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Broadcasting Distribution Regulations

Version of section 20 from 2017-09-01 to 2023-01-25:

  •  (1) Except as otherwise provided under a condition of its licence, a licensee may, in addition to the programming services required under sections 17 to 19, distribute in its licensed area

    • (a) the programming service of any regional television station that is not distributed by the licensee in the licensed area under section 17 or of any extra-regional television station;

    • (b) any on-demand service, the operator of which is authorized to provide the service to all or part of the licensed area, that is not distributed by the licensee in the licensed area under section 18;

    • (c) any discretionary service that is not distributed by the licensee in the licensed area under section 18 or 19;

    • (d) subject to section 30, community programming;

    • (e) the programming service of any non-Canadian television station that is received over the air at the local head end, other than

      • (i) a religious programming service, and

      • (ii) the programming service of a non-Canadian television station that began operation after January 1, 1985;

    • (f) any authorized non-Canadian programming service — including, subject to section 22, a 4 + 1 package of programming services;

    • (g) subject to section 21, the programming service of any distant television station;

    • (h) the programming service of any licensed television station that provides its programming services by direct feed and that is not distributed by the licensee in the licensed area under section 17 or otherwise under this section;

    • (i) the programming service of any exempt programming undertaking;

    • (j) any programming service that promotes a programming service distributed by the licensee and that meets the criteria set out in paragraph 27 of Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2007-74, dated July 5, 2007 and entitled Previews and promotional channels;

    • (k) subject to section 21, an educational television programming service whose operation is the responsibility of an educational authority designated by a province other than the province in which the licensed area is located; and

    • (l) any programming service — including, subject to section 22, a further 4 + 1 package of programming services — that is authorized under a condition of its licence.

  • (2) A licensee that distributes a programming service under subsection (1) may also distribute the high definition version of that programming service.

  • SOR/2002-322, s. 5
  • SOR/2003-217, s. 9
  • SOR/2006-11, s. 3
  • SOR/2011-148, s. 8
  • SOR/2015-239, s. 12
  • SOR/2017-160, s. 5
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