CRTC approves WBTS-LD for Canadian carriage

Tim Ripley
Mon Jan 2 09:20:54 EST 2017

According to the CRTC decision, that is indeed the case...under CRTC regs, that's why Canadian cablecos have the local WGN feed and not WGN America, and Peachtree TV instead of TBS. 

    On Sunday, January 1, 2017 7:37 AM, Kevin Vahey <> wrote:

 Early this morning the only ID showing on Comcast is WBTS-TV 
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My understanding of the CRTC rules are the relay to the uplink must be the over the air signal - so Canada is most likely getting WBTS-LD

In Massachusetts the signal we get on Comcast is direct fiber to the headend. 
On Sun, Jan 1, 2017 at 6:54 AM, Tim Ripley <> wrote:

To clarify, that's 2am Eastern (3am here in the Maritimes)... 

    On Sunday, January 1, 2017 7:52 AM, Tim Ripley <> wrote:

 Bell TV, the Canadian DTH service that carries Boston network affiliates, made the switch sometime overnight (they got approval to switch on December 20th, with major Canadian cableco Rogers backing them up). I spotted an on-screen WBTS/WNEU/WMFP ID at the start of American Ninja Warrior at 2am, so I'm guessing Bell threw the switch around that time, as the last NBC show listed for WHDH was SNL...Bell's on-screen program guide had NBC Boston programming listed from 4am on when I checked it yesterday- unfortunately, someone forgot to gave the info to the companies that supply program listings to the newspapers here in Atlantic Canada, as they're still carrying listings for WHDH at this point! 

    On Saturday, December 31, 2016 4:24 AM, Kevin Vahey <> wrote:

 It appears most Canadian cable and satellite operators will simply swap
WBTS-LD for WHDH. archive/2016/2016-489.htm




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