It's cheaper than PayPal. It's cheaper than Interac Email. Heck, it's cheaper than the ATM transaction fees to taking out cash. Too bad it is yet another bank account to manage. It would have been nice if they had buy-in from Interac for this.
But cheap cars can succeed. Just look at the Hyundai Pony. It was the best selling car in Canada the year it was released.
Parent reading the bedtime story vs. Kindle2 reading the bedtime story is an interesting argument. Let's take it further - it's 100 years into the future and the android nanny is putting the kids to bed. Is it illegal for the nanny to read the bedtime story aloud? It's text-to-speech after all. This is like a really boring chapter of I, Robot...
I don't even see how this would reduce revenue at all.
Today if I want an audiobook, I'll go buy the audiobook. I won't buy the paper book as well.
In the future, when TTS is perfect and indistinguishable from a real human, if I want an audiobook I'll go buy the book and have my eBook read it to me.
In both scenarios, I purchased the book once. And as noted, in scenario 2 I can't resell the eBook. Why are they against this again? Maybe the Voice Actors Guild should be worried, but not the author's guild.
I sure hope there is a 5th season, but I have no evidence either way.
It's also led to a LOT of news and talk shows. On CTV today I see news at 6AM-9AM (news talk show), 12-1PM, 1PM-1:30PM (news talk show), 5-5:30PM, 5:30-6:00PM, 6:00-7:00PM, 7-7:30PM (news talk show), 11-11:30PM, and 11:30PM-midnight. 8 hours of "news" programming, all of it Canadian content. I don't see any other Canadian programming on at all today on CTV.
If you are talking about Bell TV and Star Choice inserting commercials into US broadcasts, then you need to blame the US broadcasters. The same thing happens in smaller markets in the US - the broadcaster has a "national" commercial that the "local" re-broadcaster is allowed to replace. In this case, the re-broadcaster is Bell TV and Star Choice.
If you are talking about Bell TV and Star Choice replacing the US broadcast with the Canadian broadcast of the same show, you can blame licensing agreements. For example, CTV pays for the rights to show CSI in Canada. If you try to watch it on CBS instead, you can't because the CTV feed gets put in place of the CBS feed during that show. (The CRTC is only involved in that there is a long list of rules defining when and how they can make this switch.) The re-broadcaster (Bell TV, Star Choice) is forced to make this switch - they don't have any say in the matter.
You can already see similar agreements in place online. Try heading on over to comedycentral.com from anywhere in Canada and you will be redirected to thecomedynetwork.ca. The CRTC and your ISP didn't have anything to do with it.
ReGenesis is, without a doubt, the best SciFi show on the air today.
If a local Canadian station is over-the-air broadcasting the same show, in the same format, at the same time as a US station, then the CRTC says that the cable/satellite company must "override" the US broadcast for the Canadian one. If CTV is broadcasting the superbowl in SD only, and NBC is showing it in HD, you don't get the substitution on the HD channel. There are very few HD over-the-air channels in Canada right now (Vancouver and Toronto mostly, CTV just launched an HD broadcast in Calgary a few days before the superbowl) so most people (unless they are on Bell TV, who just gives the whole country the Toronto feeds) still get unmolested US HD feeds.
Amazon even disables their service within the US if you don't use a US credit card. (I can walk into any record store in the US while on vacation and buy a CD or DVD using my credit card, but I can't buy songs or videos from Amazon because I don't have a US billing address. How silly.)
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