The joys and pleasures of a Sunday morning romp through the week’s shows or simply catching up each evening on your local CBC affiliate.
We have satellite and even have the option of watching it on different stations from across Canada which is handy if you’ve got a busy schedule like I do.
Well it seems that there are quite a few Americans not happy with NBC’s coverage of the Olympics and miss the CBC coverage. CTV purchased the rights to this years games for a whopping $150+ million dollars, but CTV is not on many border cities cable stations.
“Dan Imby of Shelby Township, Mich., also found himself wandering from NBC to CBC. CTV is available over the air, but most viewers have replaced their antennas with cable or satellite television.
Imby cannot get CTV, and he says he feels stuck with NBC.
“I love watching the hockey on the CBC because they know the sport, they love it all,” Imby, 46, said. “This is only going to be the biggest event of the Olympics, hockey in Canada, and we have no hockey on the CBC. No Don Cherry, no Ron MacLean. Terrible. I always liked how the Canadians showed everything, not just their own teams.”
The loss of the CBC seems to be providing a boost to NBC affiliates along the border. There is no way to determine how many Americans watch Canadian programming, as ratings are determined only within the country.
Ratings for NBC affiliates in Seattle, Detroit and Buffalo have risen in the first week of the Vancouver Games. Detroit’s affiliate, WDIV, had a 55 percent rating increase for the first few days of coverage over the same period of the 2006 Turin Games.”
That’s one of the things that scares me about the government essentially mandating that we all move to cable or satellite television. I miss having the ability to pull TV out of the air. It’s still controlled on the web for the most part. We Canadians can’t pull in a HULU type service and I do believe that some of the cable companies offer web tv, but only to subscribers of their cable service.
The Freedom to watch Coronation Street, the Olympics, or unbiased news may one day not be anyone’s option.
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