The CRTC has granted Montreal-based VDN Cable a Class 1 cable broadcasting distribution licence to serve the Toronto market (Broadcasting Decision 2005-1). During the process, Rogers – which delivers its cable TV service to many multiple unit dwellings in Ontario’s capital – told the commission that it should not issue a BDU licence to VDN until it was satisfied that the applicant’s proposed distribution of TQS met all of the criteria for the distribution of a distant Canadian signal, which the CRTC found it did. VDN plans to use the Class 1 cable licence to serve the multiple unit dwelling market in Toronto, opting to target buildings there with Satellite Master Antenna Television (SMATV) systems, or those with numerous grey or black market TV customers (CCR, Aug. 17/04). VDN is hoping to establish a customer base of about 10,000 in Toronto.
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