Corus, Astral fight pay TV hopefuls; licensing hearing underway Public hearings on pay TV got underway this week, with the four pay TV hopefuls and the incumbents reiterating many of the arguments that they made in the written part of the process (CCR, Oct. 24/05). Spotlight Television, Allarco Entertainment, Quebecor’s Archambault Group, and Channel Zero’s The Canadian Film Channel are all vying for national pay TV licences. Archambault’s licence application is for both French-language and English-language national pay TV services. If the CRTC grants all or any of the licences, it will break the existing pay TV monopolies enjoyed by Astral Media’s The Movie Channel in eastern Canada, and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central in western Canada.
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