That is because Canada does not have those idiotic judges that do not believe in the freedom to watch what we want.
You clearly know nothing about Canadian TV laws, it is MUCH more restrictive than you think, it's not like the FCC where only OTA television stations are regulated. Even cable channels need a license from the CRTC and they regulate EVERYTHING, from what channels can be offered, the formats of said channels, how much Canadian content those channels must air, what channels every provider must carry, which channels can only be offered in certain packages among other things.
The CRTC only allows a select list of US markets to be carried (Boston, Buffalo, Burlington, Detroit, Erie, Minneapolis, Rochester, Seattle, Spokane, Toledo). Most providers only carry one of these for east/west (Bell Satellite only carries Boston and Seattle, Shaw Direct only carries Detroit, Seattle and Spokane along with Fox Rochester instead of Detroit and PBS Buffalo), while cable providers only carry the one closest to them. (i.e. Toronto cable providers have Buffalo, Montreal has Burlington, the Maritimes have Boston, etc) You also don't get every Canadian feed, most cable providers only offer one feed they choose per timezone.
You do NOT get the US networks in the clear, any time a Canadian channel is airing the show the US feed is replaced with a Canadian feed. Just look at the annual "Why can't you see the SuperBowl Commercials?" articles that spring up every January or the complaints on Canadian media forums since while stations carry US sporting events that replace the US feeds, they skip out on the US in studio segments for their own in studio segments and promos.
It is a completely different model up there where the network owns and programs the stations 24/7 with the only difference being local news. In the US we have ownership caps to prevent one company from owning every affiliate of a major network and network hours are limited to certain times of the day and the rest is syndicated to various competing station groups. If you haven't noticed in the US it's only the stations that have a similar setup with common ownership and uniform scheduling that allow national and/or timeshifting feeds (Univison, Telemundo, Ion, TBN)
All American Direct should stayed in business and offered any local market available to anyone who wants to view these markets no matter where they live.
That was NEVER the purpose of All American Direct, I don't know how many times this needs to be said, DNS is NOT a service to give people any station they want, it's a service to give people access to network television who can't get it otherwise either because their market isn't carried, their market doesn't have an affiliate of that network, line of site issues, etc. If they did try that they would have been stripped of their permission to offer DNS service like Dish was back in 2006 for giving it to people who didn't qualify. All they were doing was leasing one transponder from Dish to offer the east and west feeds of the big 4 networks (the affiliates they carried changed several times) Even in the rare chance the laws change and the contracts between networks, affiliates, studios, syndicators, sports leagues and talent are decalred null and void, there's almost 2000 stations in the USA, good luck finding the bandwidth to put them all on a Conus beam and getting Dish to lease that much bandwidth they could be using for other things like HD channels. You could probably expect massive budget cuts too since without exclusive rights in their market no local business is going to pay millions for a local spot during major events like the Super Bowl if there's no longer the guarantee that everyone in the market is watching on your station.
Edited by KyL416, 19 July 2014 - 09:32 PM.