Tough news for Canadians looking forward to tuning into a pair of new OTA HDTV stations in the future -- the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has shot the whole thing down. Reportedly, the entity found that there was no "compelling reason" to grant a license for a "superstation" equivalent that HDTV Networks was proposing. Additionally, it denied a similar request from YES TV after it was "not convinced that the applicant could fulfill its programming commitments, among other things." Of course, we can't say for sure that the CRTC was just looking to just spoil some harmless fun, but stifling the expansion of additional high-def options doesn't sound like a totally beneficial thing to do (from the outside looking in, anyway).

[Via Here's How]

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CRTC puts the kibosh on two Canadian HD channels