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Verdict is finalized: No HBO/ESPN channels in Canada!

CRTC nixes U.S. TV channels

By JOHN WARD
Canadian Press
Friday, November 7, 2003

OTTAWA -- Broadcasters and specialty TV channel operators breathed easier Friday after federal regulators denied a request to allow cable companies to import popular and lucrative American channels such as HBO and ESPN.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said Friday the cable industry hadn't made a strong enough case for bringing in the services.

The Canadian Cable Television Association said it was disappointed, but broadcasters were relieved.

Glenn O'Farrell, president of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, said The Movie Channel and TSN might have been hard hit if the decision had gone the other way.

"It's hard to imagine how any of those Canadian services would have been able to continue to acquire program rights for broadcast in Canada when those American services would have been broadcasting those programs directly," he said.

In June, the cable operators told the CRTC that allowing the import of more U.S. channels would help fight satellite piracy and boost the struggling digital operators.

They worried about the fate of the digital cable companies. They are now two years old, but reach only about a fifth of Canadian TV households.

Broadcasters worried, too, that Canadian networks that re-broadcast popular U.S. shows such as Oz, Sex in the City and the Sopranos would have been badly undercut.

The Sopranos, which runs on HBO, airs on Canadian pay channels a few days or weeks after the U.S. broadcast and hits CTV a year later.

The cable association, however, said thousands of people already pirate these programs.

The CRTC said allowing the import of new channels would make it harder for Canadian services to buy the rights to foreign productions.

"The loss of revenues generated by such foreign programs could result in a decrease in the production and broadcast of Canadian programming," the commission said in its decision.

O'Farrell, spokesman for the majority of the country's private broadcasters, said Canadian viewers already get the bulk of the U.S. programming that would have been imported if the application had been upheld.

Allowing direct imports would have cost viewers more, he said.

"So I don't think it was very consumer friendly at all."

He added that arguments by the carriers that the plan would have helped reduce satellite TV piracy in Canada was "absolutely disingenuous and frankly very poorly considered."

The cable operators said they'll keep pushing the issue, saying it's a matter of consumer choice.

"We believe that supplying consumers what they want, when they want, is critical to the future success of the Canadian broadcasting system and Canada's continued leadership in broadband," said Michael Hennessy, acting president of the association.

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I can't stand TSN!

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I want WSTN back...

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at the CRTC

this is the bullshit influence of Sheila Copp, I hope that Martin screws this ridiculous law.

Whoever proposes to stop that bullshit of protecting local shitty channels that all they do is to broadcast signals they buy in the US will get my vote, for sure.
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Does that mean Canada gets no Tennis coverage...?

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They worried about the fate of the digital cable companies. They are now two years old, but reach only about a fifth of Canadian TV households.
Perhaps if digital cable didnt' cost so fucking much, that wouldn't be a problem.
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Does that mean Canada gets no Tennis coverage...?
No.We get that atp crap..and the WTA tier one[Rogers' AT&T]and some combined events.I think Eurosport would be a better option though,it doesn't sound like espn is that shit hot either.
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No.We get that atp crap..and the WTA tier one[Rogers' AT&T]and some combined events.I think Eurosport would be a better option though,it doesn't sound like espn is that shit hot either.
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Perhaps if digital cable didnt' cost so fucking much, that wouldn't be a problem.
Totally agree.

squawk box, you would want The Tennis Channel over Eurosport, right?


I am thinking of giving Shaw a huge threat. Shaw is going to lose me as one of its best customers. Shaw has two choices are to provide The Tennis Channel in its programming lineup or else losing me... I will email to Shaw...

and maybe you Canadian can give a shot too!

I can't believe this. First WTSN is gone and now this verdict with stupid CTRC!

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poor Canadians.

you should consider moving to another country.

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Totally agree.

squawk box, you would want The Tennis Channel over Eurosport, right?


I am thinking of giving Shaw a huge threat. Shaw is going to lose me as one of its best customers. Shaw has two choices are to provide The Tennis Channel in its programming lineup or else losing me... I will email to Shaw...

and maybe you Canadian can give a shot too!

I can't believe this. First WTSN is gone and now this verdict with stupid CTRC!
ummm.. NO!! I'd take Eurosport.From what some of the ppl on here who have the Tennis Channel say, it doesn't sound that promising either.Maybe it will get better.At the moment though our best bet would be Eurosport..IMO.
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so only slams and Toronto left???.....
next yr is in Montreal, so French commentating?
idont want to see that
hopefully TSN will realize more tennis=more viewers
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i pity all those who dont get HBO.

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what's wrong with Canada man! my god. they should seriously take a survey!!!


but.. we still do get Slams coverage right?
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YES we get Slam coverage. we get all 4 slams, IW, and Miami, and Toronto/Montreal, and NO there will be no french commentating when its played in montreal, Mary Carillo has been invited the past 2 years, cant go any further back than this. and we get all TSM for the ATP tour and their MAsters Cup. TSN should just pick up ALL Tier I events for WTA and it'll be all fine

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