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Category A services were a class of Canadian specialty television channel which, as defined by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, must be offered by all digital cable and direct broadcast satellite providers that have the capability to do so. Category A services were an amalgamation of the former analog pay and specialty services licensed prior to digital television (with the exception of general interest national news and sports specialty services which are designated as Category C services) and the former category 1 digital specialty channels. In a policy decision released on October 30, 2008, the CRTC decided that all Category 1 digital services as well as all analog pay and specialty channels would be renamed Category A services, effective September 1, 2011.http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2008/pb2008-100.htm Category A services share a number of similar regulations, including that they must be offered by all television providers in Canada, and have higher Canadian content quota levels than Category B services. They were also previously protected by "genre protection" rules forbidding other specialty channels from directly competing with them, but the CRTC is in the process of phasing out these policies in favour of switching all specialty services to standardized licenses as discretionary services.

Category A specialty services



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Former analog services

* BNN Bloomberg * CMT * CP24 * CPAC * CTV Comedy Channel * CTV Drama Channel * CTV Life Channel * CTV Sci-Fi Channel * Discovery * DTour * E! * Food Network * HGTV * History * MTV * Much * OLN * OWN * Showcase * Slice * Sportsnet 360 * Teletoon * Treehouse * VisionTV * W Network * The Weather Network * YTV

Former Category 1 digital services

* AMI-tv * Cottage Life * Crime + Investigation * Documentary Channel * History2 * MTV2 * One * OutTV * T+E

French



Former analog services

* Canal D * Canal Vie * CPAC * Elle Fictions * Évasion * Historia * Ici ARTV * Max * MétéoMédia * SériesPlus * Télétoon * TV5 * Unis * Vrak * Z

Former Category 1 digital services

* addikTV * RDS Info

Multicultural



Former analog services

* ATN Channel * Fairchild TV * Odyssey * Talentvision * TLN

Category A pay services



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Former analog services

* Family Channel (two multiplex channels) ** Family Jr. * The Movie Network (four multiplex channels) ** HBO Canada (East) ** TMN2 ** TMN3 * The Movie Network Encore (two multiplex channels) ** The Movie Network Encore 2

Former digital services

* Super Channel (four multiplex channels) ** Super Channel 2 ** Super Channel 3 ** Super Channel 4

French



Former analog services

* Super Écran (four multiplex channels) ** Super Écran 2 ** Super Écran 3 ** Super Écran 4


Defunct services


* Argent * BookTelevision * Encore Avenue * Fashion Television * FYI * G4 * IFC * M3 * Movie Central * Viceland * WTSN


See also


* List of television stations in Canada by call sign * List of Canadian television networks (table) * List of Canadian television channels * List of Canadian specialty channels * Category B services * Category C services * List of foreign television channels available in Canada * List of United States stations available in Canada * Digital television in Canada * Multichannel television in Canada * List of Canadian stations available in the United States * List of television stations in North America by media market

References

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External links


CRTC list of all 21 original category 1 licensees
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