January 24, 2016

Stephen Harper is changing our channels!

Jason & MattRebel Commentators
 

As of March 2016, a Harper government initiative will go into effect changing the way TV & satellite providers offer their services.

Will the Liberal government attempt to put a stop to it to try and "preserve" the industry?

 

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commented 2016-01-26 12:15:48 -0500
Whether what is on TV is crap or not comes all down to personal opinion. What is apparent is the entire model for television south of the border is going to have to change, and will Canada come kicking and screaming or not?

I would love for them to make CBC an optional channel. Let those who force the CBC on us let everyone decide with their money. But of course that won’t happen.

What happened before was a form of station welfare. We had to include Joy TV, and the aboriginal channel in the basic package, because those channels would have failed faster than Sun News if they were purely by subscription.

About time we get back to survival of the fittest on Canadian television.

It is likely it will not save consumers money. Cable companies will likely price individual channels in a way to not lose revenue. But it will be in their best interest not to piss off consumers, who could just junk their cable company for Netflix.
commented 2016-01-25 14:10:56 -0500
Merrill,

You do know that Golden Age Of Television is a real thing right – not just something I made up? And AMC, HBO and Showtime are part of cable, dumbass.
commented 2016-01-25 03:13:07 -0500
Sam Young, you’re certainly entitled to your opinion, but that’s just what it is….. your opinion. When we’re talking about quality in the Arts, evaluations are necessarily almost completely subjective. If you like it, it’s good…. if you don’t, it’s not. The technology has certainly advanced, which may be reflected in improved production value, but I certainly don’t believe that talent has improved. In fact, with so many more channels and avenues in which to express one’s artistic vision, I believe the talent pool has been diluted and spread much more thinly than it ever has been before. And, as far as the golden age of news is concerned, if you’re referring to the immediacy of the coverage of global events and the speed with which news is spread around the world, I agree with you. But if you’re referring to balanced coverage in mainstream media, I couldn’t possibly disagree more. That’s my opinion, and I’m entitled to it…. which is totally subjective, by the way.
commented 2016-01-25 02:45:21 -0500
To be specific, the golden age is referring to fictional series, such as dramas and comedies. It is that in this day and age, the production value and writing quality are considerably higher than it was before. It is so nice to be able to watch a show without the damn thing preaching a life lesson.

I would also like to add that we are in a golden age of news. You probably don’t need me to explain this one, do you?
commented 2016-01-25 02:22:55 -0500
It seems to me the “Golden Age of TV” was back when we only had two or three channels to choose from. That was back in the late fifties, sixties and early seventies. There was usually something good on every evening, and the family watched it together. On those evening where there wasn’t anything good on, we didn’t worry about it, we just did something else. There are very few programs that I watch on a regular basis these days. Some of the British murder mysteries and police detective series on the Knowledge network are quite good, but I don’t much care for anything coming out of Hollywood these days. And, since I’m not really much of a sports fan, and I detest MSM, I spend much more time on the computer than I do watching TV.
commented 2016-01-25 01:14:54 -0500
Michael Mann what is so great about TV shows now, Family Guy is great , but there is so much garbage on it makes me sick.
Reality TV is crap, with the exception of Nat Geo.
commented 2016-01-24 17:37:48 -0500
This is the first video with Jason in it that I managed to watch until the very end. It is good to see him finally do videos with actual research and content in them. The only thing that could have made this video better, is if he had made some mention of the old sun news network .
commented 2016-01-24 14:29:20 -0500
Michael Mann Like your fav mickey little mosque on the prairie , no doubt you loved that one.
commented 2016-01-24 14:13:51 -0500
Michael Mann
Say what? “I think it’s funny that we are living in what’s being called the golden age of television now with some of the best TV shows ever playing right now and conservatives still bitch that there is nothing to watch on TV.”
You are so full of BS, as per usual, only with obsessive compulsion just to be contrary rw anything. You know there is a real danger that you may even begin to believe your own bs.
The only decent anything is on Netflix (USA) HBO (USA) i-tunes, Apple TV, etc, all of which, if we could even get the full gamut available but are not allowed, we still get them only by a monthly subscription, or per show, to find something worth watching. Why pay for the never-ending regurgitation of a limited cable library, going from one channel to another seeing same old B movie garbage and other content, over and over and over again. Why pay for cable and then have to pay to find something worthy of my time and interest?
I have gone on and off of Netflix Canada for several years because they bring in something new but are forced to deplete the library elsewhere to maintain Cdn content percentage. Cancelled my cable after sheer disgust of the Canadian media party elites’, with support from American political strategists, lobbyists, etc., the political coup that used my tax $ (CBC) and cable $ (the rest of MSM) to put Beavis and Buttshead in the PMO. I refuse to subsidize any of these scumbags any more than I am forced to, and I am so happy not having to listen to biased garbage day in and day out from CBC, CTV, and the rest. ’Tis a treat in deed. I recommend it.
commented 2016-01-24 13:09:30 -0500
George Dyer: Funny if I did not suspect it might be true……………………..!
commented 2016-01-24 13:04:54 -0500
About time. Paying for stuff you don’t want amounts to legalized theft. No wonder so many people are cutting off the cable. Only reason I still have cable is for my internet service. I do not like however having to pay for television channels I don’t watch just to maintain internet. I stopped watching television many years ago finding much of the programming and commercial advertisements insulting. I get far more quality information and discussion over the internet.
commented 2016-01-24 13:00:59 -0500
I think it’s funny that we are living in what’s being called the golden age of television now with some of the best TV shows ever playing right now and conservatives still bitch that there is nothing to watch on TV.
commented 2016-01-24 12:54:10 -0500
I have Rogers cable. In my High Def ‘VIP" package which costs nearly $80.00 per month, there are many duplicate and triplicate channels. I’m sure they use it for their channel count. I have contacted them on a number of occasions for various reasons, and each and every time I ask if I am paying for the same channel 3 times. I know that I am. It makes obvious sense. The thing is, I have yet to get an answer from them.

