Thursday, November 10, 2005

Howard Stern Not Coming to Canada


Updated, February 1, 2006: Sirius Canada has indicated that they will carry Howard Stern starting February 6. See the item here.

I'm going to leave the rest of this post as is.



While I'm still in favour of satellite radio coming to Canada, I will not be subscribing. The only reason I wanted to was because I thought Howard Stern would be available in Canada [GlobeTechnology,
Viewing the future].
Howard Stern is not part of the Sirius Canada initial channel line-up at this time. He is not scheduled to begin broadcasting with Sirius in the U.S. until January, 2006. In the normal course of business, Sirius Canada will continuously review the channel line-up to ensure they are providing the best programming available on radio anywhere in Canada. Sirius Canada brings to listeners today an unrivaled radio experience: the broadest selection of commercial free music, sports, talk and entertainment.
Now, the popular theory is that the CRTC is blocking the move by Sirius Canada to put Howard on the lineup. In looking at the only transcript, they just talk about what would happen if CBC pulled out of the deal with Sirius should they get complaints about Howard. That would mean that the Sirius Canada license would be solely owned by an American company.

Two words: who cares?

Here's my thing. It's a for pay service. Somebody just can't stumble upon Howard if they don't want to. Somebody has to (a) buy an expensive radio receiver, (b) subscribe to a service that says "this carries Howard Stern", (c) pay $14/month for it, and (c) flip through a kabillion stations and then "stumble" upon Howard to be offended because he swears or, heaven forbid, talks about doody or a female body part. Is it vulgar? Yes. Is it crude? Yes.

I'm not listening because I'm looking to be enlightened. I'm looking to be entertained - it's entertaining to hear fart noises. I'm puerile that way. Plus, I have two fully functioning arms such that when something I hear on the radio or the TV offends me, I switch it off. I don't need an agency to tell me when I should be offended.

I mean, nobody stumbles upon Showcase on Friday nights at 12:30 pm and expects to see Mr. Dressup. Come on you morons. If the CBC gets complaints because somebody "accidentally" tripped over Howard Stern while surfing Sirius, they deserve to be branded a moron.

If they carry Howard, I will subscribe.

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39 comments:

Anonymous said...

I could not physically agree with you any more than I do. It is absolutley stupid not to have Howard on Sirus and I just glad that I find out before subscribing to this crap. I need to find a way to get Sirus in the states.

CRTC are a bunch of pussies

Anonymous said...

I agree..I will miss Howard when he leaves for Sirius. The only
reason i was going to subscribe.
I dont see what the problem is...when you can watch the Osbournes, Trailer park boys,,,etc..on regualar cable tv?
If you know where i can subscribe to the grey market please let me know.

CRTC: are a bunch of confused #*&^$

Jim (Progressive Right) said...

There's an online petition to ask Sirius to include Howard in their lineup:

http://www.petitiononline.com/sterncan/
petition.html

Rye said...

I also agree. I was 110% pumped to get my SIRIUS radio and tune-in for Howard's ground-breaking uncensored show. Now I'm 120% un-pumped. If anything, I'm going to go with XM or with a grey market SIRUIS. What a let-down.

I've been doing a lot of research -- mostly in forums and reading news -- and nothing really says "why" Howard isn't part of the original line-up. I'd love to blame the CRTC, but it just doesn't make any sense. This is PAY radio, just like PAY T.V. I can't even begin to fathom their [CRTCs] explanation as to why they would "block" Howard's show.

Some people have been calling in to Howard's show asking him to find out what the deal is on his show in Canada. Hopefully he'll be able to find out.

All I ask for is an explanation. If the CRTC is behind this I don't know what to say... "give me my tax dollars back you a$$ holes"!


R.

Wacousta said...

I am in agreement with all of you here. This is what I can't understand...I currently subscribe to digital cable and The Movie Network and (fairly) hardcore, graphic porn is available after midnight every night of the week. I honestly thought we were ahead of the religious right wing nuts in the U.S....If I ever lost interest in one of Stern's radio programs (or felt offended), I could change the channel. What the ^$%& is wrong here? We are not morons in this country (unless, of course we are politicians).

