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post #436 of 442 (permalink) Old 2010-03-23, 10:16 AM
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Maybe we're simply overdue for a culling of television channels, both cable and OTA. We've arrived at a point where there are simply way more television channels than the market can bear, especially during a recession. If we were to lose, say, 25% of our Canadian television channels, that would mean the remaining 75% would have a much better chance of surviving, and possibly thriving.
It's not that the market can bear them (which could be true), it is that there is only so much content created, and what there is, is spread in too many places for my comfort, with CWG/AA the worst for doing that.
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post #437 of 442 (permalink) Old 2010-03-23, 10:24 AM
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How does it benefit Canadians when they bid for these US shows? Almost all Canadians can get these shows from US networks via BDUs or US OTA stations. The only folks that see a benefit are those that only have access to Canadian OTA from commercial networks such as CTV and Global - and the other folks that benefit are those that work for CTV and Global.

Would most Canadians really even care if CTV and Global went off the air today? I doubt it - sure there would be less local news but is it worth keeping these networks alive for local news?

Regarding the UK OTA fees - the situation in Canada is very different than the UK for a couple of reasons. First off, a very large majority of Canadians use BDUs rather than OTA. Secondly, many (most?) Canadians who use OTA can get US stations and the most desirable programming on Canadian stations comes from these US stations. Therefore there is very little to be gained by paying for Canadian commercial networks - CBC is a bit different since they don't rebroadcast US shows.
When a conventional TV station or network buys US programming, they're buying the broadcast rights to that programming in Canada. In turn, BDU's are then carrying the conventional stations for free.

Should conventional stations fail, BDU's can't simply carry US programming without buying the rights to broadcast that programming....

And indeed, CBC does carry some US programming. I see US movies; Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, etc.

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Maybe we're simply overdue for a culling of television channels, both cable and OTA. We've arrived at a point where there are simply way more television channels than the market can bear, especially during a recession. If we were to lose, say, 25% of our Canadian television channels, that would mean the remaining 75% would have a much better chance of surviving, and possibly thriving.
My feeling is that the CRTC should never have allowed the proliferation of channels in the first place. But now that we have so many, you're right: There should be a thinning of the dial.

Channel proliferation has created two issues: (1) Diluted advertising revenue; and (2) diluted programming quality due to smaller budgets. There's only so much production budget available in the industry. When you create more viewing choice, you dilute your audience...and budgets are adjusted accordingly. Add competition from the internet and other forms of entertainment, and the issues are exacerbated.

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I have sent the following to Rogers' Office of the President.

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As has been covered recently in the news, the broadcasters are trying to get cable and satellite subscribers to pay an additional fee to receive their signals, even though those same signals are available at no charge over the air. In general, I find the majority of the shows on the Canadian broadcast channels to be not worth watching. Other than news, there is very little that I watch on the broadcast channels, other than PBS (an American broadcaster). Therefore, should the broadcasters get their wish and place fees on receiving their signal via cable, then I demand the option to delete those stations from my cable package. I do not need those broadcasters and I do not wish to pay for them.
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You won't get anywhere making such demands of BDU's, as the conventional stations are must-carry stations in the regulated basic package. The BDU's have no choice but to carry them. You can't opt out.

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As I understand it, must carry will disappear, should the broadcasters opt for VFS.
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This thread is about LIPF not fee-for-carriage.

I am closing since no one is discussing LIPF
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