CRTC roundup: Videotron doesn’t want to closed-caption porn

Lots of fun at the CRTC:

  1. Videotron has applied for a change in the license for its illico video-on-demand system. They want a change in the requirement that it broadcast closed-captioning with 90% of all programming during the day to add an exception: “adult movies and programs for pre-school children.” In other words, they don’t want to have to waste money closed-captioning on-demand porn and baby programming that nobody is going to read anyway.
  2. Rogers, which owns CITYtv but not the CP24 all-news cable channel that CITY started (that station belongs to CTV after CTV bought CHUM, even though it shares a newsroom with Rogers-owned CITYtv — complicated enough for you?) wants to create a new all-news, all-Toronto digital specialty channel with the imaginative name CITY News (Toronto). Presumably, this would replace CP24, which would then be properly absorbed into CTV, which would have to decide what to do with it since it already has its own all-news network.
  3. The Fight Network wants to create a new digital specialty channel Le Réseau des combats, which would be a French version of its existing programming.
  4. Application for a new digital specialty channel Chaîne Ethnoculturelle Clovys Entertainment Channel, which would broadcast mainly francophone music from urban, world and latin music styles.
  5. CTV wants to amend the license for MuchMusic to allow it to carry game shows (presumably music-related, but then again this is MuchMusic we’re talking about)
  6. The CBC (and its gajillion partners) are applying for a license to broadcast the Documentary channel in high definition. Considering the channel is mostly NFB archives from the 70s, this would seem to have limited use.
  7. VidéOptique Inc. wants to create an on-demand programming network in Drummondville and nearby areas.
  8. Corus Entertainment wants to move its talk radio station 102.1 FM from Montmagny to Quebec City to make it a Quebec City station and have access to the much larger urban market.

UPDATE (Aug. 2): Pat Lagacé has some comments about Videotron and porn CC. He says deaf people will have to start reading lips of the porn actors. I’m not quite sure which lips he’s referring to.

10 thoughts on “CRTC roundup: Videotron doesn’t want to closed-caption porn

  1. Eric

    What if I want to watch my porn without everyone knowing and need to lower the volume? How am I going to know what is going on? And amateur porn has terrible sound, I need my porn captioned.

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    1. Jeb

      Eric, I agree with you and I think Canadians and Americans and rest of the world to know it is not necessary about Deafness issues to provide closed-captioning or English Subtitling. I am Deaf and I know we have to fight for you hearing folks to able to enjoy and watch it in text for any reasons.

      Jeb~

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  2. princess iveylocks

    CP24 is completely pointless to anyone who doesn’t live in Toronto…

    …unless you’re obsessed with traffic patterns on Steeles or Kennedy…

    …which is why it’s on basic cable in SW Ontario, and one of the two channels playing on new flat-screens intended to spruce up the dead mall where I work. (The other is Sportsnet, evidently.)

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  3. Saraline

    I’m a relay operator for the deaf and hard of hearing, and once somebody sitting near me had a call where the caller wanted to return some porn videos that he’d ordered because they didn’t have closed-captioning.

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  4. Vahan

    It shouldn’t be too hard to close caption porn. Copy paste oooohhh, aaaaahhhhh, yes, yes, harder, harder, yesssssss, ahhhhhhhh, indiscernible high pitch squeal and grunts. Really CC porn? How many guys (because girls never admit to watching porn) could read the CC and still keep from punching themselves in the forehead.

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  7. Joe Clark

    Saraline has just violated her terms of employment, which require her to keep every call, even one she doesn’t actually handle, secret.

    What else would you like to reveal, Saraline?

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    1. Jeb

      That’s silly, Mr. Clark. Saraline has not broke any code of ethic. She never reveal who is the person so she is safe and it is ok. Maybe it is me after all and I permit Saraline to say about this, ha.

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