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Distant TV signals losing value, service providers say

Media | 11/30/2015 9:13 pm EST

OTTAWA — Canada's major TV service providers argued before the Copyright Board of Canada on Monday that they should pay less for distant-TV signals because these channels are losing value as more viewing options become available to consumers. It was the fifth day of a hearing scheduled to last until Friday, along with final arguments slated for Jan. 26 and 27. Before Monday, collectives representing broadcasters, producers and others holding the rights to programming had been arguing that the rate TV service providers pay for each subscriber who receives one or more out-of-market...

Rights holders seek to double royalties for distant TV signals

Media | 11/24/2015 10:32 pm EST

OTTAWA — Rights holders of programming shown over distant TV signals are seeking to at least double the amount of money they receive from TV service providers, on a per subscriber basis, for providing that content to their customers. A hearing before the Copyright Board of Canada — scheduled to run two weeks with final arguments in January on top of that — got underway on Tuesday.  David Kent, a lawyer for the Canadian Broadcasters Rights Agency (CBRA), told the hearing that the various collectives with an interest in this case are looking for the royalties paid by...