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Category 2 channels (Canada)
Category 2 channels are Canadian television channels defined by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission which may be carried, optionally, by all digital cable television and direct broadcast satellite providers.
Unlike both older specialty television services services licensed prior to digital channel capacity expansion, and Category 1 channels, Category 2 channels are not protected as to format. They are licensed to broadcast within defined formats which are not provided by or overly close to an existing protected channel, but their formats are not protected themselves and need not protect other Category 2 channels.
It is expected that most or all Canadian cable and satellite specialty channels will henceforth be licensed as Category 2 channels.
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