No Canadian Channels???
FiosNewbie
Newbie

When I signed up for Fios service including TV, the representative told me I'd get all the "local" channels we currently got on Time-Warner Cable.  Now 6 days after installation, I find no way to get ANY Canadian pogramming.  In Buffalo, NY area cable has always included feeds of CFTO, CHCH and CBLT to get the Canadian network news and programming.  I feel decceived?

1) Does anybody know about getting Canadian content?

2) Does anyone have experience with switching back away from Fios?  I understand I only have 15 days or I'm stuck on the annual plan.

Thanks, FiosNewbie

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ChiChi4
Newbie

I agree. This sucks, but it's my own fault for not noticing they weren't part of the "local" offerings.

Btw, CHCH hasn't been offered by Adelphia/TW in ages, decades, literally but I do miss the late night movies on CBLT in particular.

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EEEEEE
Enthusiast - Level 3

I agree, CBC has fantastic Olympics coverage and a great HD picture!  A roof top antenna in many cases can pick up the signal for free over the air.  You just need an HD tuner and you are all set!  No need to pay TW for just a few channels that will look terrible anyway.  Do they even have the Canadian channels in HD?  I don't think they do.

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Buffman31
Newbie

I agree, when the Winter Olympics are on, you can't beat the Canadians in coverage. We'd watch them to catch it live, and not wait for NBC to butcher it.

I did keep TWC just for canadian TV, specifically Hockey Night in Canada ( unnatural need to check out Don Cherry in the 1st intermission). Trying to get OTA in my neighborhood is tough.

PLEASE VERIZON, ADD CBC/CTV/CFTO! And yes, they have HD channels.

Off topic, crossing fingers for MSG HD soon. Tough to watch Sabres in SD.

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hughlt
Newbie

FWIW, I am considering switching from Comcast to Verizon for internet and maybe TV.    I watch relatively little TV, but absolutely love the CBC coverage of World Cup ski racing:  the focus is on the sport, and the commentary is interesting and good.   The American network coverage is awful by comparison (lots of human interest; strikingly less actual skiing).   The coverage of track and field is great, too.

Hey Verizon!    Make my decision easy!    Get the CBC (at least the sports).

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MikeGD
Newbie

My neighbors just informed me that they can get over the air Canadian reception using an outdoor antenna in their attic here in south Everett.  That might be our only option.  

BTW - I think CTV is the Olympics coverage network.

Verizon!

It's not too late!

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skottey
Enthusiast - Level 2

You are willing to give up the goodness that is FIOS HD linup (all 26 HBO/Max channels) over a few Canadian OTA channels? I understand your frustration but I know TW isn't offering you as many HD channels as FIOS. If HD isn't your bag, than switch back for sure. But anybody who is an HDTV viewer knows that FIOS has the most channels in any market.

Maybe you can get a good roof antenna and pick up the Canadian channels. Or how about a barebones TW standard package that includes the Canadian channels? I'd keep FIOS and get TW as a secondary provider or move forward with instaling a good roof antenna. 

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squatch1967
Enthusiast - Level 2

Similar slight disappointment out here in Seattle. When FIOS first came to my neighborhood late last summer, their initial channel listings guide had the Vancouver CBC station, CBUT listed but that has never materialized.

I wonder if FIOS is having problems with getting contracts with them or the local cable companies have exclusive deals? Or maybe there are transmission issues to get to FIOS? Just some thoughts...

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freewill
Newbie

We miss CBUT/CBC too in Seattle/Kirkland WA after having Comcast - so, this is the best way to  let Verizon know? Seems like there are LOTS of other channels that are getting more votes than from folks in the Northern USA who like Canada...

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bigspank
Newbie

I suspect it's either the Canadian channels not wanting to contract out to Verizon, or Verizon doesn't want to pay to subscribe to the channels.  It's rather disappointing because out here on the West coast, NBC will be tape delaying their primetime programming for the winter games.  Living her in Seattle and being so close to the games, we'll have to wait 3 hours to see the "Live" event.

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littlebatty
Newbie
Good theories squatch1967.  I"m concerned about not having Canadian broadcasts of the upcoming Olympics for the first time in 20-plus  years given the typically abysmal U.S. media coverage.  I heard CTV won the contract from CBC this year, but I haven't heard any news about a fios presence, so might have to watch it online.
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skottey
Enthusiast - Level 2

@littlebatty wrote:
  given the typically abysmal U.S. media coverage.

What?????????

NBC and all their cable channels are taken over when it comes to the Olympics! Universal, CNBC, MSNBC and more... they all have their share of coverage during the summer Olympics. They don't during the Winter games? 

Obviously if you are watching on a Canadian television channel it is going to be Canadian-centric. They aren't exactly going to follow US teams or individuals around with coverage. If Canadian hockey is your ball of wax, great, but I'll watch on US cable and watch US teams and individuals!

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littlebatty
Newbie

You're right, there is much better coverage, especially the last 10 years or so (since NBC?).  

  

I like the Canadian broadcasts because I like the chance to view sports which most other coutries but ours participate in (rugby, cricket, curling, squash). 

I know I shouldn't complain.  I should just make the two hour drive to Vancouver and see it in person.

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bigdaddyfios
Enthusiast - Level 2
Hey this is the USA not Canada therefore it is not a local station eh!
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cdkscully
Newbie

Toronto stations are local to Buffalo.  For example, our PBS stations is advertised as BUFFALO-TORONTO.

Under our cable, the western NY region ALWAYS had canadian stations. 

when I got satellite and fios, the canadian channels are missing. 

Those channel are CTV (9) and CBC (5). 

Will fios be adding those to our lineup OR does the cable market have the rights to the Toronto stations?

Thankyou.

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tommvee1
Newbie

I had heard that the Canadian channels are not digital and therefore can't be added to FIOS or the satelite providers. Maybe the Canadians need to get with the times and update their TV, eh. I too miss the CBC.Smiley Sad

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snowdann
Newbie

Depends on where you live, don't you think?

Like Seattle - where my local ski hill is north of Vancouver and the Canucks are our team - which CBC carries along with other hockey games.

but if I want to watch them Verizon wants an $80 one time charge. Plus I like to watch the local news from  our friends to the north - they've got tons of other countires news and local programming -

I just might switch back to Commiecast when my contract is up.

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