Canada sees specialty, pay TV boom

Revs from specialty, pay. pay-per-view webs surge 31.5%

The Canuck specialty and pay TV biz continues to boom, according to the annual report from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, released Wednesday.

Cash flow from specialty, pay and pay-per-view channels surged 31.5% last year to C$549.9 million ($486 million) from 2004.

Revenues increased 6.3% to $1.9 billion thanks to more subscribers for existing services and the arrival of new services.

Revenue from cable subscribers was up 4.7% to $820 million, while revs from satellite subs was up 6.2% to $407 million.

National advertising revenue for the channels rose 8.7% to $664 million.

The CRTC also reported that specialty, pay and PPV channels last year spent $144 million on homegrown drama, $113 million on local news, $182 million on other information programming, $103 million on sports, $34 million on Canadian musical and variety shows and $40 million on general-interest programs.

On average, from 2001 to 2005, revenues for these channels increased 10% per year and cash flow increased 19.4% per year.

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