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Old 2010-03-22, 12:29 PM   #1
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Arrow CRTC Release on Fee For Carriage Issue (March 22, 2010)

As has been speculated in the press and in other threads, the CRTC will be releasing a report on the state of the Canadian TV Broadcasting Industry today on what is being referred to as the "Regulatory Policy framework on group-based licencing of ownership groups".

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Please be advised that Monday’s release (March 22nd) will be at 4 p.m. [Ottawa time]
Discuss the March 22, 2010 CRTC release here.

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Old 2010-03-22, 12:41 PM   #2
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Media Advisory - CRTC Media Lock-Up - Regulatory Policy framework on group-based licencing of ownership groups

WHEN: March 22, 2010
Lock-up: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: CRTC Central Office
1 Promenade du Portage, Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
Central Building, Gatineau, Quebec

OTTAWA-GATINEAU, March 16 /CNW Telbec/ - On March 22, 2010, a media lock-up will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for the Regulatory Policy framework on group-based licencing of ownership groups.
Any parties interested in attending the lock-up are asked to contact Peggy Nebout at 819-953-4466 or peggy.nebout@crtc.gc.ca by March 19 at 12:00 p.m. Due to space constraints, only one reporter is allowed per news organization. They will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement upon arrival.
No one will be permitted to leave the lock-up before 4:00 p.m. Cameras are not allowed in the designated room. They may be set up in the main floor lobby at 1 Promenade du Portage. Cell phones, wireless handheld devices (e.g. Blackberries), pagers, etc. must be left with the CRTC staff in the room. Laptop owners must disable wireless capabilities prior to arriving at the CRTC. Telephone lines and Internet will be available at the CRTC at 4 p.m.
http://www.cnw.ca/fgov/en/releases/a.../16/c2278.html
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Old 2010-03-22, 12:42 PM   #3
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The CRTC will rule Monday on the so-called TV tax or fee for carriage, a cost that cable companies have said could add $10 a month to consumers' bills if the regulator rules they have to pay broadcasters for their local signals.
"We don't want to pay anymore to what just virtually comes out to being a tax on everybody," Cran said.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is expected to release details of a negotiating framework to allow the two parties to work out the value of a TV signal, along with other financial issues.
http://www.thestar.com/business/medi...tv-tax-dispute
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Old 2010-03-22, 04:06 PM   #4
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A whole bunch of info relating to Conventional Television in Canada has been released on the CRTC website. Including a new group-based television regulatory policy and a call for comments on the DTV transition.

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As part of its framework, the Commission has set out a market-based solution to allow private local television stations to negotiate with cable and satellite companies. Each television station would have the option of entering into negotiations to establish a fair value for the distribution of their programs.
“The current dispute between conventional broadcasters and distributors threatens the overall integrity of the broadcasting system,” said Mr. von Finckenstein. “Broadcasters and distributors have a symbiotic relationship. The time has come for them to put their differences aside and work together to ensure the continuation of conventional television, which Canadians clearly value.”
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Old 2010-03-22, 04:11 PM   #5
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I hope the "OPT OUT" is included. Noooo way in heck am *I* paying for CTV and Global.

Might open Pandora's box on the concept of how "loved" Canadian OTA channels are.
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Old 2010-03-22, 04:18 PM   #6
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the only thing I like after reading through the release is:

-The CRTC is going to really "force" them to produce Canadian programing.
-Their also really "forcing" the DTV transition on them. The CRTC is also really cleared up a bunch of details around the transition including which markets will be in the "forced" transition.

Other then that, let the TV TAX begin.
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Old 2010-03-22, 04:31 PM   #7
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Edit: Based on RE-reading the above release, it does mean FFC is some form has been approved.

cheers.

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Old 2010-03-22, 04:32 PM   #8
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So whats the decesion? Link?
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Old 2010-03-22, 04:36 PM   #9
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The CRTC has referred the issue of Value for signal (not Fee for carriage) to the Federal Court of Appeal to decide whether the CRTC has the power to implement a value for signal regime. If the court deems they do have the power to do this then, according to the CRTC release they will implement a system whereby BDU's and broadcasters can negotiate a value for their stations. Here is the official info from the CRTC:

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Licensees of private local television stations would choose whether i) they will negotiate with BDUs for the value of the distribution of their programming services, failing which they will be able to require deletion of the programming they own, or for which they have the exhibition rights, from all signals distributed in their market, or ii) they will continue to benefit from existing regulatory protections.



2. Licensees of private local television stations would make their choice by a date set by the Commission, and this choice would be valid for a fixed term of three years.



