US TV stations looking for compensation in Canada

The U.S. Television Coalition is asking for Canadian cable, satellite and Internet TV providers to pay for the right to distribute their signals in Canada.

Currently, the signals are picked up with no direct compensation to the coalition, which comprises of WIVB and WNLO, Buffalo station that carry the CBS signal; Minneapolis-based ABC affiliate KSTP; Detroit-based NBC affiliate WDIV; and Rochester-based NBC affiliate WHEC.

“Given the success and importance of the Canada-U.S. trade partnership, we remain hopeful this unfair situation will be put right by Canada and our U.S. stations will be included under the consent and remuneration provisions,” said Susan Wenz, program director at KSTP, in a statement.

“Our channels deliver value for Canadians,” said Chris Musial, the general manager for WIVB and WNLO-TV. “We expect the right to negotiate appropriate compensation for the full value that our signals and programming deliver to Canadian markets.”

The coalition is asking for the same rights that Canadian stations enjoy under new retransmission regulations that begin in September 2011.

Source: globeandmail


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