- Distributors should not withhold content from competitors. This will prevent anti-competitive programming blackouts.
- Preferential or exclusive programming rights should not permitted in Canada. Consumers should not have to switch suppliers to watch their favorite shows.
- To ensure fair competition, vertically integrated broadcasters should not benefit from a head-start in launching new programming services.
- Fees charged for a programming service should be in line with fees charged for other services of equal value to consumers to ensure consumer costs do not skyrocket.
I wrote about some of the risks associated with vertical integration last year.