illico Club Unlimited: Astral Complaint Dismissed

illico Club Unlimited: Astral Complaint Dismissed 
Videotron welcomes CRTC decision and plans to continue innovating for
the benefit of consumers 
MONTREAL, QUEBEC -- (Marketwired) -- 08/20/13 -- Videotron welcomes
the CRTC's decision to dismiss the complaint filed by Astral (now
Bell Media) alleging that illico Club Unlimited, launched in February
2013, violates the regulatory framework and certain conditions of
Videotron's video on demand licence.  
"We are gratified that we were able to show the Commission that the
catalogue we are offering illico Club Unlimited subscribers does not
breach any of the conditions of our video on demand licence," said
Manon Brouillette, President and Chief Operating Officer of
Videotron. "At the same time, we were able to demonstrate that
Astral's motive in filing this complaint was to prevent any
competition in order to safeguard and even expand its historic pay-TV
monopoly. The decision also recognizes Videotron's leadership in
entertainment and its benefits for consumers."  
illico Club Unlimited: innovating to meet customers' expectations  
Videotron created illico Club Unlimited in response to its customers'
clearly expressed desire for a product of this type: a subscription
video on demand service that allows unlimited access to an extensive,
constantly updated catalogue of French-language movies, television
series, children's programs, documentaries, comedy shows and
Already more than 50,000 subscribers  
illico Club Unlimited is a service tailored to the needs of the
Quebec market that competes directly with a foreign global player,
Netflix. Today, it is delivering a wide selection of content from the
world's largest studios as well as local producers and distributors
to more than 50,000 households across Quebec and in Ontario. illico
Club Unlimited is becoming a new distribution vehicle for Quebec
product and an additional showcase for local talent.  
Videotron (, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quebecor
Media Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in cable
television, interactive multimedia development, and Internet access,
cable telephone and mobile telephone services. Videotron is a leader
in new technologies with its illico interactive television service
and its broadband network, which supports high-speed cable Internet
access, analog and digital cable television, and other services. As
of June 30, 2013, Videotron was serving 1,832,400 cable television
customers, including 1,502,000 subscribers Digital TV. Videotron is
also the Quebec leader in high-speed Internet access, with 1,395,400
subscribers to its cable service as of June 30, 2013. As of the same
date, Videotron had 451,100 subscriber connections to its mobile
telephone service and was providing cable telephone service to
1,274,700 Quebec households and organizations. For the eighth
consecutive year, Videotron was ranked as Quebec's most respected
telecommunications company by Les Affaires magazine, based on a Leger
Marketing survey.   
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