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Acronyms and Abbreviations

The table below lists selected acronyms and abbreviations that appear in resources related to the Canadian
and international media and telecommunications industries.

A

 

AAC

Alliance Atlantis Communications, Inc.

ABP

Associated British Pathe

ACFTVP

Association of Canadian Film and Television Producers

ACMPC

Association of Canadian Movie Production Companies

ACT

Alliance for Children and Television (Canada). Formerly known as the Children's Broadcast Institute.

ACTRA

Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists

AD

1) Assistant Director; 2) Anti-dumping

A/D

Analog to Digital converter

ADI

Area of Dominant Influence

ADR

Automatic Dialogue Replacement

AFMA

American Film Marketing Association (United States)

AFTRA

American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (United States)

AMPTP

Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (United States). Formerly known as Association of Motion Picture Producers (1924-1963); Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers (1964-1981).

AM

Amplitude Modulation

ANZ

Australia and New Zealand

APEC

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum

APFTQ

Association des producteurs de films et de télévision du Québec

API

Application Program Interface

APPC

Advanced Program-to-Program Communications

APTN

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network

ARB

American Research Bureau. Later known as Arbitron.

ARPANET

Advanced Research Projects Agency Network

ATM

Asynchronous Transfer Mode

ATSC

Advanced Television Systems Committee (United States)

ATV

Advanced Television

AUP

Acceptable Use Policy

B

 

BBC

British Broadcasting Corporation

BBG

Board of Broadcast Governors (Canada). Predecessor of the Canadian Radio-Television Commission.

BCE

Bell Canada Enterprises

BCFC

British Columbia Film Commission

BPIDP

Book Publishing Industry Development Plan (Canada)

B.O.

box office

BPL

Broadband over Powerlines

Bps

Bits per second

BSP

broadcast standards and practices

BT

Bluetooth

BTA

best time available

C

 

CAB

1) Canadian Association of Broadcasters; 2) Cable Advertising Bureau

CanCon

Canadian Content

CARA

Classification and Rating Administration (United States)

CATV

Community Antenna Television

CAVCO

Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office

CAVE

Cave Automatic Virtual Environment

CBC

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

CBSC

Canadian Broadcast Standards Council

CC

closed caption

CCA

Capital Cost Allowance

CCAU

Coalition of Canadian Audio-Visual Unions

CCFM

Council of Canadian Filmmakers

CCFTA

Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement

CCTA

Canadian Cable Television Association

CDN

Canadian

CDPD

Cellular Digital Packet Data

CEO

Chief Executive Officer

CFO

Chief Financial Officer

CFDC

Canadian Film Development Corporation. The Corporation's name was later changed to Telefilm Canada.

CFFF

Canada Feature Film Fund

CFTA

Canadian Film and Television Association

CFTPA

Canadian Film and Television Production Association

CIBS

Canada's International Business Strategy

CIFTA

Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement

CITT

Canadian International Trade Tribunal

CLEC

Competitive Local Exchange Carrier

CMPDA

Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association

Codec

Coder-decoder

Coprod

Co-production

COTS

Commercial off-the-shelf

CPM

cost per thousand or cost per mill

CPP

cost per point

CPTC

Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit

CRBC

Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission. Later became part of the CRTC.

CRTC

Canadian Radio-Television Commission.
Note: The Commission's name was later changed to Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission

CSC

Canadian Society of Cinematographers

CTCPF

Canada Television and Cable Production Fund

CTF

Canadian Television Fund

CVD

countervailing duties

D

 

DARPA

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (United States)

DASD

Direct Access Storage Device

DAT

Digital Audio Tape

DAW

Digital Audio Workstation

DB

delayed broadcast

DBS

Direct Broadcast Satellite

DES

Data Encryption Standard

DGA

Directors Guild of America (United States)

DGC

Directors Guild of Canada

DHCP

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol

Diginet

Digital network

DIN

Deutsche Industrie Norm

DMS

designated market area

DNS

Domain Name Service

DOC

Department of Communications (DOC) (Canada)

