Canadian businessman John Bitove has been trying to his 8-city HDTV OTA station started for a couple of years now, and it appears hearings on the subject will begin in Ottawa today. Along with another network, YES TV, he wants to be the first in the country to form a network without a series of pre-existing stations. Opposition comes in the form of CTV and Global, which aren't looking forward to the increased competition, as they are still in the process of rolling out HDTV OTA nationally. Is it at all surprising who we blame for this state of affairs?

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CRTC to hear applications for new Canadian OTA HDTV networks