The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.The CRTC is facing some difficult times ahead when it comes to deciding who should be on analog cable. There’s also pressure being put on the commission to force some analog services, such as The Shopping Channel or Speedvision, to give up their coveted spot on the analog dial.  The commission is acutely aware that for every new channel that launches on analog, that means about six less channels for new digital services. For cable operators, the issue comes down to money. One analog channel equals profit; six digital channels equals loss, at least for the foreseeable future. Broadcast licensees are also aware of the risks, which is why many want to keep one foot firmly planted in the analog world when they move to digital. That message was clear during last year’s hearings into the digital distribution of French-language specialty channels outside Quebec. These channels didn’t mind being carried on a digital tier across Canada, as long as they didn’t lose their analog spots in the process. Now the CRTC is under pressure to make room for two more analog channels. A June hearing will decide if the World Television Network/Le Réseau Télémonde Inc wins a 12-year battle to launch on analog. In its most recent application, it’s upped the ante by asking for a duplicate channel on digital. Federal politicians have also waded into the debate over CPAC. They’re demanding that the Parliamentary channel be distributed in both French and English. That which would require a second analog channel, unless the the CRTC opts for a more bandwidth-friendly solution: one video feed, and two audio channels. Then there are those services currently on analog that some Canadian services would love to see bumped to digital. The Shopping Channel has been an obvious target for years. Not only is it effectively unregulated, it’s also owned by a cable company. There’s also a case for moving some American-owned services onto digital, although fear of triggering a trade dispute with the U.S. could nix that idea. The solutions won’t come easy, and in all likelihood, they won’t satisfy everyone.