Accordingly, the Commission will not at this time mandate specific deadlines for the transition of the pay and specialty services to HD.
Paragraph 34 & 67:
HD-transitional pay and specialty licensees be permitted to offer a maximum of 14 hours per week of programming that is not duplicated on their counterpart analog or SD versions.... programming must be in HD, must be at least 50% Canadian in origin, and must conform to the service’s nature of service definition
The Commission will require that a minimum of 50% of the programming broadcast during the evening broadcast period, i.e., 6 p.m. to midnight, be HD programming. This amount equates to 21 hours per week of HD programming during the evening broadcast period.
minimum of 30% of the programming broadcast during the broadcast day be HD programming,
minimum of 50% of the programming broadcast during the broadcast day be in HD by the beginning of year six of the first licence term. and 50% of that be Canadian
once the benchmark threshold of 85% digital penetration is passed those SD services that have not made the transition to HD will retain their distribution rights, each to the equivalent of one SD digital channel.
guaranteed 3 HD PPV channels
Commission has decided not to prescribe linkage rules based on technical format. Distributors will therefore be free to package Canadian HD services with either HD or SD Canadian and non-Canadian services (maintaining the 5:1 ratio)
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