*edit* Holy smokes, in the time it took me to write this post, there were about 5 more before me.. maybe my Q's have been substantially answered, but I'll leave my orig. post below ... *end edit*
So, just for my own clarity here. Lets say I want to watch 24, Fox and Global carry it. So, if my sat provider did not negotiate terms with Global, Global could force the blackout of Fox while they are broadcasting 24?
Another example, Fox and Global carry "House", I assume the answer to my question above would be the same, however what about Showcase who shows older episodes, other seasons, as well as new episodes of House? Global could force the blackout of that too?
When I first saw this on the news today, I was very upset because there was no mention of the "must carry" and its waiver. Then again why would that come up on a CTV news report - they wouldn't want the public to know that they have had a "must carry" and priority placement all this time.
How's this for an extra twist - who is going to pay for the blackouts of all these shows - that is going to be at least a job or two, maybe some new equipment - if Global is going to enter negotiations, fail in them, then ask for shows to be blacked out -- shouldn't they have to compensate the cable co for this extra work?