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Old 01-05-2007, 09:47 PM   #1
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DigitalHome.ca, a large Canadian tech blog, is reporting that Sirius Canada will add 20 new channels to its lineup, being 2 Canadian and 18 American channels, due to the agreement with the government that 10% of its lineup be Canadian content. It appears the new Canadian channels will be low-bandwidth traffic channels. If this is true, it will increase their total amount of channels allowed to 130, up from 110.

One part that confuses me is that they state they will add the 'last remaining 18 channels to the Canadian lineup' by doing this, but with the two new traffic channels, there would be 136 channels, and Canada cannot have more than 130. Either Sirius Canada will have three new channels rather than the reported two, or 6 channels will not be on Sirius Canada, likely Traffic and Weather channels.

Either way, assuming this is true, it looks like it will be much easier for those Canadians who have a US sub because they want the full lineup.

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Old 01-06-2007, 12:08 AM   #2
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I guess this means Radio Korea and the possible chinese channel (if they really ever go ahead) could land in Canada and if they mind to add 1 or 2 more repeaters in Vancouver and Toronto, one can expect the koreans all flocking to buy one and receive the channel
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According to the license can they add Canadian traffic channels?

"Sirius Canada's license prohibits them from broadcasting "localized" content such as local or regional newscasts, weather forecasts or traffic reports. As a result the Radio One feed does not include local programs or weather forecasts. Instead, the network's local programming blocks are filled with repeat airings of other CBC programming." -Wikipedia
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According to the license can they add Canadian traffic channels?

"Sirius Canada's license prohibits them from broadcasting "localized" content such as local or regional newscasts, weather forecasts or traffic reports. As a result the Radio One feed does not include local programs or weather forecasts. Instead, the network's local programming blocks are filled with repeat airings of other CBC programming." -Wikipedia
There must be some sort of amendment to their broadcast license with the CRTC, to allow them to start broadcasting regional traffic and weather. Maybe these are the details that are being 'finalized'
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Frankly, I'd much rather they add more true Canadian content. Locals news and traffic is very well served in most cities. Certainly here in Vancouver where News1130 is a very good all news station with good traffic and you have NW980 for news and traffic as well, plus 730 for 24 hour traffic.

Don't need sat radio for that and I would love more content instead.

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Frankly, I'd much rather they add more true Canadian content. Locals news and traffic is very well served in most cities. Certainly here in Vancouver where News1130 is a very good all news station with good traffic and you have NW980 for news and traffic as well, plus 730 for 24 hour traffic.

Don't need sat radio for that and I would love more content instead.
I think it comes down to bandwidth. Traffic/weather channels don't need high sound quality because people are listening for less than five minutes, and just want information. Talk/entertainment needs decent sound quality in order to be able to listened to for long periods of time, and music needs it for obvious reasons.

It comes down to this: assuming the report is true, would you rather have two traffic stations and the rest of Sirius America, or the way it is now?
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Put that way ... more content, more variety, the better. But, if the CRTC requirements are 10% Canadian content, I'd like to see quality Canadian content .... there's plenty of it after all.
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Maybe there will be a total of 136stations, but then they will get rid of the extra 6 channels so that the grand total in the end will be the 130.
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I wish they would add the audio feed from CTV Newsnet or CBC Newsworld. Since CBC Radio One has moved away from news analysis and towards lighter entertainment, it would be good to have a true Canadian news channel.
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