Canada: CRTC Denies Bid for HD Terrestrial Network

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission recently denied HDTV Networks Inc., an application for a broadcast license to start a national terrestrial HD network. HDTV Networks had submitted an application to the CRTC in late 2006 for an eight city, over-the-air broadcast license and recently added some more local programming to its overall commitment, apparently to no avail (HD Notebook, Feb. 20, 2008).

The new HD network sought to deliver HD programming (for English-speaking viewers) in eight cities: Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. Yet in denying the application, the governing body said the company was proposing to establish the “Canadian equivalent of a superstation”—thus violating the Broadcasting Act of Canada and policies of the CRTC.