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Blackouts in Canada? Why are they allowed?

Question asked by on Sep 27, 2013
Latest reply on Sep 27, 2013 by shaw-lance

I have a question. with regards to blackouts, such as the one just announced today "Due to Canadian black-out regulations, MSNBC will not be showing the ALMA Awards or Aftershow on channel 86." and my question is: "We pay for a service buy subscribing to the channel, such as the one indicated above. So why then, if the customer is actually paying for the service, why does the CRTC, or whichever body governs the above blackout, have the ability to black out certain shows and channel programs?" I have never been able to figure out who actually says, "blackout" and what power the consumer granted them to do so?