DOP

Director of Photography

DSL

Digital Subscriber Line

DTH

Direct-to-home satellite television service

DTV

Digital Television

DV

digital video

DVB

Digital Video Broadcasting

DVC

digital video compression

DVD

(1) Digital Video Disc; (2) Digital Versatile Disc

DVE

digital video effects

E

 

E&O

errors and omissions

EFTA

European Free Trade Association

EIP

Equity Investment Program

ENG

Electronic News Gathering

epk

electronic press kit

ESSID

Extended Service Set Identifier

EU

European Union

EULA

End User Licensing Agreement

EXT

exterior

F

 

FCC

1) First Choice Canadian. It later became The Movie Network; 2) Federal Communications Commission (U.S. regulatory agency)

FDI

Foreign Direct Investment

1st AD

First Assistant Director

FM

Frequency Modulation

FTA

Free Trade Agreement

FTAA

Free Trade Agreement of the Americas

FTC

Federal Trade Commission (United States)

FTTH

Fiber-to-the-Home

FTP

File Transfer Protocol

FX

special effect

G

 

GAA

Gross Average Audience

GATS

General Agreement on Trade in Services

GATT

General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. Replaced in January 1995 by the World Trade Organization (WTO).

GDP

Gross Domestic Product

Ghz

Gigahertz

GPS

Global Positioning System

GRP

Gross Ratings Points

HDTV

High-definition Television

HFC

hybrid fiber coax

HGTV

Home & Garden Television

HTML

Hyptertext Markup Language

HTTP

Hypertext Transfer Protocol

HUT

Households Using Television

Hz

Hertz

I

 

IATSE

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada, AFL-CIO, CLC

ICC

International Cinema Corporation

IDS

Intrusion Detection System

IFCC

Independent Film Channel Canada

ITFS

Instructional Television Fixed Service

IIPA

International Intellectual Property Alliance (United States)

IM

instant message

I/O

input/output

IP

1) intellectual property; 2) Internet Protocol

IPA

Independent Production Agreement (Canada)

IPTV

Internet Protocol Television

IR

information retrieval

IRC

Internet Relay Chat

ISCD

Industry Standard Coding Identification

ISDN

1) Integrated Services Digital Network; 2) Integrated Systems Digital Networking

ISM band

Industrial, Scientific and Medical band

ISP

Internet Service Provider

ITA

Information Technology Agreement

ITC

1) Incorporated Television Company ( United Kingdom ); 2) Independent Television Corporation

ITU

International Telecommunications Union

IVDS

Interactive Video Data Service

J

 

JPEG

Joint Photographic Experts Group

K

 

K

kilobyte

Kb

kilobyte

Kbps

kilobits per second

kHz

kilohertz

L

 

LAN

Local Area Network

LFP

Licence Fee Program (Canada)

LIP

left in progress

LPFM

Low Power FM Radio

LPTV

Low Power Television

M

 

M

megabyte

MAC

Media Access Control

MAP

Marketing Assistance Program (Canada)

MAPL

Music, Artist, Production, Lyrics (Canadian music content regulation elements)

MB

megabyte

Mbps

megabits per second

MEG

megabyte

MFN

Most-favored-nation treatment

MIPS

millions of instructions per second

MIS

Management Information System

MNC

Multinational corporation

MNE

Multinational enterprise

MOW

Movie-of-the-week

MPAA

Motion Picture Association of America (United States)

MRI

Mediamark Research Inc.

