I think we can all agree that no one here like simsubs and that Shaw Direct has a financial incentive to simsub Global wherever possible. I have read some legitimate complaints in this thread, that would have merit if brought to the CRTC's attention. However, the sad truth is that Global Toronto is a valid simsub for most of the population of Ontario. Toronto, Ottawa, Midland, Paris and Stevenson Global transmitters are all under the CIII callsign and cover most of Ontario east of Lake Huron. DHC'er Emerald_Boar has previously posted links to the published transmission contours:
If your home is within the outer solid line of any of the above maps (or the northern dotted line in the Toronto/Barrie map as channel 7 Midland has also been converted), then Shaw Direct has a legal duty to simsub Global in HD and SD. While many feel that these coverage maps are optimistic, they are what is on file and approved with the CRTC. Global has also received approval for a digital transmitter in the Peterborough/Cobourg area, so they will be allowed to simsub there when it goes online.
The reason CTV is only simsubbed in the GTA, is that Kitchener and Ottawa are separate CTV stations with different callsigns. Since Shaw Direct doesn't carry these stations in HD, they only need to simsub in SD.
The following would be examples of valid complaints:
-Global HD simsubs in Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Elliot Lake, etc
-Global HD simsubs in Peterborough
-CTV HD NOT being simsubbed in Peterborough or Toronto (I don't think anyone would complain about this
Also, my understanding of simsub rules is that BDUs are REQUIRED to simsub households in their OTA area, if requested. Maybe there is a provision that ALLOWS them to simsub other folks, as part of a negotiation between BDU and broadcaster. I'd like to see the text PROHIBITING simsubs for viewers outside of the OTA footprint - it may not exist.
I don't like 'em either, but them's the rules.