Monday, March 31, 2008

the other 13%

I wonder how many households in Canada have access to cable and/or satellite TV, and how many depend on over-the-air programming? Ten years ago such questions may have popped into my head and gone unanswered, but now the answer is 5 minutes away via Google.

The title of this CRTC report, "How Many Canadians Subscribe to Cable TV or Satellite TV", is exactly what I was looking for. Both Nielsen Media and StatsCan numbers are remarkably similar - something like 87% of Canadians subscribe to cable or satellite TV. The other 13% get whatever scraps are broadcast over the air.

I'm now one of the other 13%.

I had reduced my subscription to Basic cable some time ago because I found I wasn't watching any of the premium channels in the more expensive subscription packages. Today I cancelled Basic cable because I can't even remember the last time anyone in the family watched anything on any cable channel.

I haven't dropped Shaw entirely, though - they still provide me with my precious Internet link. The only way I'll be giving that up is when someone pries it from my cold, dead fingers.


  1. Sure - I bet you are watching shows you download from the Internet! Nobody in my family has the patience/skill/ etc. to download stuff off the internet with torrent etc., transfer it to some box in the living room, and then watch. And AppleTv sucks in Canada. In the US you can subscribe to lost. In canada, with ITunes you can subscribe to subsidized content the state would have me watch, like Robson Arms.

  2. Let's just say that Shaw is kinda sorta providing me with television, but perhaps not in a way they intended [grin].

    As for Robson Arms... I was blissfully unaware that it existed until you mentioned it here. Of course, that prompted me to look it up - and now that's 5 minutes of my life that I'll never get back. Thanks a lot [grrr]!