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Distributors oppose requests for wholesale rate increases by specialty channels

News | 05/08/2003 4:00 am EDT

Cable and satellite TV distributors are opposing requests for wholesale rate increases by specialty channels, despite upping their subscription fees by as much as a few dollars over the past year or so. Direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV distributor Bell ExpressVu LP tells the CRTC that any rate increase must be fair to the distributor, the consumer and other channels, and ideally should be determined by market forces. The satellite TV company opposes the huge rate increases being demanded by The Score and Rogers Sportsnet as part of their licence renewal applications (CCR, March 27/03).

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