Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Toronto, Canada
Simsubs are a low-calorie substitute for a Subway sandwich ... Enjoy!
If you were watching the CBS channel and not Global, you got what Shaw wanted you to get; the message that you shouldn't watch the US channels during a simsub. You don't have a US channel when it is being simsubbed.
However, not all simsubs are created equal ... there are times when the US channel that is being simsubbed may have a slightly better picture, or even slightly louder sound quality that makes watching it unavoidable. Still, you must be ready to switch over to the Canadian station during the last commercial break to avoid problems (or even sooner if you noticed that the simsub has not taken effect yet, or was temporarily cancelled for some reason).
Now that there are so many shows starting at 1 or even 2 minutes past the hour to keep US viewers from switching over to see the start of other programs, the simsub issue is even more dangerous and annoying. There will be so many "forced" errors occurring, that you will eventually learn your lesson and record from or watch the inferior Canadian stations, merely to get the show in its entirety (or at least as close to that as possible after a few cuts are made to add in more commercial time to the Canadian versions).
Yes, we all know that Canadians are suckers and that the CRTC will turn a blind eye to our complaints, however, in the Kingdom of the Blind leading the Blind, the creature with one eye is King! The CRTC has one eye closed and one eye opened, making sure that the TV stations are taken care of and that the viewers are given the "stink-eye."
There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. Shaw Direct is controlling transmission.
If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper.
We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity.
For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set.
You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to... The Outer Limits.
You have been punked!