The CRTC decides when the LTSS ends, not Shaw

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This is when KvF told us interveners not to fret about diluted OTA coverage in 2011.

Dear Minister Glover,

Shaw announced this week that its Local Television Satellite Solution (LTSS) program will end on August 31, 2019.

Problem is, Shaw doesn’t have the authority to make such a decision. Only the CRTC does.

While it is true that the CRTC requires Shaw to offer the LTSS program until its next licence renewal of August 31, 2019, nowhere in the decision related to the program does it say that the LTSS will end on that date.

The CRTC may very well decide that Shaw should be required to continue offering the LTSS service to Canadians beyond August 31, 2019.

Best,

Steven

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Phase 3 of Let’s Talk TV: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2014-190

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Look how hard the CRTC is workin’ for your TV! Photo credit: CRTC.

Dear Minister Glover,

Long time.

As part of Phase 3 of the CRTC’s “Talk TV” initiative, the Commission is asking Canadians about the value of OTA TV in Canada with respect to access to local TV stations and whether OTA is needed any longer.

The deadline to file a comment is June 25, 2014.

Here is the question they are asking about OTA:

“Q24. Is regulatory intervention necessary to maintain access to local television stations and, if so, how could this best be achieved? Given that the vast majority of Canadians receive television services through a cable or satellite subscription, are there compelling reasons to maintain and support OTA transmission? Would the discontinuation of OTA transmission allow local television stations to devote more resources to programming? If the Commission determines that OTA transmission should no longer be required, under what timeframe should this be implemented?”

Please encourage Canadians to comment here. I suggest OTA TV viewers include specific examples of how OTA TV personally helps them access local TV, and/or, how a lack of OTA TV restrains their access to local TV.

Best,

Steven

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The true value of Super Bowl broadcasts to Canadians

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This is the best spot for my antenna to pick up 29.1 WUTV transmitting from Buffalo.

Dear Minister Glover,

Happy New Year.

The Super Bowl chatter on Twitter of late has prompted this post.

I’m not really an NFL fan though I did wear a Green Bay Packers jacket as a teen that my mom kindly bought for me.

I also don’t particularly enjoy the work of watching TV commercials (regular or Super Bowl).

The reason why I like the Super Bowl and its related live television broadcast (arguably the reason the game exists at all) is because it makes over-the-air television signals visible to Canadians and highlights their value.

The seeking out of live US broadcast signals by Canadians predates the formation of Canada’s own broadcast system. Today, most Canadians watch live American television programming (in addition to Canadian programming) via their cable or satellite subscriptions. However, if a Canadian broadcaster has the rights to air the same US show in Canada, Canadians can’t watch US commercials via their subscriptions thanks to Canadian simultaneous substitution rules. That seems just fine for Canadians most of the time but not when it comes to the Super Bowl broadcast. “It’s a price we pay for having a Canadian broadcast system” is what a CRTC Commissioner might explain.

That a minority of Canadians are able to magically watch American Super Bowl ads over-the-air in HD (legally, for no fee) using an antenna serves to perhaps cause the majority of Canadians who subscribe to cable or satellite to pause and consider their otherwise invisible electromagnetic radio spectrum.

If Canadians can leverage an alternative to locked-down cable, satellite, fixed broadband and/or wireless Internet services for access to ephemeral American Super Bowl television ads once a year, how might they be able to leverage their very own Canadian electromagnetic spectrum for improved access to foreign and domestic television content the rest of the year?

Steven

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Shaw’s Local Television Satellite Solution (LTSS) application period extended for a fourth year

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Dear Minister Glover,

The CRTC has extended the LTSS application period yet again.

Are Canadians aware of this?

Please advise,

Steven

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Last month to apply to Shaw’s Local Television Satellite Solution (LTSS) program

 

 

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Dear Minister Glover,

As you may know, November 2013 is the last month for Canadians to apply to Shaw’s twice extended Local Television Satellite Solution (LTSS).

Please help spread the word so more Canadians can regain access to television.

Regards,

Steven

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Help notify Canadians about Shaw’s Local Television Satellite Solution before November 30, 2013

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Dear Minister Glover,

First, congratulations on your post as the new Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Writing with regards to a little program Shaw unleashed in 2011 as per the CRTC’s approval of its purchase of CanWest Global.

Amongst the horse trading related to the Commission’s approval of the purchase was a promise by Shaw to grant complimentary (provided certain eligibility requirements were met) basic satellite TV to Canadians cut off from access to TV as a result of Canada’s digital television transition.

The program, named the Local Television Satellite Solution (LTSS), has to date been extended twice by the Commission.

The current deadline for LTSS applications is November 30, 2013.

Heralded as a solution to a flawed digital television transition (which it is not), it is nonetheless a tossed bone for Canadians.

Shaw isn’t particularly interested in promoting the LTSS, contributing in part to the program’s past two extensions.

Since I don’t see the CRTC granting Shaw a third extension for the LTSS, please help me inform Canadians about the program.

Please encourage your fellow Canadians to call 1.888.782.7602 and request a free Shaw satellite dish, receiver box, install and basic service.

A user-generated FAQ of sorts related to the LTSS can be found here.

Peace,

Steven

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Research Update

Dear Minister Moore,

I hope this finds you well. I’ve been busy interviewing Canadians for my doctorate since my previous blog post.

I now have plenty of interview audio to transcribe and theorize.

For updates related to my research, please visit this page.

Best,

Steven

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