Category Archives: Television

Review – Cybersix: The Complete Series DVD

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The recent DVD release of Cybersix has been getting very little buzz online. Since I haven’t been able to find any reviews and the Cybersix comic scanlations I worked on with a couple of other people have proven so popular over the years (they’re here, stop asking), I felt it was only appropriate to write my own review of the set. Continue reading

Over-The-Air TV On The Chopping Block

ohaiotaThe landmark hearings that will determine the future of television in Canada, which I’ve mentioned a couple of times now, are currently in full swing, and it seems that all anyone wants to talk about is the prospect of pick-and-pay. That’s understandable since being able to pick only the stations you want in a cable or satellite package would be highly cathartic to just about anyone. The proposal put forward by the CRTC is actually really great, even revolutionary in a number of ways. There’s one big problem though: a provision that will allow local broadcasters in Canada to shut down their over-the-air transmitters, effectively killing what is supposed to be the fundamental backbone of the entire television industry.

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March 26, 1989

Still waiting for that Blu-ray Disc set...
25 years ago today, Coop walked in but he didn’t walk out.

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Help Determine the Future of Canadian TV, and I Actually Kind of Mean it This Time!

I am so sick of this logoThe CRTC recently launched a survey about the future of Canadian television (open until March 14), and by golly this one is sure to create a whole new media environment! Real change is going to happen with our national regulator this time, and now is your chance to blah blah blah blah, yeah I know. You’re sick of this, right? These same talking points that you’ve heard from me, and probably others, dozens of times? Far too many times. Don’t get me wrong, the fetishization of bureaucracy and regulation is a proud Canadian tradition, and one that I certainly hope we don’t lose anytime soon, but this stuff wears thin after a while. The new survey does raise some problems and solutions that I’ve been harping on about for a while, which I’m glad to see. What’s going to be more interesting to most of you is that it includes some questionable attempts to gather public support for regulating Netflix. If you still have faith in the system, by all means join me after the jump for some of my thoughts. If not… well, hang in there. I’ll be posting about cartoons again soon, I promise.

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Cartoon Network Canada Is Coming, And People Still Care

The confirmation that Teletoon and Turner Broadcasting will be launching a new Canadian version of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim before the end of 2012 may seem to be too little too late for those who had desired the channel in its prime years, but tell that to the countless internet denizens ruminating about its launch. Even websites that have been on unexplained, extended hiatuses for months are getting in on the action.

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Why You Should Care About Digital OTA Television

There is certainly a lot less confusion going around these days over the upcoming transition to digital television on August 31 than there was a few years ago. Unfortunately, a good portion of the public, namely those who have become perfectly content with their expensive cable and satellite packages, seem to be completely unaware of why this is so important. Anyone who thinks that picking up television signals for free with an antenna is a lowly, vestigial practice from the Cold War could certainly learn a lot from the growing number of Canadians embracing it, as well as the countries using it for innovation in mobile phone technology.

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Clear Sailing For The Ceeb… For Now


Speculation has run rampant that Stephen Harper’s majority Tory government would spell certain doom for Canada’s public broadcaster. In light of this fear, former (and presumably current) Heritage Minister James Moore has stepped in to assure Canadians that funding for the CBC will not be decreased.

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Avengers Cartoon Subject To Revisionism Of A New Kind


Marvel’s Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, a series that has already achieved infamy for its unabashedly whitewashed representation of history, saw its first DVD release this week. Astute observers may notice that the Canadian release of the first thirteen episodes bears a rather noticeable omission in its cover art, which can be seen below.

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Journalistic Integrity To Be Euthanized In Canada

The credibility of television news is about to take a huge nosedive in the next of what seems like a series of astounding blunders from the CRTC. The Commission will soon allow Canadian news media to intentionally broadcast what is currently considered false or misleading information. And the deadline to oppose is this Wednesday. (UPDATE: Deadline for one of the submissions has been extended. More after the jump.)

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Anti-UBB Rally Planned For Toronto This Friday, Parliament Hill Saturday

Word is finally spreading that the usage-based billing being implemented by Canadian internet providers this month is a really, really, really bad thing. In response, a Toronto rally is being organized for Friday 4 February 2011 followed by a Saturday rally outside Parliament Hill to communicate the dissatisfaction of pretty much all Canadian society. (Information is available after the jump for those who don’t use Facebook.) While it is likely to be an impressive demonstration, we must remember that all of this public demand may yield nothing more than a slightly less outrageous, but all-too-similar, compromise.

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