All of us at The Canadian Public would like to wish everyone plenty of health and prosperity in the new year.
It definitely has been a busy year for TCPub Media Inc. We’ve completed our move from Montreal to Ottawa last summer and couldn’t be happier! We truly believe that relocating to the nation’s capital will open up many new opportunities for us in the coming year, which will include new stick figure and product review videos!
But with a new Liberal government now in power, one can now hope our veterans will be better treated over time, including veterans from the Afghanistan conflict who have a significantly higher suicide rate than the general population.
In our efforts to treat their broken bodies, we’ve neglected to treat their broken minds.
On this Remembrance Day, let’s not just remember the soldiers who have fallen on the battlefield. We must also remember the soldiers who have returned from the battlefield, and are still struggling to stay alive.
On January 29, 2015, a decision was released by the CRTC in regards to signal substitution. Starting in 2017 (the NFL’s 2016-2017 season), the Super Bowl can no longer be signal substituted.
Additionally, the CRTC has limited the use of signal substitution only to broadcasters with an Over-The-Air (OTA) presence. Canadian channels available only on cable, IPTV or satellite services can not use signal substitution.
Furthermore, the CRTC has put broadcasters on notice in regards to signal substitution errors. On top of compensating BDU subscribers affected by signal substitution errors, action could be taken against the practice if too many complaints are received for a broadcaster and/or BDU’s sloppy application of signal substitution.
Broadcasters might even choose to drop unpredictable content such as live events and substitute the programming with Canadian content instead of running the risk of encountering too many signal substitution errors and possibly lose all of their signal substitution privileges as a result.
This decision on signal substitution may not be entirely what we wished for, but the fear of losing one’s signal substitution privileges could still result in a significant increase in the amount of Canadian content presented on Canadian television.
This is a short film about the problems with Canadian television, and how we can fix them. It was presented as an intervention at the CRTC’s “Let’s Talk TV” hearings on September 19th 2014 at Gatineau, Quebec.
The video received generous applause at its conclusion which, apparently, is an extremely rate event at a CRTC hearing.
A link to the CPAC video of the CRTC hearing will be provided once it’s available.
Our big thanks goes to all of the people who supported us in this project, and to the CRTC for allowing us to present our intervention in this unusual but highly effective format.