The CRTC released new statistics Thursday showing that broadcast distributors experienced strong growth in 2010. The new statistics on broadcast distributors showed that their combined total revenues for cable, satellite and multipoint distribution rose to $12.5 billion in 2010 from $11.4 billion the previous year, the CRTC said. Revenues for cable companies totalled $10.1 billion for the year, an increase of 9.7 per cent from 2009. The commission said cable TV subscribers in Canada rose by 2.2 per cent over 2009, reaching a total of 8.3 million. Total revenues for satellite and multipoint distributors increased by 8.9 per cent in 2010 to reach 2.4 billion, up from 2.2 billion in 2009. The CRTC said that, over the last five years, the companies’ profits before interest in taxes have risen from a 2006 deficit of $32 million to collective profits of $163.9 million in 2010. Canadian satellite or multipoint distribution subscribers totalled 2.9 million in 2010, an increase of 3.7 per cent over 2009, the CRTC said. In total for 2010, the commission said cable distributors contributed $367.9 million to Canadian programming and another $100.7 million to the Local Programming Improvement Fund, which supports local news and programming in Canada’s non-metropolitan markets. Of the total funds contributed to Canadian programming this year, $189.1 million was directed to the Canada Media Fund, $52.3 million to independent funds, and $126.5 million to cable community channels and “other sources of local expression,” the CRTC said.