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CRTC opens door to partial channel carriage by satellite TV distributors

News | 04/08/2004 4:00 am EDT

The CRTC has opened the door to satellite TV distributors using omnibus or partial channels and A/B switches to ensure the delivery of more local programming to subscribers, an approach that broadcasters oppose. It’s a development favoured by direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV distributors Star Choice Television Network Inc. and Bell ExpressVu LP because it will allow them to provide access to more local news and other shows, while conserving satellite capacity and preventing redundant programming over numerous channels.

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