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Reference: Part 1 application posted on 1st September 2015
Ottawa, 3 November 2015
TerraTerra Communications Inc.
Addition of Motors TV NorthAm to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution
The Commission approves an application to add Motors TV NorthAm to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution (the list), and amends the list accordingly. The list can be found on the Commission’s website at www.crtc.gc.ca by clicking on “TV & Radio,” “Programming” and “Access to programs on TV that aren’t Canadian.”
- The Commission received an application from TerraTerra Communications Inc. (TerraTerra), acting as the Canadian sponsor, to add Motors TV NorthAm to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution (the list). The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding this application.
- TerraTerra described Motors TV NorthAm as a French-language service from the United States that provides programming dedicated to motorsports from around the world. The service will provide a secondary audio program channel in English.
- 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 TerraTerra Communications Inc. to add Motors TV NorthAm to the List of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution and amends the list accordingly. The list can be found on the Commission’s website at www.crtc.gc.ca by clicking on “TV & Radio,” “Programming” and “Access to programs on TV that aren’t Canadian,” 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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