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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.

Sep 11, 2014 — National Post

Netflix puts cable industry at risk, Quebecor warns CRTC by Claire Brownell

Quebecor warns that the Netflix Inc. video-streaming service will steamroll traditional cable providers unless they are soon freed from existing regulatory constraints.

Sep 11, 2014 — Calgary Herald

Watchdog says 'pick-and-pay' model would cause job losses by Terry Pedwell

FRIENDS says some local TV stations will be forced to close and more than 30,000 people could lose their jobs if Canada's broadcast regulator adopts changes it wants Canadians to consider.

Sep 11, 2014 — Calgary Herald

U.S. channels must be in any basic cable package, Rogers tells CRTC by Terry Pedwell

Columnist says Rogers' presentation to the CRTC highlights the growing divergence among cable and satellite TV service providers on how to reshape the television landscape.

Sep 11, 2014 — Hollywood Reporter

Study: 5 Percent of Millennials Plan to Cut TV Cord by Eriq Gardner

Study shows the amount of people who say they can’t live without their TV remains steady at 57 percent, but among 18-to-34-year-olds, TV as the primary medium for entertainment is down 40 percent to 21 percent. 

Sep 11, 2014 — StreamDaily

YouTube’s U.S. ad revenue to hit $1.13B: study by Todd Longwell

eMarketer estimates YouTube will have 18.9% of the overall projected U.S. digital video ad market, which will be up 56% this year, reaching $5.96 billion.

Sep 9, 2014 — Digital Home

CRTC kicks off hearings on the future of Canadian television

CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais has indicated that certain rules currently protecting specific channels or broadcasters could be scrapped in favour of new regulations that would allow Canadians to get their TV programming how and when they want it.

Sep 9, 2014 — National Post

Netflix Inc puts Canada’s cable industry at risk, Quebecor warns CRTC by Claire Brownell

Quebecor, whose TVA Group is the largest French-language TV network in North America, told a CRTC hearing that it’s impossible to compete with online video providers like Netflix if they don’t have to operate under the same regulations.

Sep 8, 2014 — Huffington Post Canada

The CRTC's Future of TV Hearing: "There is No Such Thing as Too Much Choice" by Michael Geist

Columnist says the CRTC hearing is ultimately about providing consumers with more choice.

Sep 8, 2014 — Calgary Herald

TV channel bundling is ‘price discrimination,’ Competition Bureau tells CRTC by Claire Bronwell

The Competition Beaureau says Canadians should be able to choose the channels they want to watch and shouldn’t have to pay for the ones they don’t.

Sep 8, 2014 — Windsor Star

CBC sells longtime home on Riverside Drive

The CBC has sold its historic building on Riverside Drive, though the national broadcaster will continue to lease space from the new owner.

Sep 8, 2014 — Toronto Star

Ontario wants CRTC to regulate new media like Netflix

Ontario argues that online digital media providers should pay into fund to finance the  creation of Canadian content.

Sep 8, 2014 — News Article

Google says regulations would stifle innovative digital services such as YouTube, Netflix by Terry Pedwell

Online delivery services such as Netflix and YouTube would be harmed if regulations for Canada's broadcast industry are extended to the digital world, says Google Canada.