The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.The demise of WTSN is proof that mandated carriage won’t guarantee success. Just because a channel is available on all distributors’ systems doesn’t mean digital subscribers will tune in. There was perhaps a problem with the WTSN licence right from the beginning. The rumour around the time of licensing held that CTV had applied for a women’s television network to deflect promises the network made to increase the amount of women’s programming on TSN. Instead, CTV would showcase the women’s programming on a new dedicated network and save it from having to integrate it into TSN’s schedule. So perhaps it wasn’t as committed to the concept as it could have been.   There are, of course, other problems - some of which are common to other diginets. Unfortunately, the diginets find themselves in a Catch 22 situation. They have been forced to cut positions and programming because of low audiences and the inability to generate much advertising. Yet with lots of repeat programming and a dearth of original, high-quality shows because of the high cost of producing them, why would viewers want to tune in? One response last year when CTV realized how much WTSN was struggling was not to give viewers more and better original programming, but to increase the amount of crossover shows it could air. It applied for, and later abandoned, a licence amendment that would have increased the amount of programming airing on WTSN that also appeared on the CTV network and TSN from 10% to 20%. With so much repeat programming and reruns on the diginets, expect more channels to join WTSN and Corus Entertainment’s EdgeTV in the digital channel graveyard. It’s doubtful that all of the digital channels currently on the air will be able to survive long enough to gain the subscriber base and advertising dollars needed to afford original programming. It hasn’t been the new broadcast entrants, such as Stornoway Communications or Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, that have pulled the plug first on their diginets. But others are bound to follow the specialty channel powerhouses of CTV, which has been highly successful in its analog specialty service launches, and Corus, which is the envy of the industry given the success of YTV.