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CAB says CCTA has broken anti-piracy coalition in bid to bring U.S. channels here

News | 06/30/2003 4:00 am EDT

Canada's private broadcasters say the cable industry has torn apart a coalition aimed at combating TV signal theft with its proposal to bring popular U.S. channels to the country. On June 18, the Canadian Cable Television Association (CCTA) asked the CRTC to authorize the distribution of 17 U.S. channels for carriage on a digital basis only, including Family Net, Noggin, and Sundance Channel. The CRTC rejected the CCTA's request to make these three channels eligible for carriage in Canada two years ago because they were deemed either "totally or partially competitive" with existing Canadian specialty channels (Public Notice 2001-82).

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