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News | 04/10/2003 4:00 am EDT

Bell ExpressVu puts more hockey in play with additions
Bell ExpressVu LP, which has been criticized by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. for not carrying the Ottawa TV signal of the public broadcaster, has announced that it will pick up the station in time for the NHL hockey playoffs (CCR, March 13/03). The Senators games are aired on CBOT Ottawa. The channel will be added permanently to Bell ExpressVu’s Locals programming package and will be available on channel 206, according to Bell ExpressVu communications director Ron MacInnes. Bell ExpressVu came under fire from Senators hockey fans when the satellite TV distributor didn’t have the signal available during last year’s playoffs, and only the games of the Toronto Maple Leafs could be viewed on its system. Bell ExpressVu said the addition of the Ottawa station and another CBC local channel to be added later this year will bring the total number of CBC stations on Bell ExpressVu to eight. The House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages has recommended that satellite TV distributors carry all 10 local French-language and 17 English-language CBC signals (CCR, Feb. 13/03).
The TV distributor also announced that it began carrying LeafsTV on April 4. LeafsTV will not be available in the Ottawa Valley area, where it will be blacked out because of National Hockey League restrictions. LeafsTV runs on channel 404 and is available for three months on free preview.

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