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CRTC issues mandatory distribution orders for three channels
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has approved mandatory distribution for three new television services. A new French-language version of the AMI-TV channel for the visually impaired and a French-language channel called Nouveau TV5 will be now carried on cable and satellite digital basic television services. In addition, the television channel operated by the Legislative Assemblies of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories will be added to the basic service of satellite television subscribers in those territories. The CRTC also granted a distribution order for ARTV to ensure that the service is carried by all distributors, but consumers can choose whether to subscribe. The CRTC also issued five-year renewals for the distribution orders for five channels: the English-language version of AMI-TV, AMI Audio, Canal M, APTN and CPAC. "Canadians across the country will have access to programming that meets a real and exceptional need, and that would not be widely available without our intervention," said Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC. "We are making sure, however, that television services remain affordable for Canadians by imposing reasonable rates for services offered on the basic service." The commission rejected mandatory distribution applications from Accents, All Points Bulletin, the Canadian Punjabi Network, Described Video Guide, Dolobox TV, EqualiTV, Fusion, Maximum Television Canada, Starlight, Sun News Network, La télévision des ressources naturelles and Vision TV.