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CourtTV battle shows negative effect of CRTC’s transponder decision on customers

News | 04/12/2002 4:00 am EDT

The CRTC’s decision last year to deny several broadcasters the right to lease satellite transponders directly from Telesat Canada has ultimately resulted in thousands of primarily digital cable and satellite TV subscribers losing access to a channel focusing on court and legal issues. The situation will likely force the regulator to get involved in the matter and potentially highlights a need for the commission to play a more active role in transponder issues – something small cable operators have requested.

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