Who wants to change things?

Anonymous said...

I agree with everyone here. Anyone in charge of making this call at the CRTC should eat shit and die. This country is a fucken joke... I can't believe they can even call Canada a "free" country yet the goddamn CRTC gets to tell us what we can and can't PAY to LISTEN TO??!?! Hmm.. If there's going to be some volgarity on the radio then lets only sell the recievers to customers 19yrs and older... Right.. No but any fucking 12year old kid can go buy a fresh copy of Grand Theft Auto for PS2... What a joke. Canada Sucks.. Im Livid..
I just want to pay my 14.00 a month and listen to Stern...
On second thought Fuck That,, IM MOVING TO IRAQ.. Its gotta be better there,, At least its the Americans telling me what to do and not some SHIT HEAD Canadian Politician.. Cya in the Desert.
-Langer

Anonymous said...

I use grey market sirius - love in now it is easy I used a friends address in the states and my credit card.

No mail is sent to them - you can specify when you sign up.

F -the CRTC

Anonymous said...

F the CRTC!!! Censorship sucks!!!

Anonymous said...

I wrote the CRTC and demanded to know what's going on. They sent me back about 15 references to convoluted meeting minutes and policies, indicating this decision has nothing to do with them, it was a decision made by Sirius. I believe they're knuckling under, afraid of the challenges based on racism..they ran frightened when Howard roasted the French. Q107 bailed quicker than you could say, 'lawsuit'.

Anonymous said...

Maybe if you don't listen to his crap, you might have a life losers!

Howard Stern looks like an old lady! He's old, bitter, washed up and whines all the time. Admit it he's not the same anymore and people are tired of the same shit he's been doing for 30 years. He's not a happy man and you can tell. Find a real role model.

Anonymous said...

No matter what happens, we can all rest assured that the 90 year old men and the man-hating lesbians working for the CRTC can always tell us when to be offended. Howard Stern is and always will be a radio icon. What exactly is the point of buying a radio receiver, paying for the service, and then being denied the right to listen to Howard Stern should I do so. It is funny how the Trailer Park Boys (great show, i love it) and the Osbournes (Ok, Ozzy is great) are broadcast on public airwaves that any child can sit on the remote and stumble across, but yet we as grown men and women cannot choose to listen to another grown man who happens to have a potty mouth. Thanks CRTC, how would we ever get along without you?

Anonymous said...

just received the grey market sat and it's AWWWWSOME!
Go to the states and pick up one of theirs, go ONLINE only, the 800 number will connect you to the Cdn Sirius (NOT). Use your own address but when prompted for the state you live in, look in the phone book for the proper phone prefex and use it. Then, find a Zip code that is for the state you are using, give them a credit card and you're good to go.
Long F the CRTC!

Anonymous said...

I agree completely. Nothing angers me more than a company that offers a for pay service, and then tries to censor that service for me. If I'm going to pay for something (don't forget...on top of the charge for the radio itself, you're paying 178 bucks a year for the service -- a lot of people only see monthly payments as that, monthly payments. I like to automatically project how much I'd be paying a year for the service), I want to CHOOSE what I do and do not take from that service.

Sirius Canada is making a huge mistake by not including Stern in their lineup. I just wrote them, asking if he'd be involved...and they actually responded with a canned email saying that "he's not on any satellite service as of yet, and won't be in the States until January 2006...but check out our lineup!!" It was like, thanks for insulting my intelligence. Like I didn't know when his Satellite show would be starting. Duh.

Well, here's hoping they pry their heads out of their asses. Considering that there's a petition (http://www.PetitionOnline.com/sterncan/) with close to 2000 signitures, maybe that will give them an idea of people who want him on the air in Canada.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone tell me if there is a way around all this crap? Is it possible to purchase a sirius radion in the US and a gift card subscription with a US address. I am going crazy here not knowing if Sirius Canada will carry him or not.

