TVO, Ontario's public broadcaster, has been pulled from cable and satellite systems outside its home province, including Bell satellite TV, because of a carriage dispute.
According to TVO, it was asked by the government to reduce its reliance on public funding and has decided to try to earn revenue from distribution outside Ontario. As of Sept. 1, 2011, cable and satellite providers are required to get permission from over-the-air television stations before distributing them outside their home markets. TVO has more than 200 transmitters across Ontario (though most of them will be shut down between July 31, 2012, and October 2013).
Videotron, the main cable player in Quebec, is still carrying the channel on its digital service on channel 77. Rogers cable customers outside Ontario (it also operates in Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and parts of eastern Quebec) have also lost the service.
Bell's media relations didn't immediately respond to a request for comment, but a customer service representative said "it was removed due to poor viewership."
The fact that I'm hearing about this more than a week after it happened suggests they may be right.
TVO is known mainly for its children's, educational and current affairs programming, including The Agenda with Steve Paikin