Don’t get hooked on US television.

The Canadian Radio and Television Commission (CRTC) has decided to shut down over-the-air analogue (or analog is you aren’t from Canada) television signals as of 2011. The reason:

Some Canadians who use rabbit ears and live close to the U.S. border can already pick up digital and high-definition signals from broadcasters there. The CRTC said the main reason for killing off over-the-air analogue was to spur Canadian broadcasters into developing advanced services to prevent viewers from getting hooked on those U.S. signals.

Right. If I watch Canadian television then I will be able to see great Canadian shows like Survivor, The Amazing Race, and Grey’s Anatomy. Wait, those are just American shows simulcast on Canadian networks.

So what they’re really saying is that they don’t want Canadians to get hooked on American advertising, since all they’re really getting is the equivalent of US signals with Canadian advertising inserted. Which is exacty what the Canadian cable companies are already allowed to do.


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