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Satellite provider making more room for HDTV

Briefs | 03/16/2007 4:00 am EDT

The Globe and Mail recently reported that Bell ExpressVu LP has dropped documentary channel Planète in part to make room for high definition services – a sign that the presence of HD channels is causing a shift in the industry. This is due to limited space on satellite transponders, meaning that HD channels are squeezing out standard-definition channels with smaller audiences. "They looked at the number of people that watched the channels and I guess our numbers were not as high," said Claire Bourgeois, the head of TerraTerraCommunications Inc., the distributor of the Paris-based Planète in Canada. ExpressVu is also dropping French news network EuroNews.

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