The CRTC will expedite its consideration of an Astral Media Inc. complaint against Quebecor Media Inc.’s Videotron Ltd. subsidiary and its new on-demand video service, the commission said. In a complaint filed with the commission last week, Astral said Videotron’s new illico Club Unlimited subscription service violates the commission’s regulations by competing directly with Astral’s pay TV channel Super Écran. Astral asked the commission to order Videotron to discontinue the service on an expedited basis, arguing that the on-demand service could cause “irreparable harm” to Astral’s Super Écran pay TV service. In a letter dated March 1, the CRTC said it will handle the complaint on an expedited basis. It said Videtron’s answer and intervener comments are due on March 18 and Astral’s reply is due March 25. Videotron, which launched illico Club Unlimited on Feb. 21, said in a release Friday that it intends to “vigorously contest” the complaint. “Contrary to Astral’s unsubstantiated allegations that we are in breach of the regulatory framework, the catalogue we are offering illico Club Unlimited subscribers does not violate any condition of our video on demand licence,” Robert Depatie, president and CEO of Videotron, said in a statement.