We wish you a Merry X-Mas!

X-Mas?!?

Just kidding! It’s Christmas, everyone! Enjoy the full-featured version, and not the trial version!

All of us at The Canadian Public would like to wish everyone plenty of health and prosperity in the new year!

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Not ready to forget any of you.

Red poppieAnd that includes our veterans of the Korean war and the Afghanistan war.

Still hoping the federal government will do a proper job of supporting you brave guys and gals some day, instead of trying to weasel out of their commitments.

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Why hasn’t this site been updated for so long?

As some of you may have noticed, this Web site hasn’t been updated since Christmas of 2012, and the live streams have been shut down last spring. The progress of the television channel has pretty much followed the same path.

The goal of launching a public access television channel has been put on hold until we can figure out what to do with it. The problem is that television is being abandoned by the general public at a steadily increasing rate. The term “Cord Cutter” is no longer just a concept; it has now become a growing phenomenon.

And it’s not difficult to understand why. Constantly increasing monthly cable rates and forced bundles of incompatible television channels have transformed cable television into a highly unattractive and extremely expensive product.

Cord cutting has not only become easier to accept. For the younger generation, it has already become a fact of life even when cable is still available in the household. The Internet has become the young generation’s “cable television.”

And this is the path The Canadian Public now needs to prioritize.

The option of this channel becoming a cable television broadcaster will still remain available since we’ve already proven during a three year experiment that it is possible to reliably live stream your own programming over various distribution methods including the Internet. This goal has been made even easier now that the CRTC has eliminated the need for a digital cable television channel to apply for a television license if they have less than 200,000 subscribers.

However, this approach still requires a lot of negotiations with the “gatekeepers,” namely the Canadian cable companies. This can become a tedious task, made even more tedious by the recent Bell/Astral merger. As a result of this merger, the larger Canadian cable companies now own most of the Canadian cable channels. It may now be close to impossible for an independent television channel to obtain carriage on any of Canada’s cable networks as these companies will prefer to carry their own channels instead of an independent channel.

Which is why The Canadian Public may need to concentrate its efforts on obtaining carriage over the Internet, both live streamed and deferred, a goal that is already achievable with the help of companies such as YouTube and Netflix.

Which happens to be where “the young people” are going these days.

Our activities won’t stop completely during this transition period. We’ll still occasionally present videos on our YouTube channel, a medium that has made it extremely easy to broadcast just about anything we wish, and monetize these broadcasts.

So the dream of launching a national public access television channel with an attitude is far from over. It’s simply trying to develop an even bigger attitude.

Thank you for following our progress over the years. We will be back with occasional updates.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays everyone!

All of us at The Canadian Public would like to wish everyone plenty of health and prosperity in the new year, now that we know the world HASN’T ended on December 21st!

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To Our Fallen Comrades

Red poppieTo our friends, our comrades, and our heroes, we salute you and thank you as always for your generosity and your sacrifices.

Now if only the federal government showed the same level of respect instead of trying to “dispose” of all of you.

From the CBC’s Rick Mercer Report.

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Upcoming Maintenance

Be advised that the live feeds may not work properly this weekend as we’re moving the broadcast servers to new locations. The Eastern broadcast feed will be kept active for as long as possible, but the Western broadcast feed might become unavailable during the next couple of weeks.

The Web site itself will be unaffected by this move.

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Updated *FOR SALE* Page

No, we’re not selling off the channel. We’re simply selling off a few items of interest such as:

  • The Sanyo Xacti VPC-TH1 camcorder. Best suited as a doorstop. Pay me $1, the shipping charges, and the taxes, and it’s yours!
  • The Asus Eee PC 900 netbook computer. Still works, but the Celeron processor kills all hope for any decent performance.
  • A high definition Canon HV20 HDV tape based camcorder. Still produces a very beautiful picture, but the tapes take too long to process, and they can fail unexpectedly. The camcorder can still be used as a high definition Webcam via Firewire.
  • The OCLENH Developer Application SDK. A feature-rich, low footprint software development kit for building GUI based desktop applications with the Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 integrated development environment. Includes the Open Class Library ported over to the Microsoft development platform at no extra charge.

Please visit the FOR SALE page for more details.

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Pseudo-private Message – Cartoon Studios

It was Fleischer Studios! That’s the name we couldn’t remember the previous night!

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays everyone!

All of us at The Canadian Public would like to wish everyone plenty of health and prosperity in the new year!

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The Star Wars Holiday Special – REQUEST DENIED

We’ve received an answer from LucasFilms concerning our request to broadcast The Star Wars Holiday Special.

It was rejected.

On a more positive note, the rejection letter was short, very diplomatic, and to the point. In a world where rudeness is becoming more commonplace in the business sector, it’s nice to know there are people out there who still know how to be civil.

The broadcast has been cancelled. We’ll put alternate programming on the air.

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