Please explain the failure.
I believe that I already have. But if I am mistaken, I will be glad to learn something new from your further responses or from others.
Shaw Direct is providing the US networks to their paying subscribers. If a network affiliate chooses to preempt the network programming for a local event such as the Detroit Lions game, is SD not obligated to provide the ABC network program?
1. The US feeds they are providing are for specific stations. The CRTC approve the carriage of specific stations on Canadian BDU's.
2. The local program is the one that Shaw Direct advertized on their program guide.
3. If SD are obligated to show a generic east coast feed please provide the reference for the obligation.
4. SD were providing the ABC network programming on the mandatory carriage OTA Canadian network, so no paying subscribers could possibly be missing out.
5. What is the ABC east generic feed and where can it be found?
Separate from that question, SD could not allow the ESPN telecast with ESPN commercials to be shown when TSN has the rights to show the game here in Canada.
1. If a simsub were to be imposed then, it logically follows that, TSN 1/3/4/5 HD is what should have been competently simsubbed over ABC Detroit.
2. Eventually SD did show the NFL on ABC Detroit, and carried the raw feed from ABC Detroit without TSN commercials. It would seem that Canadian NFL commercial rights protection was therefore not the rationale.
I remain convinced it was simple incompetence, as per my original post.