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Survey Shows Wide Opposition to Two-Tier OTA Television

The Canadian Media Guild has published the results of a survey that show 84% of respondents opposed to a plan that will create a two-tier system for over-the-air television signals (some will have it, others won't). The survey was conducted in Kamloops, which stands to lose its OTA signal in […]

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July 30, 2009 1 comment News

The Era of Free TV Coming to an End

Since the debut of broadcast television in this country more than 50 years ago, millions of Canadians have grown to expect free access to local television signals.  While the mechanism for accessing those ad or taxpayer supported broadcasts has evolved from rooftop antennae to cable and satellite distribution, access has consistently been free (cable obviously charges for access but it does not pay for carriage of local signals). My technology law column this week (Toronto Star version, Ottawa Citizen version, homepage version) noted that Canada's broadcast regulator has issued a decision that will bring the era of free local television to an end for many Canadians. Whether through the elimination of local over-the-air broadcasts or via additional cable or satellite charges to cover a new fee-for-carriage system, free is out and new fees are in.

The changes are the result of two policy decisions by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.  First, the CRTC set the ground rules for the digital transition of Canadian broadcasting by determining that many Canadian communities are likely to lose their over-the-air signal as part of the change.

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July 17, 2009 31 comments Columns

The Free TV Era Comes to an End

Appeared in the Toronto Star on July 13, 2009 as Free, over-the-air TV fades to black Appeared in the Ottawa Citizen on July 14, 2009 as The era of free television has gone the way of rabbit-ears Since the debut of broadcast television in this country more than 50 years […]

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July 17, 2009 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive