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Route reference: Part 1 application posted on 13 May 2014
Ottawa, 16 July 2014
Soundview Entertainment Inc.
Addition of Africa Sports to the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution
The Commission approves an application to add Africa Sports to 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, by clicking on “TV & Radio” and selecting “Programming.”
- The Commission received an application from Soundview Entertainment Inc. (Soundview), acting as the Canadian sponsor, to add Africa Sports, a non-Canadian English-language service, to the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution (the list). The Commission did not receive any interventions in connection with this application.
- Soundview described Africa Sports as a 24-hour 100% English-language niche service providing sports programming with a unique focus on coverage of African soccer sporting events. The target audience would be African-Canadian soccer fans and Canadians with a global perspective. The service originates in the United States, with programming originally sourced from SoundView Africa LLC.
- 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
- In assessing the competitiveness of a service, the Commission relies primarily on the comments filed to identify the Canadian pay and specialty services with which a proposed non-Canadian service might be totally or partially competitive.
- In the absence of opposing interventions, the Commission approves the application by Soundview Entertainment Inc. to add Africa Sports to the List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution and amends the list accordingly. The revised list is available on the Commission’s website at www.crtc.gc.ca by clicking on “TV & Radio” and selecting “Programming,” 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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