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So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
Huge orange flying boat rises off a lake / Thousand-year-old petroglyphs doing a double take / Pointing a finger at eternity / I'm sitting in the middle of this ecstasy
— Bruce Cockburn, Wondering Where the Lions Are
May 1, 2009
Regulating the Cable Companies

Canada’s national networks, the ones that broadcast over the air on public airwaves, has been lobbying the CRTC to, in essence, be treated as specialty channels. They want to collect a direct fee from cable subscribers, just as TSN and other cable only channels do.

The difference is that TSN doesn’t use the airwaves: they haven’t been given any spectrum. TSN and the other specialty channels aren’t available though an antenna. Traditional networks are.

That argument has been falling on largely deaf ears until now, and this seems to mark a shift in strategy, though it’s a bit unclear to me how regulating the amount that Shaw Cable charges customers is going to help the networks.

Television is dead. The revolution is over, and the proceedings can be found on this very internet. The networks haven’t figured out how to make money on it yet, and regulating your cable bill isn’t going to help.

CTVglobemedia wants CRTC to look at cable rates
Paul Vieira, Financial Post, Published: Thursday, April 30, 2009

Broadcasters need more funds to keep ‘status quo,’ CRTC told
Local programming has to be subsidized: Canwest’s CEO
Local-based TV at ‘tipping point’: CTV
Carriage fees called ‘a matter of survival’

GATINEAU, QUE. CTVglobemedia Inc.’s chief executive, Ivan Fecan, said Thursday it might be time for the CRTC to step in and start regulating cable rates again because cable and satellite operators are holding households “hostage” and threaten the livelihood of local TV programming.

Mr. Fecan’s comments were before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, as the Toronto broadcaster seeks the renewal of its TV licence on a special one-year basis, as opposed to the usual seven-year term, due to the financial crisis.

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