The Canadian Content

January 28, 2020. Ignore the strikeout part. The Supreme Court has overturned the decision, stating the CRTC has overstepped its authority. More info here from Steve Faguy.

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.

CRTC link to the decision.

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.

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.

A production of TCPub Media Inc., home of The Canadian Public. Web site

Written, produced, narrated and animated by François Caron.
Script editor: Jacinthe Caron.
Ending theme “Meaty Meaty Meat Pie” by Uncle Ghastly.
© Copyright 2014 TCPub Media Inc.