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Upfront: New Canadian Cable Apps

Although 10 of the 23 Canadian specialty services licenced last year have yet to find cable or satellite carriage, the CRTC (Canada's federal broadcast regulator) has received over 70 applications for new services in the latest licensing round....
November 1, 1997

Although 10 of the 23 Canadian specialty services licenced last year have yet to find cable or satellite carriage, the CRTC (Canada’s federal broadcast regulator) has received over 70 applications for new services in the latest licensing round.

Despite the existing carriage conundrum, most of the new proposals come from companies which already own Canadian specialty services, meaning that the would-be cablers are betting the CRTC will rule as it did last year and give a license to every qualifying applicant. If that’s the case, then the licence winners are, in essense, reserving their right to the genre until market conditions can support their launch.

Among the factual service applications, it looks like the battle for a travel channel will shape up as the most interesting. Montreal-based Astral Communications, Toronto-based Baton Broadcasting, Western International Communications of Vancouver, chum of Toronto and Toronto’s NetStar Communications are all vying for a chance to engage Canadian armchair travelers.

Hearings are expected to begin spring 1998.

Selected Canadian factual applications:

Alliance Communications

Canal Histoire (History)

Biography Television

NetStar Communications:

Animal Planet

The Y Channel (Men’s Television)

The Explorer Network (Travel)

The Health Network

The Science & Technology Channel

Atlantis Broadcasting

National Geographic Channel Canada

Canada’s Health Network

Fit TV Canada

Food Network Canada

People Channel (Biographies)

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Land & Sea – Canada’s Country Connection (Rural life)

Les Ržseaux Premier Choix

Canal Justice (Law and Justice)

La cha’ne gourmande (Food)

Radio Canada

Ržseau de l’žconomie (Business and Finance)

Ržseau de l’histoire (History)

Ržseau des arts (Arts and Culture)

Rogers Broadcasting Limited

Chatelaine TV (Lifestyle)

The Documentary Channel

Today’s Parent TV

Also in Upfront:

-News Briefs for November 1997

-Disney goes back to nature

-Paramount boosts its reality slate with Wild Things

- Discovery’s Latin American Travel Buy

-TVNZ’s Natural History Unit goes on the block. And the winner is. . .

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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