The bad news is that the CRTC has decided that they will allow television stations to negotiate the price satellite and cable companies will have to pay to carry their signals. The satellite and cable companies claim that this is outside the CRTC’s jurisdiction, however. To prevent any trouble down the road, the CRTC has kicked the matter up to the Federal Court of Appeal before doing anything else, to make sure.
If the court gives them the nod, expect drama. The stations will name a high price. The satellite and cable companies will refuse. They’ll eventually come to an agreement, but the CRTC decision allows stations to withhold their signals if the negotiations reach an impasse. Your cable or satellite company will pass the increase along to you, and you may find some of your shows missing while they fight it out.
The good news is that it’s March. In October, I wrote about my purchase of two television antennas, saying
The point at which my not having cable will pay for this equipment has moved to mid-March, 2010.
From here, it’s all free! Whoop!