Interesting points I found in the ruling:
* Removal of specialty channel categories (Category A, B, etc.). As far as I can tell, this includes the removal of must-carry status for most of these channels. National news services are among those to keep that status, but it will be prescribed on case by case, it seems. I'm not clear on whether existing category A channels immediately lose their must-carry.
* Removal of genre protection, including of prescribing what sorts of genres specialties can air. They can now change formats entirely if they'd like. The only exceptions here must-carry channels. This is effective immediately.
* Changes to the approval of new national news services: They must demonstrate that they have a proven track record in news, that there is demand in the market for it, and that the service would bring improved diversity
* Internet-based VOD services that provide exclusives must be available to all Canadians. This effectively means they can't be tied to a BDU. I imagine this also means services like individual channel websites. There is, however, nothing here about pricing. I imagine they can do what they want with that.
* No licenses required for any specialties with fewer than 200K subs, with some minor rules to consider. Sounds like specialties over that would effectively be rubbed stamped.
* Changes to CanCon rules: There's a lot here, and I'm having trouble deciphering it, so I'll let others figure this out.
* Creation of an industry working group to work out the details on using cable set-top boxes for audience measurement.
Last edited by Gilles; 2015-03-12 at 06:17 PM.