Pay, Pay-per-view, Video-on-demand and Specialty Services 2009-2013

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Foreword

Statistical and Financial Summaries

Pay, Pay-per-view (PPV), Video-on-Demand (VOD) and Specialty Services - Total

Specialty Services

Pay Services

On-Demand Services (Pay-per-view and Video-on-Demand)

Programming and Production Expenses

Specialty Services

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The information provided in this publication reflects a compilation of annual returns data for the pay, pay-per-view, video-on-demand and specialty services sector.

Information is also provided for Canadian programming expenditures as is applicable to the majority of licensees in the sector. This information, however, is not sufficient to allow a proper evaluation of conditions of licence with respect to Canadian program expenditures, as may be required of licensees in this sector. This is due to the fact that conditions of licence, as applies to this particular sector, may take into account financial information which is not captured by financial statements. For comprehensive details on an individual licensee’s conditions of licence, please consult the applicable CRTC licensing decision on our website.

Foreword

Introduction

This report presents statistical and financial information on pay, pay-per-view, video-on-demand and specialty services providers.

Revenue earned by Cable operators and affiliation payments paid to the pay and specialty service providers may be found in the "Broadcast Distribution" summary report.

Beginning in broadcast year 2012, pay and specialty services were classified as categories A, B and C. The definitions as outlined in the Broadcast Distribution Regulations, are explained as follows:

"Category A service" means

  1. a Canadian programming service that is designated as such by the Commission; or
  2. for the remainder of the term of a licence that was issued before September 1, 2011,
    1. a pay television service other than a Category 2 service that was designated as such by the Commission before that day and other than a Category C service, or
    2. a specialty service other than a Category 2 service that was designated as such by the Commission before that day and other than a Category C service. (service de catégorie A)

"Category B service", except as set out in subsection 19(2), means

  1. a Canadian programming service that is designated as such by the Commission; or
  2. for the remainder of the term of a licence that was issued before September 1, 2011, a Category 2 service that was designated as such by the Commission before that day, other than a Category C service.

"Category C service" means

  1. a Canadian programming service that is designated as such by the Commission; or
  2. a pay television service or a specialty service that is subject to the conditions of licence set out in the appendices to Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-562, dated September 4, 2009 and entitled Conditions of licence for competitive Canadian specialty services operating in the genres of mainstream sports and national news, as amended from time to time.

Limitation on data collected

The Financial Summary for Pay and Specialty Services for the broadcast year ended 31 August 2013 represents 229 pay, pay-per-view, video-on-demand and specialty services. During the year, 12 newly licensed services commenced operations and 12 previously licensed services ceased operation.

Data contained in this report are subject to change as the Commission receives additonal or revised information.