CRTC bars Fuel TV from Canada

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The regulator says the American action sports channel would compete too directly with Fidelity HD’s Radx.

The CRTC has barred American action sports channel Fuel TV from penetrating the Canadian market to protect an existing adrenaline-driven Canadian cable channel.

The regulator denied an application by Rogers Communication to add Fox Cable Networks’ Fuel TV to Canadian cable and satellite TV schedules on grounds it competes with an existing HD cable channel, High Fidelity HD’s Radx, which is devoted to risk and adventure-themed programming, including extreme sports.

The CRTC’s so-called genre protection rule stops US and other foreign channels from airing in Canada if they compete with an existing Canadian service.

But the majority CRTC decision to deny Fuel TV entry into Canada had dissenters.

CRTC commissioner Timothy Denton urged the regulator to abandon genre protection because Canadian broadcasting and its rules cannot go forward on inertia only.

“At some point in time, on some issues, commissioners have to depart from the consensus, the precedents, or the staff position ­ no matter how apparently reasonable ­ and cease to be compliant with what has gone before,” he wrote in a dissenting statement.

And fellow commissioner Michel Morin said the CRTC displayed “unjustified overcautiousness towards a new non-Canadian service that would have complemented the Canadian offering.”

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  • http://twitter.com/limassweed Homo Yoshida

    This channel is important to the UFC, Canada is the Mecca of MMA.

    This is blasphemous 

  • snwboard_4life

    Come January 1st when the UFC starts airing on Fuel, MMA fans will go nuts begging for FUEL TV.

  • Anonymous

    I WANT MY UFC SORT YOURSELF OUT CRTC OTHERWISE WE WILL DOWNLOAD THE SH#T OUT OF YOUR INDUSTRY>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_US6Q2TE4HPFGCNBW5DHVHI3MCE Etienne Ayotte-Sauve

    This is ridiculous. I’ve already emailed the CRTC about this. Their argumentation about RadX being a channel is due to poor research on their part. Good job not looking into the UFC’s 7 year exclusive deal with FOX.

  • scott reid

    Sort this shit out CRTC! Give us Fueltv

  • snwboard_4life

    Please email the CRTC to complain about their idiotic and selfish decision.

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