MTAC

Motion Picture Theatre Association of Canada

N

 

NAB

National Association of Broadcasters (United States)

NACC

North American Competitiveness Council

NAFTA

North American Free Trade Agreement

NAICS

North American Industry Classification System

NAS

network attached storage

NATO

National Association of Theater Owners (United States)

NATPE

National Association of Television Program Executives (United States)

NFB

National Film Board of Canada

NHI

Nielsen Home Video Index (United States)

NIC

network interface card

NII

National Information Infrastructure (United States)

NSI

1) National Screen Institute (Canada); 2) Nielsen Station Index (United States)

NSS

Nielsen Syndication Service (United States)

NTB

non-tariff barriers

NTI

Nielsen Television Index (United States)

NTIA

National Telecommunications and Information Administration (United States)

NSTC

1) National Science and Technology Council (United States); 2) National Television Systems Committee (United States)

O

 

O&O

owned and operated

OECA

Ontario Educational Communications Authority

OECD

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

OFDC

Ontario Film Development Corporation (Later named the Ontario Media Development Corporation)

OMDC

Ontario Media Development Corporation (Formerly named Ontario Film Development Corporation)

OS

operating system

OSP

Operator Service Provider

OTO

one-time only

P

 

PAL

Phase Alternating Line

PAN

Personal Area Network

PBS

Public Broadcasting Service (United States)

PCMCIA

Personal Computer Memory Card International Association card

PCS

1) Portable Communication System; 2) Personal Communications Service

PDA

Personal Data Assistant

PDF

Portable Document Format

PI

per-inquiry advertising

PICC

Prescribed Interexchange Charge

PM

Production Manager

POTS

Plain Old Telephone Service

PPV

pay-per-view

PSA

public service announcement

P2P

peer-to-peer

prep

pre-production

PSTC

Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit (Canada)

PTAR

Prime Time Access Rule (United States)

Q

 

QoS

Quality of Service

R

 

RAM

Random Access Memory

RCA

Radio Corporation of America

RF

radio frequency

ROS

run-of-schedule

RSS

Really Simple Syndication

S

 

SAG

Screen Actors Guild (United States)

SAR

Specific Absorption Rate

SDTV

Standard Definition Television

SEC

Securities and Exchange Commission (United States)

SGML

Standard Generalized Markup Language

SHVIA

Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act of 1999 (United States)

SLC

subscriber line charge

SMATV

Satellite Master Antenna Television

SMPTE

Society of Motion Picture Television Engineers

SMRB

Simmons Market Research Bureau

SMTP

Simple Mail Transfer Protocol

SPW

spots per week

SRC

Societe Radio-Canada (French language service of the CBC)

SSID

Service Set Identifier

STV

subscription television

SVGA

Super Video Graphics Array

syndex

syndication exclusivity

Synfin

Syndication financial interest (United States; repealed by FCC in 1996).

T

 

TAP Plan

Total-Audience-Plan

TCP/IP

Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol suite

TEDCO

Toronto Economic Development Corporation

TELNET

TELetype NETwork

TF

Telefilm Canada

3G

Third-Generation Wireless Communications Technology

TIFF

Toronto International Film Festival

TKIP

Temporal Key Integrity Protocol

TMN

The Movie Network (Canada)

T.O.

Toronto, Ontario

TPA

Television Programs of America

TRS

Telecommunications Relay Service

TSE

Toronto Stock Exchange

TSN

Total Sports Network (Canadian cable network)

TVB

Television Advertising Bureau

U

 

UHF

Ultra High Frequency

UNESCO

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UR

Uruguay Round

URL

1) Universal Resource Locator; 2) Uniform Resource Locator

V

 

VGA

Video Graphics Array

VHF

Very High Frequency

VLAN

Virtual Local Area Network

VoIP

Voice over Internet Protocol

VPH

viewers per viewing household

VPN

Virtual Private Network

VPVH

viewers per viewing household

VR

virtual reality

W

 

WAG

Working Actors Group (Canada)

WAN

Wide Area Network

WAP

Wireless Application Protocol

WEP

Wired Equivalent Privacy

WIC

1) WIPO Copyright Treaty 2) Western International Corporation

Wi-Fi

Wireless Fidelity

Wi MAX

Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access

WIPO

World Intellectual Property Organization

WLAN

Wireless Local Area Network

WML

Wireless Markup Language

WPA

Wi-Fi Protected Access

W3C

World Wide Web Consortium

WTO

World Trade Organization

X

 

XCU

extreme close up

XLS

extreme long shot

XML

Extensible Markup Language

 


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