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CRTC dismisses Rogers Media complaint

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has dismissed a complaint against Rogers Media claiming that the company granted undue preference to its subscribers by providing them with exclusive content through its online service GamePlus. The service provides subscribers with access to National Hockey League games. The CRTC decision states that, since this programming is essentially produced for distribution on digital media, it can be offered exclusively. According to the commission, the CRTC allows companies to provide exclusive content to subscribers, as long as it is not created mainly for traditional television.

"Canadians have access to an abundance of content on multiple platforms," said Jean-Pierre Blais, chairman of the CRTC. "In order to stand out, creators, producers and distributors have to be creative and find innovative ways to create and deliver content to Canadians through digital media. Rogers' GamePlus service is a complementary service available online to enhance the viewer's experience. I encourage other companies holding broadcasting rights to be innovative online to in order to provide Canadian and international audiences with content that they want to see."

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