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Ottawa, 4 August 2014

By E-mail:

Dear Ms. Tabet:

Re: Application by Videotron G.P. to amend the licence of the pay-per-view service Indigo, in order to offer a bilingual programming. Application number 2014-0688-5

On 18 July 2014, Videotron G.P. (Videotron) filed an application to obtain a licence amendment for Canal Indigo (Indigo), a French-language pay-per-view service operated by Videotron, so that it becomes a bilingual pay-per-view service.

Videotron stated that the proposed amendment seeks to respond to Bell Media announcement that Viewer’s Choice, an English-language pay-per-view service currently available to distributors in Eastern Canada (i.e. Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces) would cease its operations on 30 September 2014.

In its application, Videotron mentions that the requested licence amendment would allow Indigo to fill the gap left by the withdrawal of Viewer’s Choice Canada, in giving access to pay-per-view English-language programming.

Consequently, Videotron requests the Commission to process its application through an expedite hearing. Specifically, Videotron is asking that this application be processed before 30 September 2014, so that Anglophone subscribers continue to have access to an English-language pay-per-view programming after Viewer’s Choice will have ceased to operate.

The applicant’s request to shorten the intervention period is deemed reasonable. Accordingly, the timetable for the process will be as follows:

Intervention period (shortened) to 19 August 2014

Videotron’s reply: 21 August 2014

A copy of this letter and all related correspondence will be added to the public record of the proceeding.

Yours sincerely,

Original signed by Julie St-Pierre

Senior Policy Analyst (acting)
Policy and applications – French-language television

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