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Link: Channel survivor: What will the dial look like in a pick-and-pay world?

From James Bradshaw of The Globe and Mail:

Channel survivor: What will the dial look like in a pick-and-pay world?
For years, television networks have cashed in on popular reality shows depicting elimination-style contests in singing, cooking, and desert-island challenges. Now, those same channels will compete for their survival on the TV dial as new rules from the federal broadcast regulator take effect. Continue reading.

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2 thoughts on “Link: Channel survivor: What will the dial look like in a pick-and-pay world?”

  1. I get Bell Satellite. Here’s the breakup of channels per bundle we watch in our household (one man, one woman and two children under 6):

    BASIC ($36.95)
    We watch CBC, CTV, CTV2, Global, City TV, ABC, PBS, FOX, NBC, APTN, CHCH, CPAC, MTV, MUCH, VISION, CTV Newsnet, CBC Newsworld, E, NTV, Teletoon Retro, TSN, The Weather Network, Treehouse, YTV, W Network
    We don’t watch CBS, AMI, CHEK, JoyTV, HopeTV, CMT, GameTV, Daystar, The Knowledge Network, The Shopping Channel, OMNI, TLN + all French stations

    UPGRADE TO “SELECT” PACKAGE (add $24 a month)
    We watch A&E, BBC World News, BRAVO, Discovery, HGTV, History, Showcase, Space, Sportsnet, TCM
    We don’t watch BNN, CNN, CNBC, HLN, NFL Network, TLC,

    UPGRADE TO “BETTER” PACKAGE (add $12 per month)
    We watch ABC Spark, Animal Planet, Cottage Life, Disney Jr, Disney XD, DIY, Family, Documentary, Food Network, FX, M3, National Geographic, Spike TV, Comedy Network, Teletoon, WGN, WPIX
    We don’t watch AMC, ACTION, BET, Cosmopolitan, Crime & Investigation, Science, Golf Channel, MTV2, MY38, OLN, RTV, Peachtree TV

    UPGRADE TO “BEST” PACKAGE (add $40 a month)
    Includes channels in Timeshifting, Movies & More, Variety and Learning & NEWS bundles (see below for details). It does not include Movie Central, Superchannel or HBO and other premium channels.

    ON DEMAND BUNDLE ($10 a month)
    includes Encore Avenue on demand, Kids Suite, Crave TV (we currently don’t subscribe plus with our data cap on our internet, we would reach the cap too quickly)

    MOVIE PACKAGE ($20 a month)
    We watch Movie Central, Encore Avenue,
    We don’t watch HBO and cannot get Crave TV because our phone jack is not connected to our receiver

    SUPERCHANNEL ($15 a month)
    we don’t subscribe due to price

    HOLLYWOOD SUITE ($6 a month)
    We don’t currently subscribe to this bundle which includes WBTV, MGM channel, Sony Movie channel and AXN channel

    MOVIES & MORE BUNDLE ($10 a month)
    We currently don’t subscribe to this bundle which includes OWN, Lifetime, Nickelodeon, Sundance, W Movies, Silver Screen, Movietime, BBC Kids, Cartoon Network, BBC Channel and IFC

    SPORTS BUNDLE ($10 a month)
    We don’t currently subscribe to this bundle which includes ESPN Classic, Fight Network, GOL TV, NBA TV, NHL Network, WFN and Wild TV (however, we do purchase Wild TV on its own for $4)

    PREMIUM SPORTS (pricing not listed)
    We don’t subscribe to any which includes BeIn Sports, FNTSY Sports, HPI, MLB Extra Innings, NFL Red zone, NFL Sunday ticket, NHL Centre Ice, WWE Network and U.S. College Sports

    VARIETY BUNDLE ($10 a month)
    We watch Gusto, Comedy Gold, H2, FXX
    We don’t watch Book TV, FYI, Slice, Travel & Escape, GSN, Deja View, DTour, OutTV, One, Fashion TV, AHC and Bite

    LEARNING & NEWS BUNDLE ($10 a month)
    We currently don’t subscribe to this bundle which includes Love Nature, Aljazeera, I Channel, ID, CNN, Smithsonian, Biography, Velocity, FOX News, Miracle, G4, MSNBC, HIFI and radX (however, we do purchase Love Nature individually for $4)

    TIMESHIFTING ($5 a month)
    We pay this to get the various affiliates of the Canadian and American nets so we can use the time zones to organize our DVR recordings)

    FOREIGN LANGUAGE & ADULT ENTERTAINMENT
    We don’t subscribe to any.

  2. This Pick and Pay model is more likely to outright flop and die a quick death maybe even before it is said and done, if the public realizes that packages are better than one channel here or another there and another point is that we don’t have the kind of populace to have small niche channels that can survive on their own terms, unlike a U.S.A. or U.K. for example.
    AND if you look at a Game TV, it’s closer to a USA Network model than a GSN or a Challenge TV

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