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Jan 22, 2016 — Le Devoir

La télé locale dans le bocal by Stéphane Baillargeon

The CRTC is launching a public hearing regarding the survival of local and community television.

Jan 21, 2016 — Toronto Star

Canada’s national fabric is paying price for depletion of journalistic resources by Chantel Hébert

Columnist says here must be a point when the steady disintegration of the country’s fifth estate’s news-gathering and news-getting functions becomes a public policy issue.

Jan 21, 2016 — Broadcaster Magazine

Local TV in Crisis Says Friends

Starting Monday, January 25th, the survival of local TV in Canada will be the focus of a public hearing convened by the CRTC, Canada’s broadcast regulator. 

Jan 21, 2016 — Digital Journal

2016 Canadian Direct Response Forecast: A Turning Point for Digital & TV Media

Pippa Nutt, Senior Vice President, Digital & Canadian Media of leading brand direct response (DR) agency, Northern Lights Direct weighs in on some of 2016's biggest direct response marketing trends affecting marketers and advertisers in the Canadian marketplace.

Jan 20, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

NBC vs. Netflix: Why a Ratings 'Reveal' Matters by Natalie Jarvey

Whose viewership data should Hollywood trust? A tech firm's suspicious "outing" lays bare the anger and frustration of networks forced to compete with secrecy.

Jan 20, 2016 — News Article

The Great Canadian Ratings Report: Canadian NHL teams' woes bad news for Rogers by Chris Zelkovich

Columnist says if Rogers' stock were tied to its television performance, investors definitely would be taking a hit.

Jan 20, 2016 — CBC News

Postmedia-Sun merger 'foolishly' accepted by Competition Bureau, prof says

Postmedia announcesthe Ottawa Citizen and Ottawa Sun newsrooms will merge. The newspaper chain also laid off 90 employees in several cities, including 12 Ottawa Sun employees. 

 

Jan 19, 2016 — Toronto Star

Netflix surges as earnings, subscribers grow by Michael Lewis

Shares in Netflix Inc. jump after the company reports profit and net subscriber additions ahead of expectations, although a massive overseas expansion and investment in original content continue to dampen cash flow. 

Jan 19, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

HBO to Launch Spain Streaming Service, Take on Netflix by Pamela Rolfe & Georg Szalai

Time Warner's premium TV giant, which decides case-by-case whether to run traditional networks, offer an OTT service or license programming in foreign markets, is releasing a standalone streaming video service in the country.

Jan 19, 2016 — Ottawa Citizen

Netflix shows how media and content are now truly global by Madeline Ashby

Netflix is cracking down on people who pay to “spoof” or otherwise fool Netflix into thinking that they live in another country.

Jan 19, 2016 — News Article

CRTC Turns Down Bell Application to Change License Terms for Specialty Services by Chris Powell

Bell had asked the federal regulator to convert the eight channels from Category A to Category B services, which would require them to broadcast only 35% Canadian content – down from the current 50% for Category A services – while also eliminating their “must-carry” status.

Jan 19, 2016 — StreamDaily

Netflix faces challenges with language, payment by Megan Haynes and Bree Rody-Mantha

The company reported $1.67 billion in global revenue, resulting in a profit of $270 million — and it has major subscription gains at home and abroad to thank for that.

Jan 19, 2016 — CBC Radio: BC Almanac

Audio: Cuts to Postmedia

Call in radio show on the recent cuts to Postmedia featuring an interview by David Beers, a former editor of the Vancouver Sun and the founding editor of the Tyee.

Jan 18, 2016 — NationTalk

Radio-Canada’s modernization continues

A message from Louis Lalande, Executive vice-president, Radio-Canada.

Jan 14, 2016 — TBI Vision

Corus in ‘game-changing’ C$2.7bn Shaw deal by Jesse Whittock

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, as well as shareholders, need to give approval for a merger to go ahead.

Jan 14, 2016 — Broadcaster Magazine

Purchase of Shaw Media Sets Stage for Closures, Consolidations --CAJ

The Canadian Association of Journalists is concerned a $2.6-billion sale of Shaw Media Inc. could lay the foundation for a series of negative changes to the broadcasting industry in Canada.

Jan 14, 2016 — News Article

Regulator raises questions about future Internet services as 'dark cloud' looms

A survey that's part of the consultations also asks whose responsibility it should be to ensure a minimum standard of Internet service, particularly in rural and remote areas — market forces, government, the CRTC or a combination of the three.

Jan 13, 2016 — News Article

Many unanswered questions in CHCH aftermath

Columnist says the CRTC will be demanding detailed answers about Channel Zero’s long term business plan for CHCH.

Jan 13, 2016 — CBC News

Corus buys Shaw Media in $2.65B deal that puts Shaw's focus on wireless and cable by Pete Evans

The move shuffles ownership of 19 specialty TV channels including Global, Food Network Canada, HGTV Canada, HISTORY, Slice, National Geographic Channel and Showcase between two companies that are controlled by the Shaw family.

Jan 13, 2016 — Broadcast Dialogue

Purchase of Shaw Media sets stage for closures, consolidations

The Canadian Association of Journalists is concerned a $2.6-billion sale of Shaw Media Inc. could lay the foundation for a series of negative changes to the broadcasting industry in Canada.

Jan 13, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Canadian TV Giant Corus to Acquire Rival Shaw Media for $2.65 Billion by Etan Vlessing

The merger of Corus and Shaw Media six years later aims to assure the future of both broadcast entities as they remain tied to a vertically integrated media group controlled by Shaw Communications.

Jan 13, 2016 — Hollywood Reporter

Fact-Checking Reed Hastings: Netflix's Big Challenge Overseas

Netflix CEO boasts the streamer is now live in 130 new countries, but licensing, languages and infrastructure pose problems.

Jan 13, 2016 — Fort Erie Times

CHCH staffers "kicked to the curb" by Tony Ricciuto

129 full-time employees and close to 30 part-timers were let go as part of a massive restructuring of local news at the Hamilton-based television station. 

Jan 11, 2016 — Globe & Mail

Netflix says it’s ‘not obvious’ how to limit use of VPNs by Shane Dingman

Netflix Inc. managed a global rollout of its service to 130 new countries last week without a single technical glitch, but it says it can’t do much more than it already is about VPN users circumventing its geographic blocks and frustrating its localized competitors.

Jan 8, 2016 — News Article

Is your TV lineup the walking dead? by Michael Lewis

The curtain is set to inexorably rise on “skinny basic” and à la carte TV viewing in Canada, despite forecasts that niche specialty channels bundled in large cable packages could be orphaned in a pick-and-pay world.

Jan 7, 2016 — Cision

New CRTC rules could cost 7,000 jobs by 2020: Report

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, one of the commissioners of the study, emphasizes that these changes will negatively impact the ability of Canadian broadcasters and news providers, to create content.

Jan 7, 2016 — News Article

Breaking down Netflix’s big reveal: The birth of a global internet TV network by Darah Hansen

Netflix’s expansion strategy has largely been driven by a goal of reaching 200 countries by the year’s end, despite slower-than-expected subscriber growth at home.

Jan 6, 2016 — StreamDaily

Netflix expands to 130 countries globally by Megan Haynes

Netflix confirms it has expanded into 130 markets globally, up from its previous market penetration of about 60.

Jan 6, 2016 — Canadian Labour Report

New CRTC rules could cost 7,000 jobs by 2020: Report

The 104-page report, Canadian Television 2020: Technological and Regulatory Impacts, was prepared by consulting firm Nordicity and communications lawyer Peter Miller for unions, including the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), the Canadian Media Guild (CMG) and Unifor.