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Television sources => Over The Air (OTA) television => Topic started by: OTAWatcher on August 21, 2014, 08:33 pm

Title: CRTC - Let's talk TV
Post by: OTAWatcher on August 21, 2014, 08:33 pm
The CRTC is having an upcoming hearing in Gatineau, QC starting on September 8th, 2014 which could significantly change television for Canadians.

Full details of items for discussion are available at http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2014/2014-190-3.htm (http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2014/2014-190-3.htm)
but the key proposals to be discussed are as follows:

Although the "pick n' pay" proposals are welcome additions if they get implemented, I am quite worried about the proposal to allow local stations to shut down their transmitter while still keeping the benefit of being on basic service.  If this passes then a significant amount of broadcasters may simply not see the benefit of OTA broadcasting anymore and shut down their transmitter as a cost saving measure.  This simply can't happen and everyone who watches OTA should try to let the CRTC know that they are against this proposal.
Title: Re: CRTC - Let's talk TV
Post by: golf4fun on September 16, 2014, 01:58 pm
Although I do not rely on OTA it is an option I would not want to see reduced or eliminated.

Title: Re: CRTC - Let's talk TV
Post by: OTAWatcher on September 16, 2014, 08:17 pm
The CRTC is allowing the general public to post comments on their website in regards to the following topics:

  • Should local stations be permitted to shut down over-the-air (OTA) transmitters? Local stations would continue to be available on cable or satellite; just not OTA. Cost savings could be redirected to local content production. Do you agree? Why? How would this affect your TV viewing habits?
  • Do you agree that Canadian children’s programming should be considered high-priority programming, like the way dramas, long-form documentaries and music and variety shows are today? Why? How else can the CRTC and broadcasters support Canadian children’s programming?
  • Do you agree that requirements to show Canadian programs during the day should be lifted, while requirements to show Canadian programs in the evening are maintained? Why? Would this affect your viewing habits? If so, how?

Deadline for comment submission is September 19th, 2014 so make sure you get your post your comments in before then at: http://consultation.crtc.gc.ca/en/consultation/19/fostering-local-and-canadian-programming
There's already 8 pages of comments so far but the more people who comment the better.
Title: Re: CRTC - Let's talk TV
Post by: joshua minaya on January 20, 2015, 06:08 am
For the pick n pay option why are they forcing Canadians to view more Canadian channels than non-Canadian channels. I feel they should be a little more flexible than that.
Title: Re: CRTC - Let's talk TV
Post by: mairj23 on March 24, 2015, 03:54 pm
Pick and Pay channels are always pricey as you're choosing, only the channels that you want, so there is a premium. OTA TV is cheap, just buy an antenna, you'll be able to get the major networks of ABC, NBC, and CBS. The quality of shows are boring though.