Tag Archives: #DTV2011

10th anniversary of Dude, Where’s My TV?

Dear Minister Guilbeault, May 15, 2010 marked the first post to this blog. At the time, I was primarily concerned about how Canada’s approach to its 700 MHz spectrum auction and transition to digital over-the-air (OTA) television might affect household … Continue reading

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Roger and Out (Good Buddy)

Dear Minister Guilbeault, Congrats on your new appointment. As you may know, Shaw Direct commenced the shutdown of its wildly successful no fee Local Television Satellite Solution (LTSS) program starting ~ November 5. By Shaw Direct’s ledger this represented more … Continue reading

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LTSS Groundhog Days?

Dear Minister Rodriguez, As noted in my previous post, Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2019-267 suggested that Shaw Direct’s LTSS would continue until at least November 30, 2019. After congratulating the CRTC and Shaw on the move, both replied that in fact … Continue reading

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Shaw Direct’s LTSS extended until at least November 30, 2019

Dear Minister Rodriguez, Writing to advise that the CRTC administratively-renewed Shaw Direct’s licence today until November 30, 2019, “subject to the same terms and conditions as those in effect under the current licenc(e)”. This means that Shaw’s no-fee Local Television … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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TVO OTA SOS

Dear Minister Joly, Today is the day that TVO, Ontario’s educational public television broadcaster, had originally scheduled to shut down eight of its nine over-the-air (OTA) digital television transmitters. At the time of the announcement in January 2017, TVO’s CEO Lisa … Continue reading

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Canada’s 600 MHz DTV transition: 238 analogue OTA TV transmitters slated for transition to digital OTA TV

Dear Minister Joly, Long time! Did you get to meet Bono at the Canada Day 150 celebrations? Now that Minister Bains at ISED has announced Canada’s 600 MHz DTV transition plan, I’m particularly interested in the 238 analogue OTA (NTSC) … Continue reading

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Skinny Basic a boon for OTA?

Dear Minister Joly, Congrats on the new gig. Now that Phase I of the CRTC’s Skinny Basic is in place, I wonder if this just might be the break that (over-the-air) OTA TV in Canada has been waiting for. While … Continue reading

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Godspeed You! TV User

Dear Minister Glover, More Let’s Talk TV regulatory decision M&M’s were doled out today by CRTC Chairman Blais. I’m a TV delivery/carriage guy, as you know, so while the day was more about TV content regs, Chairman Blais’ mention of … Continue reading

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$5 Bucks, $5 Bucks, $5 Bucks!

 *Update: Shortly after posting this, I noticed that Bell Mobile TV is now $5 for 5 hours of TV/month instead of the 10 hours per month that was included up until a week or two ago. *Update: Bell has advised … Continue reading

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