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A friend of mine recently cancelled his Bell Satellite subscription. I went to visit him last week and he told me he still gets certain channels even though he cancelled.

Some of the channels he still gets are TVA, Radio Canada, free preview channels. He might get more but these were some of most notable ones.

We live in northwestern Quebec.

Is this normal? Is he getting these because they are also free OTA?

He does not have an OTA antenna.

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I've seen this happen before when channels are on free preview. He is probably getting them because they were on free preview and didn't get cancelled as part of the account disconnection. They will most likely disappear when the free preview ends.
 

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possibly ya. i remember one of my receivers was disabled. and all I could get was free preview channels, so im guessing free preview channels possibly could be picked up by an inactive receiver.
 

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I thought that by law Bell had to offer certain local channels for free like the OTA channels.

I will get back to him and see if he still has the channels.

Thanks!

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There are no mandatory free channels in Canada. I know of no BDU that offers them. There was a free service from Shaw Direct but that expired. Some BDUs have free barker channels that are used for advertising and installation.
 

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I believe shaw direct satellite has:
CTV2 Alberta Standard Def unscrambled as this channel used to be Access Alberta Educational TV.
Barker Channel 299
There may be others.
I think maybe Northern Legislature channel.
Maybe CITY TV Saskatchewan (used to be Provincial Educational Channel)
 

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The CTV2 situation is probably a technical oversight on Shaw's part. I'm not surprised considering some of the technical blunders they did when I was a customer. There may be others but none that I've seen on Rogers, Shaw or Bell or heard of elsewhere. It's typically just one or two barker channels for dish alignment and testing.
 

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As far as I know CBC is free in Canada either by OTA or by streaming. Live tv or on demand content can be accessed using CBC app.
 

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I find the restrictions placed on streaming CBC channels to be quite draconian. It's nothing like using a PVR to record from OTA or a BDU and playing it back. I tried watching a streamed show from CBC once. It was quite erratic and too annoying to be bothered trying again. It's too bad the CBC shut down most of their OTA transmitters. It's probably driven a lot of Canadians to watch US stations and services instead.
 
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