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Oct 7, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Viacom threatens to pull channels from Canadian TV over pick-and-pay by James Bradshaw

American media giant Viacom Inc. is threatening to move its television stations off the dial and onto an online streaming service if the federal broadcast regulator forces cable and satellite companies to offer channels on a “pick-and-pay” basis.

Oct 3, 2014 — Video Age International

Big Fights For Sports TV Audiences by Isme Bennie

The CRTC says Canadian subscribers have been expressing their dissatisfaction with the price of sports channels and about paying for packages of channels that include those they do not want.

Oct 3, 2014 — Hamilton Spectator

CRTC shown to be irrelevant dinosaur

Author says that unless the CRTC plans to screen material from YouTube, iTunes, satellite radio, streaming online radio and on-demand movies and TV shows, and illegal online sources for adequate amounts of Canadian content, it has no business dictating to Netflix.

Oct 1, 2014 — The Dryden Observer

Take your grubby hands off my Netflix by Chris Marchand

Editorial says Canadian content rules made sense on cable television where programming is set by networks and viewers were railroaded into watching, but they don’t make sense in a medium where viewers have the power to watch practically anything they want at their leisure.

Sep 30, 2014 — EU Kids Online

Children’s changing online experiences in a longitudinal perspective by Uwe Hasebrink

A report from EU Kids Online examining the conceptual and empirical work of the EU Kids Online network from a longitudinal perspective and asking "what can we say about changes in children’s online experiences?"

Sep 30, 2014 — Ottawa Star

CRTC hits delete button on Netflix and Google submissions to TV hearings by Terry Pedwell

The CRTC wrote to the companies, saying it will remove presentations made by the two companies from the public record.

Sep 28, 2014 — Ottawa Citizen

CBC releases details of employee compensation by Jordan Press

Four employees involved in CBC broadcasts earn more than $300,000 a year, taking home on average about $485,667 annually in total compensation. But the public broadcaster won’t identify who they are.

Sep 16, 2014 — Calgary Herald

TekSavvy could be looking into launching a cable service by Patrick O’Rourke

Columnist says that during the CRTC’s latest “Let’s Talk TV” discussions, third-party internet provider TekSavvy announced a new partnership with Hastings CableVision company, possibly signaling that the company has plans to move into providing cable services at some point in the future.

Sep 16, 2014 — The Tyee

Future of TV Hearing Turns into the Netflix Show by Michael Geist

Columnist asks if over the top services such as Netflix threaten Canadian content and whether it matters.

Sep 15, 2014 — OurWindsor.ca

Why over-the-air TV isn’t going away soon by Adam Mayers

One million Canadians get over-the-air television signals with an antenna and many are worried their free TV might soon be cut off.

Sep 15, 2014 — National Post

Disney warns regulations could threaten its place in Canadian television by Claire Brownell

Vice-president Susan Fox warns The Walt Disney Co. doesn’t want to pull out of Canadian television, but it will have to re-evaluate the business case for staying if regulations become too burdensome.

Sep 15, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Harper backs pick-and-pay TV options by James Bradshaw

Columnist says Prime Minister Stephen Harper has waded into the debate over the future of Canada’s television industry, using a high-profile speech to press for pick-and-pay options that would let viewers buy only the channels they choose.

Sep 15, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

Why Netflix Needs Europe by Georg Szalai

The streaming video giant launchs in France and is the first of six new European markets.

Sep 12, 2014 — Hamilton Spectator

CHCH would be doomed under proposed broadcast plan: Watchdog by Steve Arnold

FRIENDS warns small stations — including CHCH — would be forced to close if the regulator ends the practice of substituting Canadian TV signals for those of American border stations when they're showing the same programs.

Sep 12, 2014 — Globe & Mail

CBC execs tell CRTC it can no longer afford to be free by James Bradshaw

Canada’s public broadcaster says it can no longer afford to offer its television programming for free over the air as its advertising revenue deteriorates, and it wants cable and satellite companies to start paying for its signals.

Sep 12, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

Should Netflix Be Regulated as a Traditional Canadian Broadcaster? by Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Columnist says that for too long, the default position has been that whenever there was any new development in the economy, the government had to extend its broad regulatory mantle to cover it.

Sep 11, 2014 — Edmonton Journal

Freedom for cable customers

Editorial says national broadcasters and local news programs are valuable public services that help create community cohesion and capture Canadian culture.

Sep 11, 2014 — Metro News

Bell Canada wants viewers to pay for local newscasts

Bell says local TV stations can no longer survive on ad revenue alone and must be able to introduce subscription fees for programming such as regional newscasts that have been free for decades.

Sep 11, 2014 — Niagara Falls Review

Pick-and-pay cable may have a hefty price by John Law

Columnist says a dramatic overhaul in how stations are bundled will likely mean an equally dramatic increase in fees for consumers.

Sep 11, 2014 — Globe & Mail

Rogers says pick-and-pay hurts business by James Bradshaw

Rogers Communications Inc. says it fears new television proposals would send revenue plummeting and drive U.S. networks out of Canada.