Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: West Seneca, NY
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Sadly, the feds only will allow "two Canadian services" to be carried on Buffalo cable now. Nothing to do with content or language on stations like CITY, it's all about money. So for instance Spectrum Cable opts to only carry CBLT and CFTO. If either one of those stations happen to be carrying a U.S. network show that airs at the same time that a Buffalo station has it, Spectrum's TOC has to obey the "sim-sub" laws and delete it with a blank screen or an informercial channel. When Buffalo first was wired with cable in the 1970s, the system that covers the whole city was allowed to carry CHCH, CFTO, CBLT and CICA, then they were told to drop CICA in the 80's, and finally, Buffalo cable viewers ended up with just CFTO and CBLT. And, DirectTV and Dish are also actually not allowed to import any signals from the Toronto area.
Much of this has come about because various managers at the Buffalo network affiliates over the years have traditionally complained about Toronto signals being "unfair competition" for the Buffalo market--which is hilarious (and a total crock of s***) when you consider how they traditionally have treated the Toronto market as if it was their own. Meanwhile, when people go on cable or satellite in the Buffalo area, they now end up losing all but two of the Toronto stations. It's because of stupid "protective" regulations that clearly got written to favor the stations over the viewers. That's why I keep telling my friends in the area that they need to dump cable and go OTA!
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