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Ottawa, 7 July 2015

By email

Our file numbers: 2015-0379-8

Dean Shaikh
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
Shaw Communications Inc.

David Watt
Interim Sr. Vice President – Regulatory
Corporate Affairs
Rogers Communications Inc.

Re:      Follow-up information regarding the Public Interest Advocacy Centre complaint concerning the shomi service

Dear Sirs,

In order to pursue the analysis of the above-noted file, please provide the Commission with the following additional information.

  1. At paragraph 23 of your intervention, you claim that shomi is available to third-party BDUs and to third-party ISPs who want to make it available to their subscribers. Provide the following information:
    1. The date when shomi became available to non-affiliated BDUs and ISPs; and
    2. Evidence that shomi is available to non-affiliated BDUs and ISPs including, any outreach done by Rogers/Shaw, responses to any inquiries by Rogers/Shaw to parties requesting access to shomi, and any other corroborating evidence. Please include copies of any relevant documentation (for example, correspondence, rate cards, term sheets, proposed agreements, etc)
  2. Indicate whether the programming available on shomi online is the same as that made available to licensed VOD undertakings. If not, provide a complete list of programs that are either not available i) to VOD undertakings or ii) on the online version.
  3. Indicate whether shomi has any agreements that include an exclusivity provision that would prevent another party from acquiring the rights to the same programming. If applicable, provide a complete list of the programming in question including whether, for each program, it is “programming designed primarily for television” or “made specifically for mobile or online consumption”.
  4. Describe the terms and conditions by which Rogers and Shaw each offer shomi at no incremental cost to subscribers.
  5. Provide for each Rogers and Shaw, over i) cable and ii) Internet:
    1. The total number of individual subscribers to shomi; and
    2. The total number of individual subscribers that are paying an incremental amount for shomi.

The information requested herein should be received at the Commission by no later than 24 July 2015.

A copy of this letter and your reply will be added to the record of this proceeding and made available for public examination.

We also ask that you repeat each question in your reply.

You are reminded that you are required to file the documents and related correspondence electronically using Epass found under File, Register and Epass at the following link

Should you need further information concerning the above, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours truly,

Original signed by

Claude Brault
Analyste principal / Senior Analyst
Politiques et demandes relatives à la télévision, Radiodiffusion
Television Policy and Applications, Broadcasting
(819) 997-6064

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