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article imageCanadian TV stations can charge cable providers to carry programs

By Andrew Moran     Mar 1, 2011 in Business
Ottawa - The Federal Court of Appeal has issued a decision that allows Canada's various private broadcasters, including CTV and Global, to charge cable and satellite providers to broadcast their programs.
The most basic price for a Rogers Cable television package in Toronto is $17.24 and an ultimate combo is more than $60. A digital basic television offer from Bell is at least $30 and the “digital essential” is $60. If you think this is too much money for television then get ready for the possibility of paying more.
According to the Globe and Mail, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission asked the Federal Court of Appeal to issue a ruling on whether or not broadcasters could actually provide a value to their signals.
On Tuesday, the court released a 2-1 ruling in favour of allowing private broadcasters to charge television providers, including companies like Rogers and Bell. They noted, though, that the decision was not unanimous.
“No one believed it could be won,” said an anonymous broadcasting industry source in an e-mail to the Wire Report.
The Toronto Star notes that broadcasters can now negotiate with companies to establish rates. Private broadcasters argued in the past that without extra funds they would have to close down numerous local channels and Canadian productions.
Distributors of television network signals, including Rogers, will most likely come together and file an appeal, reports the Winnipeg Free Press.
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