Route 66 - of course it is a 4x U.S. border stations' exclusive.
I couldn't fall asleep much yesterday. Two evening coffees will do that.
So at 2 a.m. I got out of bed and tried the 'over-the-air subchannels' TV. Ending was a Christmas episode of* The Beverly Hillbillies upon TCT-kids. Fun stuff as they drove around the Los Angeles freeway. Then at the top of the hour I channel surfed.
You know,,, I know,,,
Guess what I found over on the recent arrival Rev'n (56.2). Route 66. That makes Rev'n the FOURTH U.S. subchannel (semi-receivable^ here in Toronto) to carry this anthology styled adventure series in the past three years. The others were/are RTV (until 2011 at ch. 2.2), MeTV (ch. 67.1/67.3), and Retro (56.2, apparently a vastly downscaled and brand adjusted RTV - now mainly showing a variety of older Doctor Who episodes every weeknight). Rev'n doesn't generally carry any fictional shows; it is actually comprised of mostly former car review and off-road motorsport programs of the 1993-2008 era.
Earlier on, at 7 p.m. I encountered an option that might have caused an argument between my S. Ontario located folks: the once a week scheduled Black Sheep Squadron on one channel (MeTV) , versus a Bobby Darrin special (with Bob Hope) on another (Throwback Television, 56.4).
Canadian Industry really is this pathetic. For all the Rogers/Shaw Shomi, 'our' publicly private billion dollar subsidized [excluding an Ontario only separate TVO], "its free", CBC network, and Bell Media's latest CraveTV self-bravo's, we are literally getting lapped at least 3 times over in comparison to American Industry's minor league competitors. TV is merely Canada's easiest to identify societal failure to compete, or to even permit and nurture in-country competition. Ever noticed a map of North America's oil and gas pipelines, refineries, and drilling sites? Ever try - if allowed(!) - to buy the same product (Cdn., U.S. or Overseas made), from both nations? Same Canadian/U.S. non-activity for here deal. * MeTV has been carrying various TV Christmas episodes at every weeknight, so far, this month. I couldn't count just how many series' examples I have found - across all of the Buffalo, NY, over-the-air(!) retro TV subchannels. Someone in the United States believes that they get make a financial go of an out-of-date car reviews station. And they have the industry freedom to try and maybe to fail or succeed. One of the two movie channels broadcasting from Buffalo had recently taken on a partial schedule of varied college sports. And yes, the United States of America has big company(s) cable, satellite, and internet streaming services, too. They also have Freedom of Industry for all! The last time I checked there were about a dozen applicants, in Canada, hoping for a tiered-only cable channel licence, as limitedly granted by a government agency and deliverable only via a tightly controlled ownership cartel. Virtually all of these applicants were denied of course; Bell Media's marquee sitcom of the 2000s received government funding for a so-called movie, which expectedly played at just a few actual theatre screens for less than a week this month. ^ Our CRTC also requests various frequency restrictions against U.S. border stations. The channel 56 lineup of subchannels has a directional blockage; similar to how Hamilton's non-cartelled exception, CHCH, has its lowered transmission power permission.