The Canadian Copyright Act gives Canadian TV providers the right to retransmit local Canadian and American OTA stations without a fee. They pay a small timeshifting royalty into various funds that is distributed directly to the content producers. (not to the stations.)Does Shaw pay the owner of USA channels to distribute their signal, e.g. WDIV Detroit NBC?
I should clarify that they don't necessarily have to rely on OTA to receive they signal. They can use fibre or satellite for transport.The US network channels come in so well via Shaw Direct that I assumed the signals were picked up in the same way local US TV stations obtain the signal.
When I grew up in Halifax, the US channels we received were sent over by Microwave tower from Bangor, Maine. By the late eighties, the cable company finally got a CBS network (via Satellite from Detriot). Suddenly we were seeing "big city" newscasts with "if it bleeds, it leads." Fox (from Rochester) did not arrive until the digital channel boom of January 1995. Here we met Jim "The Hammer" Shapiro and his down your throat ads.The US network channels come in so well via Shaw Direct that I assumed the signals were picked up in the same way local US TV stations obtain the signal. I remember the days when local US channels were picked up by a cable company TV antenna. Not the greatest quality, especially if the source was quite distant from the receiving TV antenna.