: Super Bowl 2007 General Topics
2007-02-02, 12:07 PM
A couple of passages jump out at me from the article.
Substituting the U.S. signal with a Canadian one and airing Canadian, not American, commercials, the federal agency chides, "is done to bring millions of advertising dollars back into the Canadian broadcasting system. Advertising revenues are also what enable Canadian broadcasters to bring you programming such as the Super Bowl."
The unwritten but underlying premise of this statement is that somehow Canadians wouldn't have access to this programming were it not for the Canadian broadcaster buying the rights. I don't know if this was ever true with respect to the conventional networks, but it most certainly isn't now.
What percentage of the Canadian television audience has neither cable nor satellite, and lives far enough away from the US border to not receive OTA feeds of US signals, and can still get an OTA signal from Global/CTV/CityTV? It has got to be a pretty damned low number, and one that makes the accessibility argument a farce. Bottom line is that there is very little offered up by these conventional networks that we wouldn't get if they didn't exist.
Had the CTRC said "Look, the ad revenue from this helps to fund local news and what blessed little original programming Canadians actually put out, while at the same time lining the pockets of privately held Canadian corportations and shareholders" then at least that would have more an air of truth to it.
The other quote:
There will be no fancy Canadian commercials that have never been seen before on Global during the Super Bowl, Williams said, noting "that's an American tradition, not a Canadian one."
Is this because Canadians don't wish to partake of this "American tradition", or because Canadian broadcasters and the CRTC don't wish it for us? Oh, wait... let's let the CRTC answer that one for us:
The hue and cry is so intense every year at about this time that the CRTC even posted a Q&A on its website yesterday explaining why Canadians are denied the privilege of taking in some of the most expensive commercials ever made.
Sounds like someone is mistaking that "hue and cry" for a "ticker-tape parade" of support, doesn't it?!
2007-02-02, 01:09 PM
Folks with Videotron, rejoice and others crash people's SuperBowl HD parties on Videotron HD if you want to see the US commercials.
People that live in the Videotron physical territory should forward this PDF announcement to BEV and threaten to leave. Maybe that will wake them up.
2007-02-02, 02:52 PM
People that live in the Videotron physical territory should forward this PDF announcement to BEV and threaten to leave. Maybe that will wake them up.Is the decision up to BEV? I thought that if they carry Global then they have to simsub if Global wants them to - I don't know but I am guessing that Videotron does not carry Global so the simsub rule doesn't apply to them.
2007-02-02, 03:13 PM
Videotron carries Global in Both SD and HD. They simply choose not to comply with Global's unreaonable demands because Global has no HD station in Montreal. Since Global doesnt have an HD station in Vancouver, BEV "should" keep the West Seattle CBS-HD feed intact but they probably won't (they didnt last year :mad: :( )
2007-02-02, 07:57 PM
More on this: http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?p=501853#post501853
2007-02-02, 08:19 PM
Canadian firms boost ad budget for Super Bowl - New commercials to be rolled out (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070202.wxrbowlads02/BNStory/Business/home)
A critical mass of firms such as Labatt Brewing Co. Ltd., LG Electronics and PepsiCo Inc. have each created specific spots for Canada this year.
The increased focus on Canada may not be enough to satisfy the large number of Canadians who register complaints with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission each year, asking for the U.S. Super Bowl feed to be allowed into Canada instead of the simulcast.
2007-02-02, 10:29 PM
Whomever added the "Title" to my post #51 should also add a few question marks at the end of it... as in:
"BEV providing US HD game feeds ???"
It is in no way certain that BEV will be doing this (as opposed to Videotron who took out a press release in which case, for them, it IS certain).
2007-02-03, 05:03 PM
2007-02-03, 08:34 PM
This is the official NFL policy:
NFL PARTY RULES
For groups that want to host Super Bowl parties -- other than sports bars and businesses that normally show televised sports -- here are rules the NFL says must be followed:
• No admission fees (even to pay for snacks).
• Only one television (55 inches or smaller).
• No use of the words "Super Bowl" in promotional materials.
• No exhibition of the game in connection with events "that promote a message."
2007-02-03, 09:35 PM
Relax. No limit on TV size for "private gatherings" in a home. See here. (http://www.slate.com/id/2158874/)
Also note, the 55" limit isn't specifically an NFL rule. Apparently it's part of US copyright law. Go figure.
