That's one crazy place, that Canada
country. While local governments in the US plead for new companies to enter their programming markets for the sake of added competition, the Great North's CRTC
must be convinced that new stations will not
compete with an existing analog / pay-TV channel before receiving approval. Thus, three separate applications from High Fidelity HDTV "to operate two new English language high-definitions [Diversion HD and Canada HD] and one standard-definition [Diversion SD] channel in Canada" were squashed. Reportedly, the agency proclaimed that these channels would "compete with stations owned by Astral, CTVGlobemedia and Rogers," which apparently gives it the right to slam the "denied
" button. Baffling, huh?