Posted 18 January 2010 - 06:40 AM
- CBC Newsworld. This used to be on DirecTV. It was then bought by a person we cannot mention to present his views on an issue we cannot discuss. I always thought that this channel was a natural. There are 10s of 1000s of Canadians who have retired to Florida, Nevada and Arizona. I always though that a source of news from "back home" would be appreciated, but it apparently was not. I never understood the CBC's view of the world. Stuff that happens in Nova Scotia is somehow more important to somebody in British Columbia than something that happened in Washington State. And complex trade and environment issues that are generally not even discussed in the USA are an all-consuming "crisis" and presented in start black (the USA) and white (Canada) terms.
- CNNI. Also previously on DirecTV. Pretty lame. It did not cover "international news", it covered local news that happened in other countries. When it did cover actual international news, its view point was typical of CNN.
- BBC News. I would welcome a source of BBC News, however, judging from the radio, this is a service in a decline. Again, a weird view of the world. Things that happen in anyplace that used to belong to England are more important than things that happen elsewhere.
- Al Jezeria. With respect, this is "Al Quieda TV". Any network that presents messages from mass-murderers as if they are "viewpoints" should be unwelcome for distribution in any civilisized country. If a responsible news operation gets a taped rant from a mass murderer, it should, publically, destroy it without openning it, and inform the United States Marine Corps of who the courier that gave it to it was, so he can be brought to justice and perhaps "pursuaded" to tell on his contact and so on up the chain to justice. Some things are simply right and wrong. Mass murder is wrong and people who think differently are not entitled to be heard.
- Regional state news networks. I do not think DirecTV wants to go there. It is just too much bandwidth. I think there are at least 70 of these things, I really do not know of a place that does not have one, and they are pretty much uninteresting outside their area, except to move-aways and such.
- Sky. If I understand correctly, Sky is part of the Fox group (NEWS Corp) and part of the sharing deal is that it various versions are not available elsewhere.
- Mainland Euro channels. Again often on DirecTV in the past. Pretty even handed, but other than the occasional glimpse, kind of uninteresting.