We should not be forced to take channels we do not want. If some channels go by the wayside, they weren’t watched enough anyway. The cable companies have had it their way far too long. When they can go out and purchase arenas, baseball clubs, hockey clubs and the like, that by definition alone means we are paying far too much on our cable, internet and cellular phone services.

It’s time we had a choice. The liberals should not be touching this but augmenting it.
commented 2016-01-24 12:43:34 -0500
the conservatives at least tried to limited the power of the cable companies…when this happened rogers owned macleans became vehemently anti conservative….
commented 2016-01-24 12:19:08 -0500
What designates a channel that people want to watch? Is it a hundred people or do you need two hundred thousand?
commented 2016-01-24 12:13:51 -0500
There is not much on TV that’s worth watching anymore, and hasn’t been for years.
commented 2016-01-24 11:33:16 -0500
Internet only. Been there and without TV of any type since 2006. Love it!

Internet only is the only want to go.
commented 2016-01-24 10:54:46 -0500
A mandatory bundle along with “pick and pay”. A compromise. Now nobody’s going to be happy.
Bundled channels are the one thing that consumers wanted to avoid.
And what do we get? Forced to pay $25 for a bundle of channels that we don’t want.
Pasting the following (without permission) Derp Digger’s comments, from another web site:
Yeah, I’d like to sign up for the $25.00 per month package. That’ll be $72.25
$1.25 CRTC fee
$3.75 Bandwidth fee
$2.00 Emergency service fee
$4.80 Obamacare fee
$11.60 Only service provider in your area fee
$3.25 Not electing for specialty channels fee
$2.15 Cable TV membership fee
$1.00 Printed bill fee
$2.35 Server space required to store your personal information fee
$3.25 We’ll see if they don’t spot this one fee
$2.35 Fee mediation fee
$8.15 Convenience fee
$1.35 Clairvoyance fee
commented 2016-01-24 10:23:24 -0500
We had the best leader in Harper. I used to brag about him to Americans and they were envious. Now I crying with fear!
commented 2016-01-24 09:51:02 -0500
@ Deborah Graupner commented 10 mins ago
………………………………….. What has happened to respect and common decency?
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For the most part you have to find a working man or a working woman in dirty clothes and sweat on their forehead today to find this Deborah. Not many of us left out there any more.
commented 2016-01-24 09:50:51 -0500
I cut cable 10 yrs ago because the quality of what was on was not worth the price and they would not allow me to simply pay for the 3 channels I do watch without paying for all the parasite channels as well – so I pulled the plug, bought extra bandwidth and ramped up my internet viewing (which has far better selection and quality and I can watch what I want when I want) – THAT is the market force parasite broadcasters face extinction from – and they know it.

So, IF they (zombie broadcasters) whine and moan to PM Selfie about going back to the parasite cable system, I guarantee they will add provision to restrict Canadians from accessing content on the internet – they want a monopoly and a protected market to sell low quality goods at max profit – this is the Kanadian way – crony corporatism (AKA fascist economics)
commented 2016-01-24 09:48:40 -0500
Deborah, the Left demands respect but never gives it. The exception to that rule is if one happens to be a part of one of the minorities or part of one of their “causes”. Common decency, like common sense, is nonexistent when it comes to the Left.
commented 2016-01-24 09:39:06 -0500
I consider how PM Harper was constantly demonized by the left, for over 10-years, and counting, a stain on the history of Canada. It reminded me of Hitler demonizing the Jews. It was disgusting! And those that partook in this lunacy should feel ashamed, and the sad part is that they don’t. What has happened to respect and common decency?
commented 2016-01-24 08:48:58 -0500
PM Butts won’t change this because cable companies want this.

The internet is wiping out cable subscribers – most Canadians are ditching cable – no more $100 per month collected charges.

There is a chance that people may return to cable with a $25 charge, but cable companies can shove their $100 per month packages.

The liberals are soft peddled national socialists so force feeding is a core belief of a liberal. But PM Butts can still add and with cable companies losing subscribers in droves, more liberal force feeding will make this dismal situation far worse – and PM Butts knows this – the national socialists still like their money.
commented 2016-01-24 08:28:19 -0500
Uh-oh! It is time for the gay boy with nice hair to do his best to dismantle this as well.

Let’s get the “hate Harper” gang worked up again.