Star Choice is too good for RDI

The CBC is complaining to the CRTC because Canadian satellite TV provider Star Choice does not include francophone all-news channel RDI as part of its basic lineup.

The problem is that the CRTC mandates that RDI be included in all cable and satellite basic lineups, as it does for channels like CPAC, Newsworld and The Weather Network. So unless I (and the CBC) are missing something, Star Choice is violating CRTC regulations. (Then again, it’s not the only company that thinks CRTC rules are just a suggestion — *cough* *cough*)

Meanwhile, Global Quebec is still not available even as an option for Star Choice and ExpressVu customers in Quebec, more than 10 years after the regional network launched. Ditto CBC Saskatchewan.

But hey, God forbid anyone should miss the World Fishing Network for some local news.

UPDATE: Star Choice responds to the CBC Saskatchewan issue with the usual “technical limitations” excuses, and adds that it’s somehow the CBC’s responsibility to provide local TV service to satellite customers. (via Inside the CBC)

3 thoughts on “Star Choice is too good for RDI

  1. Rick

    “The CBC is complaining to the CRTC because Canadian satellite TV provider Star Choice does not include francophone all-news channel RDI as part of its basic lineup…

    Then again, it’s not the only company that thinks CRTC rules are just a suggestion — *cough* *cough*)…”
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    Thank GOD “someone” is violating the CRTC rules( *puke* *puke*).
    Thankyou, that has now just about made up my mind.
    Goddbye to Rogers’! and hello to StarChoice.

    I just hope they, and anyone else keep “violating” CRTC rules. WHY?,
    BECAUSE I WANT THE CHOICE TO WATCH ANY BROADCAST/CHANNEL BE IT STATES-SIDE OR NOT. IF I CHOOSE NO FRANCPHONE THATS MY “PAID” RIGHT.

    Why should I care what the CRTC, or Quebec wants ? -“THEY” are not paying for it
    I AM – CANADIAN !

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  2. Stephane Marcotte

    It’s odd that someone says that RDI is not on StarChoice. I do subscribe to Starchoice and RDI was always available on channel 730. The thing that the CBC is telling is probably that the newer HD version of RDI is not available yet. Neither CBC Newsworld or CTV Nesw.

    Thank’s

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    1. Fagstein Post author

      It’s odd that someone says that RDI is not on StarChoice. I do subscribe to Starchoice and RDI was always available on channel 730.

      The complaint was that RDI wasn’t on the basic package in anglophone markets.

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