The death of Canada’s local TV affiliate

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(An opinion piece by Steve Hatton, including interviews with past and present local station owners.) Have you noticed something slowly disappearing from the television schedule? In the midst of media convergence, hundreds of new digital channels, the upcoming arrival of high definition TV, it seems that there’s rarely a dull moment in the Canadian broadcasting industry. But who pays the … Read More

Bell ExpressVu launches described video service – To Better Serve Blind and Visually Impaired Viewers

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Bell ExpressVu, Canada’s leader in digital entertainment, announced today that it has created an enhanced service offering for the blind and visually impaired. Bell ExpressVu’s described video service provides its visually impaired customers with a channel that provides narrated program descriptions of key visual elements such as scene changes, action, character gestures and costumes. The overall goal is to enrich … Read More

Cogeco cable launches Video on Demand

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A new Video on Demand (VOD) service has been launched by Cogeco Cable. The service is now available in the Ontario regions of Hamilton, Niagara and St Catharine’s and in the Quebec regions of Trois-Rivières, Shawinigan and Grand-Mère. Roll-out to all other customers will be done gradually: approximately 45% of customers by Christmas and 70% by the end of February.

Alliance Atlantis to Supply Cogeco Cable with Movies for New Video on Demand Service

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Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. and COGECO Cable Inc. announced today they have signed a long-term agreement to provide movies for COGECO Cable’s new Video on Demand (VOD) service, set to launch in November, 2002. Video on Demand, the newest development in the burgeoning home entertainment market, significantly expands consumers’ choices for accessing movies through digital cable.

Astral Media Inc. – Family Channel forced to suspend its service to Vidéotron

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Since April 2002, Vidéotron unilaterally decided to pay only half of the rates it owes to Astral Media’s Family Channel (under a contract allowing it to offer Family to its subscribers). Since Vidéotron is not changing its position on this matter, Family is forced to suspend its service to Vidéotron, effective immediately.

South Park mocks church sex scandal in sixth season premiere december 6th

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Five years and seventy-nine episodes later, television’s most outrageous animated series continues to push the boundaries of social satire when it tackles sex abuse in the church in the sixth season premiere of SOUTH PARK, debuting exclusively on The Comedy Network Friday, December 6 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. In the first of 17 all-new episodes, Priest Maxi travels to Rome … Read More

Alliance Atlantis Broadcast Group Wins Big at the Geminis

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Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting’s specialty channels took home 13 awards at this year’s Geminis including Best History Documentary for History Television’s The Last Just Man; Best Host in a Practical Information or Performing Arts Program or Series for HGTV’s Nik Manojlovich; Best Lifestyle/General Interest Series for Food Network Canada’s Opening Soon; and Best Talk Series for Discovery Health Channel’s Health on … Read More

Alliance Atlantis and CBC strike an overall agreement to jointly commission Canadian television projects

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Alliance Atlantis Communications and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) announced today that they have struck a three-year agreement to jointly commission Canadian television projects ranging from dramatic series to children’s shows. Shows commissioned under this agreement will be broadcast on CBC and subsequently on other Alliance Atlantis channels. A number of jointly commissioned dramatic programs, including Third World, Jinnah On … Read More