Rogers had it on a channel in the 500s when I had their cable service. It doesn't have much new original programming, but has live coverage of launches, landings, space walks, and press conferences.
A launch of a SpaceX unmanned cargo vehicle to the International Space Station had been scheduled for last night, but was delayed by weather. At last word, it had been rescheduled for 1:52 am EDT Sunday morning (or Saturday night depending on your time zone). http://www.space.com/27219-spacex-dr...d-weather.html
On Sunday evening the Maven space probe will be inserting itself into orbit around Mars, although I assume the Nasa TV coverage won't have much that is all that interesting to see, likely just shots of a control room and interviews.
Scheduled for later the same day is a launch of an Ariane 5 to put two satellites in orbit (one is DirecTV-14) from the Guiana Space Centre, with a webcast available at arianespace.tv to begin at 3:23 p.m. EST with launch window being 3:38 to 4:48 p.m.
Here's my opinion on why internet streaming isn't ready for prime time yet.
So this Friday morning my gym schedule coïncided with the reported launch of Orion and I was not about to miss that. So I took the ipad to the gym with me and tuned to the Nasa TV channel (through the Nasa TV app). Well lo-and-behold as the countdown fell below two minutes, the feed started to stutter until it completely froze as the rocket took off. I guess there were too many people climbing on board to watch it.
Quickly I quit the Nasa Tv app and started my trusty old Sling client already tuned to a Nasa TV SD feed (just in case) and there it was, no stuttering.
In my book, internet streaming isn't ready for live events.
The New Horizons probe on its way to Pluto is to be 'awakened' from hibernation tonight (Dec.6) with a webcast to start at 9 p.m. EST, although I would suspect there likely won't be much that would make for exciting viewing. http://www.space.com/17933-nasa-tele...-space-tv.html
Regarding why more cable/satellite/IPTV companies don't carry NasaTV, it is on the CRTC list of approved non-Canadian channels, but it has so little new content that I don't think it would be worth taking up the bandwidth or channel position. It was borderline three or four years ago when it would rotate through a reasonable amount of their archived material. That was then relegated to after midnight, then eliminated, and I think since a government shutdown last year took them entirely off TV and the web for a couple of weeks, they can be repeating the same very small amount of programming for weeks at a time, except when there are the live events like yesterday.
And if you've *never* watched it before, for a while it will be "new". :-)
What irks me though, is saying it's legally not available, when it is. Had both BDU's been honest, and said, "yes, we could carry it but not enough uptake" then at least that would be an honest answer....
Prior to 2007, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) prohibited NASA TV from being aired by local satellite and cable providers within Canada, with the exception of specific broadcast events. Under existing CRTC rules, a cable or satellite provider had to offer a minimum amount of programming from companies owned and operated by Canadians. Additionally, CRTC stated in September 2000 that there simply was not enough room left under the analog television frequency allocation scheme, and standards for dealing with foreign digital television signals had not been finalized. On April 20, 2007, the Commission issued a notice stating that after receiving an initial request from Mountain Cablevision and support from other Canadian broadcasters and members of the public, NASA TV had been added to the lists of eligible satellite services.
A SpaceX cargo vehicle is scheduled to be launched to the International Space Station tomorrow (Tuesday, Jan. 6) at 6:20 a.m. EST, and an attempt will made to land the rocket's first stage on a platform floating in the Atlantic Ocean. http://www.space.com/28156-spacex-da...t-webcast.html