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Analogue broadcasting ends on August 31, 2011 : No impact for Videotron customers

Montréal, April 12, 2011 — Videotron reminds its customers that they will not be affected in any way by the transition to digital television broadcasting. After the August 31, 2011 deadline set by the CRTC for the ending of analogue broadcasting across Canada, Videotron customers will continue receiving their favourite channels on the equipment they now have. They will not need to purchase a converter, a new television set or any other equipment, or subscribe to any new services.

How Videotron will offer analogue services after August 31, 2011
Videotron will convert incoming digital signals from Canadian local stations to analogue signals for its customers, just as it has been doing with American signals since the U.S. made the switchover to digital in 2009. Therefore, subscribers to Videotron’s cable television services, digital or analogue, will continue receiving their television channels as usual.

In short, the transition to digital broadcasting by Canadian local television stations will have no impact on our customers because we will continue converting the digital signals to analogue.

For more information, see the CRTC notice at http://crtc.gc.ca/eng/info_sht/bdt14.htm

Videotron (www.videotron.com), 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 interactive Digital TV service and its broadband network, which supports high-speed cable Internet access, analog and digital cable television, and other services. As of December 31, 2010, Videotron was serving 1,811,600 cable television customers, including 1,219,600 subscribers to its digital service. Videotron is also the Québec leader in high-speed Internet access, with 1,254,400 subscribers to its cable and mobile services as of December 31, 2010. As of the same date, Videotron had 136,100 subscriber connections to its mobile telephone service and was providing cable telephone service to 1,114,300 Québec households and organizations. For the sixth consecutive year, Videotron was named Québec’s most respected telecommunications company by Les Affaires magazine, based on a Léger Marketing survey.


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