (Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, etc.)
3. The Commission’s general approach to the addition of non-Canadian English- and French-language services to the list is set out in Public Notice 2000-173 and reiterated in Broadcasting Public Notice 2008-100. Under this approach, the Commission assesses such requests in the context of its general policy, which among other things, precludes the addition of a non-Canadian service that can be considered either totally or partially competitive with Canadian specialty or pay television services.
Commission’s analysis and decision
4. In assessing the competitiveness of a service, the Commission relies primarily on the interventions filed to identify the Canadian pay and specialty services with which a proposed non-Canadian service might be totally or partially competitive.
5. In the absence of opposing interventions, the Commission approves the application by Soundview Entertainment Inc. to add OUI TV to the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution and amends the list accordingly. The list is available on the Commission’s website at www.crtc.gc.ca under “Broadcasting Sector” and may be obtained in hard copy on request.
- Regulatory frameworks for broadcasting distribution undertakings and discretionary programming services – Regulatory policy, Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2008-100, 30 October 2008
- Call for proposals to amend the lists of eligible satellite services through the inclusion of additional non-Canadian services eligible for distribution on a digital basis only, Public Notice CRTC 2000-173, 14 December 2000
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