CRTC Approves Telus PPV (non-Movie) Service




The CRTC has approved  the application by TELUS Communications Inc., and 1219723 Alberta ULC and Emergis Inc. in partnership with TELUS Communications Inc. in TELE-MOBILE Company, partners in a general partnership carrying on business as TELUS Communications Company for a broadcasting licence to operate a national terrestrial pay-per-view  programming service. The Commission is satisfied that the application complies with the regulatory framework for PPV services set out in the appendix to Revised regulatory framework for pay-per-view services.

The service will offer live and tape-delayed professional and amateur sports events, as well as live and tape-delayed special events including programs of comedy sketches, improvisations, unscripted works, stand-up comedy, music and dance, variety, and general entertainment and human interest. Its programming may also include interstitials, public service announcements and filler programming.

TELUS indicated that the programming will be predominantly in the English language, but that it may also offer some French-language programming.

TELUS is a wholly owned subsidiary of TELUS Corporation.

The Commission did not receive any interventions regarding this application.

Because TELUS is subject to the Employment Equity Act and files reports concerning employment equity with the Department of Employment and Social Development, its employment equity practices are not examined by the Commission.

The licence will expire 31 August 2020.

A licence for this undertaking will be issued once the applicant has informed the Commission in writing that it is prepared to commence operations. The undertaking must be operational at the earliest possible date and, in any event, no later than 24 months from the date of this decision, unless a request for an extension of time is approved by the Commission before 14 July 2016. In order to ensure that such a request is processed in a timely manner, it should be submitted at least 60 days before that date.


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