You may be a sports fan or a news junkie. Or maybe your preferences go to documentaries, films, sitcoms or children’s programs. Perhaps you’re most drawn to local or regional programming or maybe you want Hollywood or international content.
If you subscribe to cable or satellite, as you browse through your TV guide, you may notice you have access to all kinds of television channels, some part of your basic package, others to which you can choose to subscribe. In fact, there are now more than 700 television services authorized to broadcast in Canada.
You may like watching television on the big screen in your living room. Or maybe you want to catch videos on-the-go on your smart phone or tablet. Or maybe a little (or a lot) of both. Your television may be received by cable, satellite or Internet Protocol TV (IPTV). You may prefer to watch video content over the Internet or just get local signals on your television set. Maybe you watch content live, record it for later or watch it on demand or online.
The content of television can be compelling to some but of questionable quality or offensive to others. How this content is aired and accessed is a delicate balance between freedom of expression and a respect for community standards. An overwhelming majority of Canadians receive their television programming from cable or satellite providers. Whether it is programming, billing or customer service issues, an important goal for the CRTC is providing Canadians with the tools they need to make informed choices about programming for themselves and their families.