CRTC rules Quebecor contravened the law and issues mandatory order prohibiting the broadcaster from denying TVA Sports to Bell TV customers
Quebecor faces serious penalties if it ignores order. Because the CRTC also registered its order with the Federal Court, Quebecor could be held in contempt of court if it decides to again ignore the CRTC's directives. "Taking TV viewers hostage by unilaterally cutting off service is not the way to change regulations you don't like." Origins of the dispute. The dispute stems from negotiations between Bell and Quebecor over pricing for a range of specialty TV channels. As part of the negotiations, Quebecor demanded that Bell pay more to access its TVA Sports channel than Quebecor would pay for Bell Media's RDS sports network. However, RDS is a far more popular French-language sports channel with 67% more viewers in 2018 than TVA Sports, according to industry-standard Numeris audience measurement. Founded in Montréal in 1880, Bell is Canada's largest communications company, providing advanced broadband wireless, Internet, TV, media and other communication services to consumers and business customers throughout the country, and a proud partner of the Montreal Canadiens and their home, the Bell Centre.