Bell Seeks Eased Service Withdrawal

Telco wants speedier destandardization

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Cisco Looks to Voice, Multimedia to Fuel Continued Growth

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CRTC makes no changes to carriage terms of rebranded Spike TV

The CRTC this week found insufficient evidence that SpikeTV was competitive with any Canadian specialty or pay TV service, ending an almost two-year bid by the Canada’s private broadcasters to have the rebranded U.S. channel removed from the country (CCR, March 25/04, June 30/03). The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) and some private broadcasters on their own argued that when new owner Viacom International switched its focus to the 18-45 male demo, it had become competitive with some Canadian channels such as the Category 1 Men TV. Foreign services cannot be partially or totally competitive with any existing Canadian TV channels (except if they are general interest ethnic channels in which most of the programming is in a language other than French or English). Thus, the CRTC amended the list of foreign services eligible for carriage in Canada to add Spike TV and remove TNN: The National Network (the previous incarnation of Spike) Below is an excerpt from the CRTC’s decision that analyzes its competitiveness with regard to Men TV.

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CCR People

Diana Cafazzo and Sandra Richmond have joined the entertainment law firm headed by Stephen Stohn and Roy Hay. The firm, now called Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond, is expanding to other practice areas. The two newest members of the law firm previously worked for McMillan Binch LLP.

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CRTC sets higher Canadian content requirements in approving radio swap

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Vidéotron hopes to further reduce customer churn with addition of telephony

Vidéotron ltée became the first of Canada’s big four cablecos this week to add a telephony option to its existing cable TV and Internet services, a move that the company president and CEO says should help to continue to reduce customer churn. Existing Vidéotron customers are being offered significantly reduced prices on the hybrid telephone service compared to non-customers. Robert Dépatie noted during a January 24 conference call that churn on the video side was at 13%, one of the lowest in the country, and at 16% on the Internet side. The significant discounts on the telephony service for existing Vidéotron customers are expected to further reduce those levels.

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Nothing unusual about Industry Canada notice on foreign satellites: Shea

The CEO of the joint venture by CBC/Radio-Canada, Standard Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio to bring subscription satellite radio here says that its rivals are unfairly blasting Industry’s Canada proposal to allow the use of foreign satellites. "I think specifically it was positioned as this big surprise that Industry Canada comes out with a clarification in the midst of the CRTC hearing. I mean it has been on the radar for the better part of a year and a half. It was no surprise," Kevin Shea tells Canadian Communications Reports. "The timing, I think, in fairness was only a byproduct of the timing of a lot of things these days with this government – it tends to be a little slow."

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Proposed winback rule changes will help open MUD market: Bell ExpressVu

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