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Route reference: 2014-151
Ottawa, 25 June 2014
Mountain Cablevision Limited and Fido Solutions Inc., partners in a general partnership carrying on business as Rogers Communications Partnership
Applications 2014-0021-7 and 2014-0022-5, received 10 January 2014
Rogers Sportsnet PPV (terrestrial and direct-to-home services) – Licence renewal
The Commission renews the broadcasting licences for the national terrestrial pay-per-view service Rogers Sportsnet PPV and the national direct-to-home pay-per-view service Rogers Sportsnet PPV from 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2019.
- The Commission received two applications by Mountain Cablevision Limited and Fido Solutions Inc., partners in a general partnership carrying on business as Rogers Communications Partnership (Rogers) to renew the broadcasting licences for the national terrestrial pay-per-view service Rogers Sportsnet PPV and the national direct-to-home pay-per-view service Rogers Sportsnet PPV, which expire 31 August 2014.
- The Commission received a comment from the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA) with respect to these applications. The Commission considers that the comment by the CEEA, which deals with energy consumption by set-top boxes, falls outside the scope of this licence renewal proceeding. The public record for these applications can be found on the Commission’s website at www.crtc.gc.ca or by using the application numbers provided above.
- Broadcasting Notice of Consultation 2014-151 stated that the licensee was in apparent non-compliance with its condition of licence related to closed captioning. As set out in Broadcasting Decisions 2005-83 and 2005-84, the licensee is required, by condition of licence, to provide closed captioning for not less than 90% of all programs aired during the broadcast year. In 2013, the licensee failed to caption its community-based programming and, as a result, only provided captioning for 74% of the programming overall on both services.
- Rogers stated that its staff was unaware that community programming needed to be captioned. Rogers identified the non-compliance and, in January 2014, implemented a solution to ensure that 100% of its community-based programming is captioned. Rogers affirmed that it will comply with the new requirement to caption 100% of the programs.
- In light of the above, the Commission finds that the licensee was in non-compliance with its condition of licence relating to closed captioning for the 2012-2013 broadcast year. The Commission is, however, satisfied with the measures taken by Rogers to resolve the non-compliance and with the licensee’s commitment to caption 100% of its programs.
- In light of the measures that the licensee has taken to ensure its compliance during the upcoming licence term, and consistent with the approach taken with large ownership groups, the Commission renews the broadcasting licences for the national terrestrial pay-per-view service Rogers Sportsnet PPV and the national direct-to-home pay-per-view service Rogers Sportsnet PPV for a period of five years, from 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2019. The licensee shall adhere to the standard conditions of licence set out in the appendix to Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2013-561, as amended from time to time.
- Notice of applications received, Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2014-151, 28 March 2014
- Revised regulatory framework for pay-per-view services, Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2013-561, 23 October 2013
- Rogers Sportsnet DTH-PPV – Licence renewal, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2005-84, 28 February 2005
- Rogers Sportsnet PPV – Licence renewal, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2005-83, 28 February 2005
*This decision is to be appended to each licence.
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