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Cable TV opens world of communication in 1971

The Story

When TV came to Canada in 1952, the only way to watch CBC (and, if you lived close to the border, channels from the U.S.) was to pull in the transmitter signal from an antenna on your roof. Twenty years later, cable is the newest innovation in TV, bringing viewers up to nine channels in a single coaxial cable plugged into the TV. In 1971, the CBC program Weekend talks to cable company founder Ted Rogers and looks at the future possibilities cable can bring into the home: shopping, banking and learning in front of a screen.
But what will the wired city really mean in the future? Host Ian Rodger literally duels with engineer Gordon Thompson of Bell Canada Northern Electronic Research about its implications for human communications.

Medium: Television
Program: Weekend
Episode: The Wired World
Host: Clive Baxter
Reporter: Ian Rodger
Guest: Ted Rogers, Gordon Thompson
Duration: 8:27

Did You know?

• Cable TV gained a foothold in Canada in the late 1960s. Subscribers paid for the signal from cable companies, which packaged and distributed television channels via coaxial cable. 

• Cable companies were licensed by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, which stipulated in 1969 that Canadian channels must be offered at the top of the cable lineup. 



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