OUTtv Network Inc. has filed an undue preference complaint against BCE Inc. after the broadcaster learned Bell intends to repackage its must-carry service next month. A national Category A specialty service that focuses on programming reflecting the lifestyle and entertainment interests of Canada’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities, OUTtv was told in October that it would soon be included in a new programming package offered to Bell subscribers as of Feb. 19. In a complaint filed Dec. 20 and posted on the commission’s website last Thursday, the broadcaster said Bell would give a number of its own services an undue preference under the proposed repackaging by moving OUTtv out of the programming package that best suits its genre and programming. Bell has carried OUTtv under the terms of a previous affiliate agreement since that agreement expired in 2010 and the two companies have been engaged in negotiations for a new agreement ever since, the broadcaster said in the complaint. OUTtv has also asked the CRTC to impose a standstill condition that would require Bell to continue carrying the service under the previous agreement until a new deal can be reached, either through negotiations or commission mediation. Both the CRTC and OUTtv have agreed to a Bell request to expedite the complaint process. Bell’s response and all public interventions are due by Jan. 19, and OUTtv will have until Jan. 25 to reply, and the commission will render a decision on Feb. 10, the CRTC said. In an email to The Wire Report on Tuesday, Bell spokesman Albert Lee said the decision to repackage OUTtv was part of a larger service repackaging process, and was based on consumer feedback. “This isn’t about a particular specialty channel, it’s about giving our customers what they’ve asked for,” Lee wrote.