Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Quote of the Day

In the ridiculous mock war between the TV boredcasters and the cable and satellite exhibitors, the simple issue has always been who gets to haul in more consumer dollars.

Now that they are facing the CRTC, it is marvelous to hear the CTRC chairman, Konrad von Finckenstein lambaste both sides for their histrionics.

“I don't know why you two don't realize it's in your long-run interests to come to some solution – rather than scaring the daylights out of Canadians.”


Jeff Taylor said...

Actually David, this 'show' being put on by BOTH side doesn't scare me one little bit - it ANGERS me ! EVERY single month it seems someone is putting their claws in my pocket for more money. Is it ever going to stop - or at least slow down to something manageable ? The points from the Global's & CBC's of the country that without MORE money from me and you lots of local stations and programs will close down means just one thing - PEOPLE AREN'T WATCHING IT AND THEREFORE THERE'S NO AD MONEY FOR YOU ! As with the cable providers, I've read from several sources that Rogers could more than afford to simply absorb the 'fee' and they'd still rack in the BILLIONS. Rogers would hardly feel a thing, yet, they will pass it on the us all. This 'all' would include families, seniors in care homes, shut ins, students, etc, ect. I love money, I love making money, money allows you to buy things that make you happy - HOWEVER, when is LOTS of money enough Rogers ? Makes me sick.

Anonymous said...

Too many speciality channels, not enough 'local stations' in small markets.

It's time to close all them 'rerun' channels like Deja Vu and KVOS.

Oh, and that doofus saying "we only want to talk" is lying. He wants your money!

Anonymous said...

The CRTC is the problem.
They force the cable companies to carry the Canadian content specialty channels. Their cost is passed onto the subscribers who don't want those programs.
The CRTC also mandates commercials on American channels be deleted and replaced by Canadian commercials whenever TV programs are simulcast.
The U.S. networks are compensated for the loss of their ads by $300M which is passed onto cable subscribers. That alone amounts to $5 per subscriber.
Without the meddling of the CRTC, the basic cable bill could be a lot lower, and the local TV channels would not be in trouble.