Thanks

Anonymous said...

Walked into future shop to buy a radio and walked out when I found Stern would not be on. Will be back in when he is on. Don't think it is the CRTC that is blocking directly but it is fear of the Quebec contingent on the board of the CRTC. The CRTC is the biggest enemy of freedom in Canada.

Jim (Progressive Right) said...

Can anyone tell me if there is a way around all this crap? Is it possible to purchase a sirius radion in the US and a gift card subscription with a US address. I am going crazy here not knowing if Sirius Canada will carry him or not.

Just for the record, this blog does not endorse the use of grey market satellite radios.

That said, have a look at about 3 comments above yours. Don't know if that'll work...

Anonymous said...

@JIM - What the hell are you talking about grey market satellite radios. Who the hell mentioned that???

Jim (Progressive Right) said...

Exactly.

Anonymous said...

I don't really know if it is a CRTC decision or Sirius, because we get a RAW DOG Comedy channel that is uncensored and at times is worse then what Stern says. When I wrote Sirius about it they replied with this:

"Thank you for writing us about Howard Stern's availability on SIRIUS Canada. At this time, Howard Stern's channels will not be a part of SIRIUS Canada's initial December 1st channel line-up. Once Howard Stern's channels are live in the US in January, they will be reviewed for consideration to be included in future enhancements to SIRIUS
Canada's premium programming offerings."

Jim (Progressive Right) said...

I think it is a Sirius Canada decision.

I've started a new post about it, please have a look at it and the possibility of Sirius Canada taking Howard in Spring 2006.

Rumour: Howard Stern coming to Sirius Canada Spring 2006?

Anonymous said...

I Bought my SIRIUS on E-bay. Used a friedn's American address. Signed up on-line and paid by credit card. I'm listening to Howard 100 right now. Can't wait until Jan. 9th!!!! When I contacted Sirius Canada whether or not they'll be carrying Howard's show, they said they'll consider adding him in the future. I'm willing to bet if they do add him to the Canadian line-up. It will be on a delay and censored, just like it was on Q107

Dave said...

How can XM Canada carry Opie and Anthony and get away with it? They make Stern look like a choirboy!

Jim (Progressive Right) said...

How can XM Canada carry Opie and Anthony and get away with it? They make Stern look like a choirboy!

That's part of the reason I do not suspect it's a CRTC thing. Opie and Anthony are far worse than Howard Stern (mainly in quality).

Dave said...

"That's part of the reason I do not suspect it's a CRTC thing. Opie and Anthony are far worse than Howard Stern (mainly in quality)"

I agree. I think it's more along the lines of Standard being afraid of losing terrestrial radio audience!

vitres delaver said...

This whole thing pisses me off. Here, copy and email this message to the CRTC at: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/RapidsCCM/Register.asp?lang=E

>>>

This complaint is directed to you, CRTC,
I'm a sirius radio subscriber. I learned today that you have imposed censorship on a service that I PAY FOR! Namely the howard stern show. You have the reputation of a dictatorship so I know this probably falls on deaf ears. I am an adult, intellegent person offended by the fact that you feel the need to extend your censorship into an exclusive market that only some can afford. It's not because of howard stern in particular, but where does it end? Who are you to tell me what I can and cannot listen to on a subscriber funded service? I feel this is an attack on my personal liberty and that you have overstepped your mandate....again.

Angered,
A free citizen of Canada.

>>>

I encourage you to post this anywhere you like
Let's see if democratic protest works.

Anonymous said...

