Yep, there's a station in LA that does that as well. I'm not saying it would work in every market, but if the expenses are lower than the advertising revenues it may be possible for LD stations to make a go of it running several 2nd or 3rd rate networks on sub-channels as their only programming.
While the first notion we think of with LD stations is moldy oldie reruns of American hits, there is a much bigger strategic audience available as well, particularly in areas of Canada with large ethnic communities. For example, in the B.C. Lower Mainland an LD station with 24 hour sub-channels in Punjabi, Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic, Filipino, and Persian would probably do well if a CRTC license could be worked out. If not, a border station on U.S. soil doing the same thing but aimed at Canada might be the fall back plan.
So, while sub-channel 1 might be showing Street Legal or The Andy Griffith Show, number 2 might be addressing an ethnic community, number 3 another, number 4 showing a kids show, etc. etc.
If a CRTC license for such a station is not going to happen, just find some U.S. partners and set up on the border.
Last edited by stampeder; 2010-09-02 at 03:27 AM.