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Denied services

The following services were denied on the grounds that they would be competitive, either in whole or in part, with one or more Canadian pay or specialty services:

Azteca 13 International: Spanish-language general interest service

GOL TV: Spanish and English-language soccer programming service

LBC America: Arabic-language general interest service

TV Chile: Spanish-language general interest service

TVE Internacional: Spanish-language general interest service

RAI International: Italian-language general interest service

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Interesting to see that it was the general interest (which includes soccer and soap operas, TLN's big draws) which were denied.

Contrast the list of those denied with those accepted:

German TV: German-language general interest service

Canal SUR: Spanish-language predominantly news and non fiction service with programming by independent broadcasters from Latin America

CineLatino: Spanish-language movies from Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela and Peru

Grandes Documentales de TVE: Spanish-language documentaries

Utilisima: Spanish-language programming service originating from Argentina directed to women

Eurochannel: Spanish and Portuguese subtitled European movie service

Romanian Television International: Predominantly Romanian-language general interest programming service

ART Movies: Arabic-language movies

Al Jazeera: Arabic-language news and public affairs service

(two Arab speciality channels as opposed to LBC, which has loads of sports and soap operas)

The German television might provide some Bundesliga soccer for those who pay for the extra service.

Here is a telling excerpt from the decision:

"With its request to add RAI International, Rogers [the whole cable corporation, not Sportsnet], RAI’s sponsor, filed an undertaking from RAI that the service would not hold, obtain, nor exercise preferential or exclusive rights in relation to the distribution of programming in Canada. However, based on other statements made by RAI and its sponsor on the record of this proceeding, the Commission was not persuaded that RAI would not exercise preferential or exclusive rights to at least some of its programming."

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