|reply to pnh102 |
I want to watch television. Let's examine potential options:
1) Over The Air: Unavailable. There is no reception whatsoever in or near my apartment.
2) Satellite TV: Unavailable. My lease expressly forbids the dish, and even if it didn't, I have no line of site to the satellite.
3) IPTV: Unavailable. CRTC regulation prevents IPTV providers from offering service outside their own physical last-mile, and Bell won't sell you IPTV unless you switch to their internet, which has a cap too low for my needs.
4) Analog cable: Unavailable. Because it's a deprecated service, the cable companies that still carry an analog signal will not sell it to new customers.
5) Digital cable: Available. Lower image quality than everything except analog cable.
So, if I want to watch television, perhaps catch a hockey game, my only option is one service from one company. Yeah, nobody is holding a gun to my head to force me, but since one company has an effective monopoly over the entire class of service, I don't have any other option if I want to watch many things.
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#2, if you have line of sight they can't "forbid" you from using a dish. It is against the law. The only thing they can forbid you from is attaching it to the dwelling. You can run a pole that is in an 5 gallon bucket of cement up to 15' above (if I recall correctly) the roof line and there isnt a single thing they can say.