The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.Two Canadian companies are hoping the CRTC will make an exception to its digital-only rule for new services and grant them what could be the last two analog channels on Canadian cable.  World Television Network (WTM) and Food Network Canada have very different reasons for wanting to jump ahead of the pack of 452 digital wannabees, aside from the obvious advantage of reaching 7+ million homes. After all, this could be the last time a specialty channel wins a "licence to print money". Both applicants may be jumping the queue, but only one is being opposed by the Canadian Cable Television Association and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. The lobby groups are united in their opposition to WTM, and in their support of Food Network Canada. Of course, the food network bid is unusual in that it's proposing to replace the U.S.-owned Food Network, which is distributed to 2.4 million Canadian homes, with a majority Canadian-owned equivalent. Normally such a move would evoke heavy-handed trade sanctions from our neighbours in the U.S. Trade Office (remember Country Music Television?). Food Network Canada's application, however, has handed the CRTC the sugar-coated solution it needs to promote Canadian-owned services, without peeing in the corn flakes of U.S. officials. The reason is that the U.S.-owned service will become a partner in Food Network Canada. As for WTM, for those who are connoisseurs of good quality foreign programming - news and films in particular - Dan Iannuzzi's application is attractive. While 30 cents/sub may be a bit steep, his request for analog distribution has merit when you consider that he's been trying for over a decade to launch the service. If the CRTC grants WTM its licence, the decision may have more to do with making amends than the merits of giving a niche channel broad cable distribution. Both the CCTA and the CAB certainly believe that WTM should move to the back of digital licence line. If the CRTC approves either application, it will raise the ire of some digital applicants. It's far easier to present altruistic reasons for giving a service like the Aboriginal Television Network analog carriage, than it is for food and sub-titled programming, regardless of their niche appeal.