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Industry Canada likely to adopt broadcast flag, if U.S. regulator paves way

News | 08/17/2004 4:00 am EDT

Industry Canada will likely adopt a broadcast flag, but the process might be slow and will be dependent upon the United States following a similar course, according to an Industry Canada official. "Practically speaking if the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) says tomorrow, ‘Yes, we have established all the technical guidelines and everyone has to comply with the broadcast flag from July 2005,’ then all sets coming into this country will also have the recognition of the flag. I don’t see any other way," says Industry Canada manager of terrestrial broadcasting and multimedia Jack Dadourian. "For the manufacturers, the TV set market is North America and whatever they sell in the United States they will sell here…I don’t want to prejudge but we’ve never had Canadian television equipment that is different from the U.S."

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