The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. The CRTC should grant Rogers Cable its requested licence amendment with regard to the distribution of out-of-market signals, despite the objections of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB). Cablecos have been forced to offer timeshifted channels in digital in order to remain competitive with their direct-to-home satellite TV rivals, and there is no reason why they shouldn’t be treated equally with regard to the compensation they pay for that right without performing simultaneous substitution.  The CRTC rightly mandated that the local programming fund, established in conjunction with the satellite TV distributors’ payment for the right to carry Canadian out-of-market signals, should not be accessed by large private broadcasters. Rogers should be allowed to divert 0.4% of the revenues it pays towards its community channels or into production funds – other than the Canadian Television Fund – as compensation for delivering Canadian timeshifted TV channels as is the case with the DTH operators. The production fund may be helping small broadcasters outside Rogers’ territories, but it will still be going toward the broadcasters that are being the most affected by out-of-market TV signals. The CAB is fighting this request tooth and nail, partly due to its unhappiness with the CRTC’s decision made in conjunction with DTH operators that restricts access to the local programming fund. The CAB argued last year when the CRTC approved a modified version of a proposed deal between the CAB and Bell ExpressVu that it was appropriate to revisit the compensation because the commission had approved only selected portions of the agreement. The CAB will use any opportunity to try to work out a new deal on the distribution of out-of-market signals. But the cable industry should not be the ones to pay for the private broadcasters’ unhappiness with a previous CRTC decision.  The diversion of production funding may not be ideal, but the CRTC should at the very least be consistent in applying compensation to both DTH and cable operators. If Rogers is to remain competitive, it should be allowed to deliver timeshifted channels on the same basis as its rivals. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.