In a free market, customers should have choice and receive value for the money they spend. The current Cable providers dump a large number of channels in their base package that have very low value and charge a significant amount whenever you select an additional package. Again in these additional packages there are few channels of any interest. So, for the amount paid to the Cable provider there is very little value.
Sadly, if you scratch below the surface you will see that this funding is OVER SEVEN YEARS resulting in a modest 25 Million per year for the entire country. The CRTC must enforce much much higher Canadian content quotas or perhaps suggest to Rogers et al that they should not be in this business. You simply cannot suck and blow at the same time. Furthermore, the CBC should be looked upon as a service not a profit centre … that makes no sense.
Does the CBC leadership believe that leaving signal distribution to BDUs will be efficient in the long run? Perhaps they would get some new revenue in carriage fees now. In the USA, there are frequent disputes between Cable and Satellite companies over carriage fee rates that often result in in local channels being dropped until they accept the new reduced rate from the Cable or Satellite conglomerate. In the long term the CBC would lose control of distribution in return for a stream of carriage fees that will become more and more narrow as the TV universe expands. The CBC seeking carriage rates from BDUs is a short-sighted move.
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Do you agree that the CRTC should require distributors to offer all channels, other than the ones that come with the basic service, on a pick-and-pay basis? There are a lot of channels that I want that only come in a package, and those packages are outside of my budget. I would probably spend more if I could pick specific channels and keep those choices within my budget. Placing a ceiling on what TV providers can charge for a basic package forces them to raise prices on options offered.
- Her 6 OTA channels are the perfect fit for her; we get them clearly and it’s easy for her to use her TV .
- We will gladly continue to watch the commercials.
- I am in favour of Option B, prohibiting Simsubs during live event programming.
- So while you may help people who live in large metropolitan areas you do not address the many issues that rural seniors are faced with.
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My concern would be that if basic networks were not included then the companies would gouge consumers when these channels are purchased separately leading to an increase in most Canadians’ monthly cable bill. The price of the basic package should be $20/month or less. This makes it accessible for all while still requiring enough payment to support the needs of the providers, creators, and distributors. French and English should be selectable, or bilingual, all for the same price with a small charge for bilingual . Yes, citizens should be able to pick-n-pay just the channels they want and not the rest of the clutter. However it won’t take the cable companies very long to jack the individual channel prices up to the point it will be cheaper to buy the ‘packaged’ groupings.
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I’m not alone in this as I have three family members , who have done the same thing plus several neighbours. I can see all programming centalized to Toronto for “cost savings” and the great diversity of our country becomes the voice of the big smoke. A quick search shows the most likely winner is 3). According to Wikipedia the cost of the digital transition in Canada is comparable to just launching one satellite. The mere act of considering whether to allow TV broadcasters to shut down antennas has to rank among the most ill-advised initiatives by the CRTC ever in its history. In fact they should also be forced to turn any licences that they are sitting on because clearly they have no interest in launching those channels or else they would have by now.
Whatever new policy options are pursued, I hope that efforts will be made to improve the variety of programming available to Canadians at a reasonable cost. Leave it alone…..it’s a Global over the internet product and you need a internet service to access so all Canadian internet suppliers are profiting by peoples use. I stand against the destruction of our public broadcasting system and urge people to voice their concerns to the CRTC which is there to protect and serve the public. I’m not sure if this is the most appropriate forum for raising accessibility concerns, but I have no problem with increasing the amount of described video programming.
In fact I’ll turn my antenna further south and Canadian TV will lose me as a viewer entirely. 1) I do not believe that OTA should be shut down. Forcing cable subscriptions on people is unfair. If a station owner cannot afford to maintain their business, then they go out of business.
It does not benefit ALL Canadians and certainly doesn’t benefit me. These are the only words I can gather to describe how I feel about your proposals to shake up the Canadian television broadcasting system. I feel that the proposal to create a basic local cable or satellite package and the proposal to allow local stations to shutdown their transmitters contravene the Canadian Broadcasting Act and the Canadian Competition Act. I think there’s far too much vertical integration with the companies involved, so it seems to be an “easy out” for the major BDUs to claim they lose money on running these transmitters. Some of the greatest and most innovative Canadian programming was created and produced on one legendary local station – CITY TV in Toronto. Under Moses Znaimer, CITY fostered unique shows and original content that anyone with an antenna could watch.
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OTA broadcasting is outdated, and the CRTC shouldn’t force Bell and others to keep their transmitters on the air. Also cable-only stations should NOT get any priviliges they get now . There are probably millions of Canadians, who cross border shop (U.S.) and, vacation – they buy cheaper American gas and, other items when shopping there – the gas stations and other stores, don’t pay taxes, or have offices in Canada either. I am not sure if the Government can do anything to lower the costs, as they always do, these companies will simply make up the difference with some fee or another to keep their profits flowing. If Canadian transmitters are allowed to shut off, that will leave only foreign tv on the air, resulting in almost zero Canadian content for anyone getting tv OTA.
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