Get Involved: HDTV Cable Boxes Challenged in Canada
Near has launched a new initiative to help
inform Canadians of the issues with the
Canadian cable industry and to provide an easy way for you to write your own
letters to the Canadian Radio-Television and Telephone Commission (CRTC) to request change
and to help bring HDTV and CableCARD so you can take advantage of Vista Media
Center, TiVo, and like devices.
Press Release: “The Canadian Radio-Television and Telephone Commission
(CRTC) is responsible for regulating the cable industry, and has announced that
they will be holding hearings in January to review the regulations governing
cable distribution in this country. Mr. Near has written to the CRTC formally
requesting that they review the issue of set-top-boxes and consider adopting
regulations similar to those in the United States which require cable companies
to work with third-party consumer electronics.”
The website, Drop the
Box has articles on what Canadians have
been missing and provides a way for you to request change. Peter has his letter published, and wants
you to write your own
to hopefully bring change where it is needed.
The deadline is
October 9, so please visit the website and get involved.