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Federal government wants CPAC video channels carried in both English and French

News | 04/08/2005 4:00 am EDT
The federal government has issued an order directing the CRTC to require cable TV distributors to set aside two video channels, one as part of the basic service, for the English and French versions of the Canadian Public Affairs Channel (CPAC). The order-in-council, released March 22, would mean that cablecos relying on secondary audio programming (SAP) to deliver the second language would have to come up with an extra video channel for CPAC. The addition of an extra video channel, particularly in the smaller systems, would put more constraints on their bandwidth as they migrate to digital (CCR, Feb. 14/05).

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