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News | 02/15/2002 5:00 am EST

Holders of video-on-demand licences given extension
The CRTC has granted an extra year, or until Dec. 14, 2002, for holders of video-on-demand (VOD) licences to roll out their services. Videon Cablesystems Inc. (now Shaw), Corus Entertainment Inc., Cogeco Cable Inc., and an Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc.-Shaw Communications Inc. partnership, which received their VOD licences in 1997, all got the extension — Broadcasting Decision 2002-33, 2002-34, 2002-35, and 2002-36. Five VOD services were licensed in 1997, and another four were licensed in 2000 under the digital licensing framework that saw the licensing of nearly 300 new digital specialty channels (CCR, Jan. 17/01). Rogers will announce the rollout of its VOD service early next week.

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