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HBO and other U.S. channels await court ruling on legality of selling into Canada

News | 06/22/2000 4:00 am EDT

Alberta's senior trial court is expected to hand down a ruling within the next six weeks on the legality of C Band satellite programming sales in Canada. Lawyers Greg Cheung and Bill Mackenzie, acting for WIC Premium Television Ltd, asked for an injunction against Home Box Office, Showtime, Arts and Entertainment Channel, and several other U.S. specialty channels during a six-day hearing that began May 31 in the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench. (CCR, April 13/00). WIC has alleged for several years that the U.S. companies are knowingly selling TV signals into Canada that are not authorized for this market.

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