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Proposed BCE/CTV channel aims for complete convergence of TV, Internet

News | 08/23/2000 4:00 am EDT

A proposed digital TV channel hopes a new video technology will make it stand out from the pack of applicants currently before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for new specialty TV licences (CNM, April 20/00). DGNet, one of a large crop of CTV/BCE proposals, is enticing commissioners with a new format and signal distribution method called Alternate Format Video (AFV). Unlike several DTV proposals which add a website to the traditional broadcast mix, DGNet is dangling a completely interactive carrot before the commission, promising an open TV video network that will allow viewers to send and receive broadcast video. The AFV system is the centrepiece in an application promoting the proposed channel’s technology-oriented programming over a combined Internet/TV platform.

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