Okay what is a Category C service?The licensee shall operate as a Category 2 specialty service until 1 September 2011 and thereafter as a Category C service.
9. As noted in Broadcasting Regulatory Policy 2009-562, until the regulatory revisions required to fully implement the policies set out in Broadcasting Public Notice 2008-100 come into effect, new entrants are being licensed as Category 2 services. The Commission will shortly be issuing a notice of consultation setting out the proposed regulatory revisions to implement the policies set out in Broadcasting Public Notice 2008-100. In that notice of consultation, competitive Canadian mainstream sports and national news specialty services will be designated as Category C services.
Are you suggesting that they will have a hard time getting carriage- I doubt it!Quebecor now has to try and get carriage.
As part of CKXT's license, they are allowed to show news programming and in many threads on this site since Sun TV News has been announced this has been discussed to death... could they do it, yes, will they do it, long term no because they want to get out of the OTA business, but short term they may do it to maintain the low channel allotment and give people a free preview, then when they do shutdown CKXT people who have become acustomed to the station will say WTF and demand it either be included in a package or sub...Would they be allowed to simulcast Sun TV news on Sun TV without a separate licence? It would be a good way for them to give a sneak peek at the channel in hopes of attracting subscribers in the future.
So from that, it sounds like they're going to just either rebroadcast, or shut down Sun TV entirely.Run by Quebecor's TVA Group and Sun Media divisions, the new right-leaning network will replace the over-the-air Sun TV station in Toronto and have its headquarters there.
There is no question that SunTV's days are numbered... the only question is when they will shutdown the OTA station and if they will use it as a temporary rebroadcast...From the CBC story:
So from that, it sounds like they're going to just either rebroadcast, or shut down Sun TV entirely.
They just got a standard category 2 license, it's up to them and the BDUs to figure out where to put it now. The other news networks will be in a similar boat when the licenses change over (protection in that segment of the market is going away).So will they be on a level playing field with the likes of the other news networks like what they were fighting for or will they be stuck in the corner of some obscure digital cable package that almost no one subscribes to?
I really hope they keep their OTA stuff going with their news format and look to the future at expanding out west OTA. I know this is highly unlikely however.