3. If a licensee of a private local television station chose option i):



a) It would forego all existing regulatory protections related to the distribution of local television signals by BDUs, whether imposed by regulation or by condition of licence, including mandatory distribution and priority channel placement on analog basic, and simultaneous substitution.



b) BDUs would be required, at the request of private local television stations, to delete any program owned by the licensee of that local television station or for which it has acquired exclusive contractual exhibition rights.


c) Deletions would be exercised against the signal of any programming undertaking distributed by the BDU, whether foreign or domestic, affiliated or not, including that of the private local television station making the request.


d) It could negotiate with a BDU for a fair value in exchange for the distribution of its programming service in lieu of the deletion rights set out in b) and c). This compensation could be monetary, non-monetary (e.g., simultaneous or non-simultaneous substitution, carriage arrangements, marketing and promotion), or both, and could be negotiated on an individual station basis or as part of a broader negotiation with entire ownership groups.


e) Parties to the negotiation would be given a fixed period after the date on which the licensee of a private local television station chose option i) to conclude negotiations, during which the existing regulatory protections would continue to apply. This period could be shortened or extended by agreement between the parties.


f) The Commission would minimize its involvement in the terms and conditions of the resulting agreements, intervening only in cases where there is evidence parties are not negotiating in good faith, and would consider acting as arbitrator only where both parties make a request.


4. If the licensee of a private local television station chose option ii), all regulatory protections for private local television stations in force at the time the choice is made, and as amended during the term in which that choice is valid, would remain in force. These would include, where provided by regulation or by condition of licence: mandatory carriage, priority channel placement on analog basic, program deletion, simultaneous or non-simultaneous substitution, and any payments to individual stations or funds approved by the Commission in lieu of these obligations, including payments for carriage of distant signals as provided for in Broadcasting Public Notice 2008-100.
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Old 2010-03-22, 04:38 PM   #10
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This was taken from the CBC web site:

http://www.cbc.ca/arts/tv/story/2010...ee-signal.html



The CRTC has ruled that Canada's TV broadcasters can seek payment for their over-the-air signals from cable and satellite companies, but is deferring the final judgment to the Federal Court of Appeal.

"Broadcasters and distributors have a symbiotic relationship. The time has come for them to put their differences aside and work together to ensure the continuation of conventional television, which Canadians clearly value," Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission chair Konrad von Finckenstein said Monday in a statement.

The cable and satellite companies have argued that, under the Broadcast Act, the CRTC doesn't have the authority to force payment for conventional television signals.

The CRTC said it must consult the court to ensure it has the jurisdiction to impose the negotiations between the two sides.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/arts/tv/story/2010...#ixzz0iwKn3o6T


So as I look at this the CRTC has chickened out again.
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Old 2010-03-22, 04:41 PM   #11
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(flush)

That's the sound of the CRTC flushing the broadcast system down the toilet by throwing good money after bad. They've sparked a prolonged legal battle that'll make both sides look foolish, and in the end consumers will pay more. They will rush out the door to OTA, Internet and theft.
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This story gives short, clear, bulletin parapgraphs to what this all means:

http://www.nationalpost.com/news/story.html?id=2713021

VOD advertisements is one as a new source of revenue.

CTVglobemedia better NOT close smaller marker /A\ stations now. We're without a doubt paying for it and the money IS going to the broadcaster.
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Old 2010-03-22, 04:44 PM   #13
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http://www.financialpost.com/story.html?id=2713021
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CRTC sets out framework for "market-based solution" to allow private-sector conventional TV broadcasters to negotiate with cable and satellite providers to net compensation for signals.
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Old 2010-03-22, 04:46 PM   #14
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So, when do I get the option to not pay for these stations, like I have for digital stations? I notice these stations are still protected, if you don't subscribe to CTV and they show an American show (which is mostly what they do), the cable company would be forced to remove that show from the American station.

Just another method of holding the public hostage. We need a free market in this country, instead of this over regulation nonsense.
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Old 2010-03-22, 04:54 PM   #15
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So, when do I get the option to not pay for these stations, like I have for digital stations? I notice these stations are still protected, if you don't subscribe to CTV and they show an American show (which is mostly what they do), the cable company would be forced to remove that show from the American station.
No I don't see that they are protected. If Rogers refuses to pay Global, Global can yank it's signal.

From Financial Post
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Under solution proposed, private-sector TV broadcaster can opt to stay in current regulated system, or choose to enter negotiations. Once choice is made, the decision is final. Agreements between broadcasters and cable are expected to last three years.
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If Global opts for negotiations, that's it - they have to negotiate. If they can't come to a negotiated settlement how would they possibly force a BDU to pay for the signal?
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