Category 1 specialty channel
A Category 1 specialty channel is a Canadian specialty
television channelwhich, as defined by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, must be carried by all digital cableand direct broadcast satelliteproviders that have the capability to do so. Canadian contentlevels on Category 1 channels are required to be at a minimum of 50 percent.
Like older specialty television services licensed prior to digital channel capacity expansion, Category 1 channels are protected as to format. They have been licensed to broadcast within defined formats which are not provided by or overly close to existing protected channels, and Category 1 formats are protected themselves from close direct competition from Category 2 channels, the junior category of digital channels which was introduced at the same time.
It is expected that, henceforth, most or all new Canadian specialty channels will be licensed as Category 2 channels.
Category 1 channels
* The Biography Channel
* Discovery Health
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Defunct Category 1 channels
* WTSN, one of the original Category 1 licensees, ceased broadcasting on
September 23, 2003for financial reasons.
Category 1 channels that were never launched
* Perfecto, La Chaîne - was the licence for a
French languagedigital channel with programming related to fashion and design. It was owned by Astral Mediaand CHUM Limitedwith each company owning 50%.
* Télé Ha! Ha! - as the licence for a
French languagedigital channel with programming related to comedy and humour. It was owned by Groupe TVA(60.2%), Les Films Rozon (19.9%) and BCE Média (19.9%).
List of Canadian specialty channels
List of Canadian television channels
* [http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/ENG/Decisions/2000/DB2000-449%20to%20469.htm CRTC list of all 21 original category 1 licensees]
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