They aren't prohibiting the use of sub-channels, they are just heavily regulaing the use of them. In Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2002-31 they say:Anyone know why the CRTC will not allow digital sub-channels, is it a technology issue or something else?! I am not really versed on this whole issue but I know that it is allowed in the US and broadcasters are making use of it so what's the reason for not allowing it here?!
I interpret this as meaning they wouldn't want a weather channel, an all news channel, a music channel, a movie channel or a sports channel as they would duplicate existing specialty services.The Commission's predisposition will be to license new and innovative multicast services, in preference to those that duplicate existing over-the-air services, pay or specialty services.
Exactly. People often assume that because it is included in basic cable it is free, but actually the fee is included in your cable bill. The same is true for all of the cable channels in basic service (including The Weather Network, CTV NewsNet, and whichever sports channel is included by your provider).But the CBC gets paid if you subscribe to Newsworld - why should they give it away for free?
So what you are saying is that you want cable/sat subscribers to subsidize these channels for you (and other OTA only households)? Why don't we also pay a little bit extra for our flat screen TVs so that you can get yours free!I'd like to have CBC Newsworld and CTV Newsnet as OTA sub-channels. Apart from re-encoding the broadcast signals and providing a feed from the 'specialty' channel, the rest is a no-brainer (except for CRTC approval..).
CBC Newsworld is not funded by taxpayer dollars. From the Wikipedia:tenstu said:And it is funded by my tax dollars far more than it is living off of subscriber fees.
The source for that statement is Decision CRTC 2000-3. See the "Separate accounting" section (24-26).Newsworld is funded by cable subscriber fees and commercial advertising. Unlike the CBC's main television network, the channel cannot directly benefit from the corporation's public funding from Canadian taxpayers, although it does benefit from synergies with other CBC services.
Depending on how you count the CBC can be a lot more of your channel choices, although the programming is repetitive. I appear to get 7 CBC affliates in SD plus one in HD. Then there is Newsworld in both SD and HD. And Bold (formerly Country Canada) is also a CBC channel. And then there are the SRC channels. If you count this way I think that more than 1% of my choices today are the CBC.One of the things I find fascinating is that for years conventional broadcasters complained about the dilution of viewers due to all these new cable channels.
When I was a kid, we had 11 channels on cable so CBC was 9.1% of my choices, CTV was 9.1% etc.
On cable today, that number is way lower - may 3% each on most analog cable packages, probably close to 1% of digital cable packages.
Meanwhile on OTA, CBC and CTV represents about 4% of my choices. By adding a subchannel like Newsworld or Newsnet, it would be about 8%, almost fully back to the 1970s landscape.