2007-02-04, 01:38 AM
Anybody notice during Global's SNL broadcast that they keep pushing "Watch on Rogers channel 515" in regards to the superbowl...
Tell me why Global would need to specify and stress "channel 515" if they're going to simsub over CBS? Makes me think theres a chance rogers wouldn't guarentee it.
2007-02-04, 09:26 PM
Prince sucks. Who ever thought this guy would keep my eyes on the TV?
2007-02-04, 10:18 PM
I've been trying to watch the game online, and when it wasn't hijacked for a bit on my HDTV, and now I realize it's the 4th quarter already, with the score 22-17, and I can't remember too many key moments of this game, because my mind is so occupied with dealing with the frustration of these simsubs.
Thanks CRTC, Global, and Rogers for ruining SuperBowl 41 and the playoffs for me.
2007-02-04, 11:40 PM
About the game itself:
1) What a brutal performance by Grossman. Worst coaching move ever has to be not making the QB switch partway through the third quarter when the game was still winnable.
2) Manning as the MVP? Are you kidding me? He was, at the very best, average. Addai and Rhodes were the offensive force behind the win. You might give the MVP to Bob Sanders, but the best choice (IMO) had to be Rhodes with Addai the second choice.
3) Winning as "christian" coach? I have no issue with being devotedly religious, but I have often tried to reconcile how God can be on one sideline or the other. In this case, I found the particular comment by Dungy offensive because it translates as being critical of others with different faiths.
4) Lovie Smith giving up. You're down by two scores with two minutes left. Enough time to score and get an onside kick. The odds may not be in your favour, but to run those little dump passes and running plays? That's giving up.
Depsite a seemingly close score, not a good Super Bowl. Even in a off year when the Grey Cup is just an average game, you get even less out of the NFL Championship. They really need to go back to the one week break. Teams are in rythym and you get a better game out of the deal.
Granted, I'm no "expert", but I think everyone (except Grossman, it would seem) knows that if you throw the ball 30 yards downfield, but also 20 yards up in the air, there isn't a defence in the league that's NOT going to pick off those passes.
All the Bears needed was for Grossman not to stink up the joint, and instead, he crapped the bed and then lofted the sheets way up in the air so everyone could get a good strong whiff.
For some reason, his teammates love him.....now they should absolutely hate him because he really is the only reason they lost. Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson, Doug Williams - those guys would have carried the Bears to the winner's circle simply because they knew how NOT to kill your team.
As for Prince - why isn't the FCC all over him and CBS for that silhouette on the giant bed sheet of him standing there with an upturned "crank" with an arrow on the end? (Oh wait....that was just his guitar? Yeah.....sure - that's what it was supposed to be....surrrre it was. :rolleyes: )
But kudos to the li'l dude for not falling off those high-heeled purple pumps he was sporting! Not all guys can walk around so effortlessly in 4" heels!
2007-02-05, 10:47 PM
NEW YORK - Peyton Manning had a lot of witnesses to his soggy super win, with the estimated 93.2 million viewers representing the second most-watched Super Bowl broadcast ever. (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070206/ap_en_tv/super_bowl_ratings;_ylt=Ar5j5O0WvbJNSc4iBmyK3UhpMhkF;_ylu=X3 oDMTBjMHVqMTQ4BHNlYwN5bnN1YmNhdA--)
2007-02-06, 12:07 PM
Nuje: While Grossman certainly didn't help Da Bears one iota their defence didn't exactly do much better. Just look at the time of possession:
Time Of Pos. 38:04 Colts : 21:56 Bears
Whatever! Time of possession / schmossession.
The fact remains that with 12 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the Bear defence had kept the Colts within 5 points. All Rexy-boy had to do was engineer one decent drive, and what does he do? Throws an interception that goes for six the other way. Then next time out, finds a guy open, but lofts a rainbow that even I could have run under for the INT!
If the Bears aren't making quarterback "contingency" plans for next year, they're in for disappointment again.
2007-02-06, 10:37 PM
Time of posession also reflects the fact that the passing game could not generate a first down. The Bear defence was on field the whole time because the Bear offence was offensive.