I am not a regular listener of the Stern show, and I was not even aware of sattelite radio or the Stern show going there. Anyways, I was watching Larry King live tonight and Howard Stern was on it. As I listened to the show, I got interested in the idea of buying one of these Sirius units if I could pay to listen to his show. So when I went to Future Shop/Best Buy web site and noticed some people commenting that you can't get Stern in Canada on sattelite, I thought WTF?! I am not much of a political activist, but the thought that there is some body or agency now telling me that I can't even pay to listen to this guy INFURIATES me. Fuck. The thing I like about Stern is he was describing his station/service is like an end to end service for people who like his content -- much the same way like Rolling Stone magazine caters to music people, and Penthouse magazine sold in Canadadian convinience stores is for people who want to pay for porn. So WTF is wrong with this picture and why in hell aren't they broadcasting Stern on sattelite in Canada? This is so INSANE. This is not a free country then.. why are there people telling us we can't listen to this in Canada? Its just radio with profanity and alternative humour, come on. This is the kind of shit which pisses me off about censorship boards, rules regulations or whatever you want to call it. Bullshit.

daved64 said...

Well, I just took the grey plunge. Ordered the Sanyo unit from Sirius, having it shipped to a NY buddy and he's shipping it to me. They won't ship to Canada. Will let you know when I'm up and running.

Anonymous said...

I just read today that at least 80000 Canadians have bought and activated US Sirius receivers, mostly in November and December. I couldn't be happier. What a bunch of dicks the CRTC or whomever it was who made this decision. Really, $500 Million, the most anticipated launch in satellite history and they are not going to let maybe a half million subscribers participate because why? Oh that's right, nobody is saying why. Millions of dollars a month going over the horizon, good job dick heads.

Anonymous said...

I bought my sirius radio at a stereo shop west of T.O. Phone around to the little guys, not future shop. Someone will set you up. This thing is amazing. I'm going out now to drive a round to listen to it. The stern channels are great but there is so much other stuff on their to listen to.It beats the hell out of listening to repetitive radio. The trick described above, about the fake US address will work.

Anonymous said...

Just vote by your subscription, dont fight CRCT or Sirius Canada, save your time. There is always ways to get "grey" sirius if you want one. I'll bring back my unit to the FS next weekend, that would be it for sirius canada for me.

Anonymous said...

I've gone grey also (it IS awsome, and worth the trouble), but have heard that it is illegal. I know we are paying for it, but don't want any flack for it. How scared should I be? How quiet about it should I be to people I know? I'm told they can aim radar at the house or car and know who is using!

Jim (Progressive Right) said...

I've gone grey also (it IS awsome, and worth the trouble), but have heard that it is illegal.

From what I understand, it is not illegal, because there is no law prohibiting them.

They are simply unlicensed.

Anonymous said...

So what does unlicensed mean to Canadians as far as our rights to have Howard goes? How safe are we?

Anonymous said...

Don't worry about it!! It's technically illegal, but almost impossible to enforce since the units are identical ( Can and US).I know dozens of people who have illegal satellite dishes on their house for years, never a problem.I wouldn't tell too many people you have it because these are like gold, they may steal it!The police realy have a lot better things to do than worry about your car radio. If you ever got caught (not gonna happen) I bet some lawyer who is a stern fan would take the case and fight it to try to make a name for himself and get attention.Don't worry about. Enjoy it. Live your life and have a laugh.

Anonymous said...

here is a hint on the side of your sirius box there is a u.s. address use that and activatd on line at sirius.com the 12.95 will be taken off your credit card

Anonymous said...

I'm grey! Fuck the CRTC!

Anonymous said...

How can you sign on whith a fake american address? Won't your credit card be rejected if the address you provide does not match your billing address?

Anonymous said...

"How can you sign on whith a fake american address? Won't your credit card be rejected if the address you provide does not match your billing address?"

They don't seem to care. All I know is it works.

Anonymous said...

I guess everyone has heard the news......Howard will be on the air in Canada Feb.6. Howard announced it on the air as soon as he heard. He did, however, say that it may not last since it could still be censored. He said that it might last two weeks. We will see. Sirius Canada is only bringing in channel 100, not bringing 101. I guess that is ok, as long as Howard stays and is not taken away again!!!