September 24, 2015
The online channel Cable 14 launched on Tuesday September 22nd in Hamilton, Ontario. This new local web platform is accessible on various connected devices. Three local companies partnered to make the local service Cable 14 Now possible (Cable 14, Clearcable networks and Ancaster’s Hyfire).
Starting Oct. 31, 2015, Cable 14 Now will be available to Rogers and Cogeco cable television subscribers at no charge, augmenting their regular Cable 14 broadcast. Additionally to the local live web stream, all of Cable 14’s programming content will be available on an on-demand basis after the regular broadcast. The service is currently available via the web for free.
Cable 14 Now hold the rights of diversified sports content such as the Ontario Hockey League games and also offers viewers a number of local affairs shows.
This is a first step towards the development of local online community channels across the country, with a new service being launched in Quebec next week.
Community is one the three pillars of Canadian Broadcasting Act as defined by the CRTC.
The CRTC recently announced the hearing dates for a policy review for community and local television debuting in January 2016.