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Small cablecos and broadcasters disagree on how best to move to digital

News | 08/02/2001 4:00 am EDT

Small cable distributors and broadcasters continue to be at loggerheads over whether analog specialty channels can be distributed in digital without permission from the licensee. In a CRTC process examining the digital migration of small cable (PN 2001-58), the cable industry is demanding more flexibility in the rollout. Small cablecos argue they don’t have enough subscribers to generate revenue for costly upgrades and are facing increased competition from direct-to-home satellite.

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