Archive for the ‘CRTC’ Category

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CRTC – Here we go again!

March 15, 2007

On March 27th the CRTC will be hearing arguments from different television license holders in order to decide which channel should be in the basic packages offered by Cable and Satelite companies. The Contenders are channels such as the weather network, Newsworld and YTV. They would like the CRTC to guarantee them a spot along with the CBC, TVA, CTV, Global, and some others that I con’t name right now.

Can someone please tell me why I need to have any channel forced down my throat when subscribing to cable or satelite… Why can’t we pick the channels that we want to watch. Its not like having these makes me watch them, it only gives me more channels to surf over when trying to find something to watch from those channels that I did want on my dial.

What we need as a country is for citizen/consumers to be treated as adults, with the ability to watch TV that we want with little or no interference from burocratic entities created by Ottawa.

ok…end of rant.

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Goodbye rural Canada – So asks the CBC

March 14, 2007

The CBC has asked the CRTC the right to stop the broadcasting their analogue signal to Rural Canada. I guess that some technocrat up at the CBC made a calculation that proves that they could save X amount of money if this was done. Whether or not maney could be saved, I am shocked but not surprised that they would want to do such a thing.

The CBC needs a wake-up call. I hope that we will see a re-vamping of the CBC, where they will be set-up in a PBS like system of commercial free television.  The CBC’s need to make money and to compete for commercial reevenues has forced the CBC to lose its soul. How could they even consider such a thing, as to cut-off rural Canada. If the CBC leaves, so will everyone else. Its their duty to broadcast coast-to-coast and its their main redemption that Canada still believes that the CBC means something. Why go and shoot yourself in the foot, by acting like CTV or Global.

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The future of television

February 24, 2007

We are seeing more and more media companies coming online and using the tools of the Internet to find new ways of communicating with audiences. Some of these have been online for a whiles, and others have finally given in to the reality. The cbc this week used google maps to show the audience where they found unsafe levels o mercury in Canned tuna and to what extent from brand to brand.

Although this is no big deal from an online point of view, this does go to show how the mainstream media is embracing new online tools. But the real future still remains the ever elussive integration between the online world and the television world. IPTV looks very promising in this regard, but needs lots of major improvements on the network end before this is feasable.

You also have companies like Joost looking to broadcast content online within its own proprietary environment. Viacom earlier this week announced deal where Joost would be broadcasting their properties. So we are seeing some movement towards the online world from our traditional tv broadcasters.

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What we also need to consider from a Canadian perspective, is that most of our networks are basicaly re-broadcasting American content. Once we go online, will they keep us from accessing CBS, ABC or NBC directly from our Canadian IP addresses or will the Canadian industry actually have to start making some of its own content. For an example of this, log on the SURVIVOR in the usa and try to watch an archived show, or go to MTV and try their broadband section and see what happens… obviously this post only aplies to people living in Canada.

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Hands up and drop that remote control!

February 23, 2007

RCMP officers raided a Montreal business that was selling illegal American satelite TV signals to Canadian residents. They have confirmed that they will be persuing the clients and pressing charges as this is an illegal activity in Canada. Although we can walk down to the corner magazine outlet an buy any newspaper we want, we are not aloud in Canada to subscribe to satelite services that do not hold a licence in Canada.

People in Canada have been stealling and or buying american signals since these the begining of time and have done so because the offering here in Canada seems a bit sparse when compared to our american neighbours. I am not going to get into a whole debate over the CRTC’s “raison d’être” but I am interested by the fact that, until now, what was a safe crime in Canada with little chance of prosecution, seems to have come to an end.

Before putting handcuffs on Grand-ma maybe it would make sense to let Canadians know that we won’t stand for this anymore.