Shaw Direct planning to “terminate” its no-fee Local Television Satellite Solution (LTSS) August 31, 2019

Homemade LTSS sign in a New Brunswick corner store.

Homemade LTSS sign in New Brunswick. Photo credit: Fenwick McKelvey’s parents

Dear Minister Rodriguez,

Congrats on your 2018 appointment as Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Writing with regards to CRTC Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2019-107 that includes the licence renewal request by Shaw Direct (Star Choice Television Network).

As part of Shaw Direct’s licence renewal request, the direct-to-home (DTH) satellite distribution undertaking aims to terminate its no-fee Local Television Satellite Solution (#LTSS) by the end of August 2019.  Shaw Direct’s application notes that more than 31,500 Canadian households will be affected by the change.

Shaw Direct’s LTSS was approved by the CRTC in 2010 in order to allow Canadian households that lost access to over-the-air (OTA) television signals as a result of Canada’s 2011 digital television transition to continue to access Canadian television programming for no-fee.

What is your plan to maintain such no-fee television access by more than 31,500 Canadian households if the CRTC approves Shaw Direct’s plan? Will the Government of Canada fund the no-fee LTSS service instead?

Please advise,

Steven

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