Thursday, September 29, 2011

Supreme Court to hear 'value for signal' TV case

CBC synopsis: In 2010, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission asked the Federal Court of Appeal to rule on whether the broadcast regulator had the right to establish a regime whereby broadcasters could attach value to their signals and charge the distributors — the cable and satellite companies .Canadian cable and satellite companies currently carry over-the-air network television signals without paying for them. In a 2-1 ruling released in late February, the appeal court said the regulator could implement a proposed "value for signal" regime. The cable and satellite companies subsequently asked the Supreme Court for leave to appeal that decision.

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