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TELE-satellit News, 28 August 1996

Third Digital Licence Issued In Canada
  OTTAWA, Canada, 96/08/28 (Sat-ND) -- The Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has granted a third license for
direct-to-home digital TV services to Star Choice Television Network Inc.

  So far, two licenses have been issued to ExpressVu and Power DirecTV, both
of which so far haven't managed to start their services. Star Choice, a unit
of Direct Choice T.V. Inc., said it would launch its service by the end of
this year, using only Canadian satellites for delivering their television
and audio programming to Canadian customers.

  This is in accordance with the Canadian government's satellite policy
requiring Canadian distributors to use Canadian satellites to carry all
Canadian programming services. Star Choice's preferred interim satellite
delivery option consists of subleasing satellite capacity on Canada's Anik
E2 satellite (107.3W.) Services targeted at foreign (US) audiences would be
launched on US satellites, the company said.

  By: Peter Klanowski
  Source: Sat-ND


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