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Asking Canadians About Television Services

November 30, 2009

Gouvernement du Canada | Government of Canada

http://television.askingcanadians.com/ is the online consultation site set up by the CRTC for recent debates and hearings about ‘fee for carriage’.Comments received by the public will form part of the public record.

Discussion topics include: affordability of local TV; choice in services; and ccess to local programming in a digital context.

The TV industry is transforming like never before – more channels, more ways to access TV shows, more competition, new technologies and challenging economic times. These factors are influencing your programming choices, expectations and viewing habits.

The CRTC is looking at whether it should change its regulation to allow the industry to adapt so that Canadians can benefit from the broadcasting system. Among the different options under consideration, we are studying whether local television stations should be able to charge cable and satellite companies for distributing their programs. Cable and satellite companies do not currently pay a fee for local TV signals and must distribute them as part of their basic service.

This is your opportunity to have your say on whether these issues may or may not impact:

  • the availability of local television services, including local news, information and public affairs programming
  • the ability to choose different types of channels and packages
  • the affordability of cable and satellite television services
  • the industry as it adapts to the new digital communications environment, and
  • the industry’s current or future business plans
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