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Sep 30, 2014 — Blog Post

Letter to the editor: Re” Thinking outside the idiot box” (September 27)

FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, responds to a Globe and Mail editorial claiming that the CRTC needs to start thinking outside the "idiot box" if it wants to play a meaningful role in Canadians’ lives.

Sep 16, 2014 — News Article

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 — News Article

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 12, 2014 — News Article

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 — News Article

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 — News Article

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 — News Article

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 — News Article

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 — News Article

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 — News Article

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 — News Article

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 — News Article

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 10, 2014 — Policy Brief

Presentation to the CRTC - PN 2014-190 (Let’s Talk TV)

FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, makes a presentation to the CRTC on the commission's hearing about the future of television in Canada.

Sep 10, 2014 — Opinion Poll

Views on Local News in Five “At Risk” Markets

In order to understand the nuance of opinion related to TV broadcasting in Canada among communities which may be affected by changes in Canada’s broadcasting rules, Nanos conducted a special study of communities “at risk” of either scaled back local news or of their local TV station closing.

Sep 10, 2014 — News Release

Local broadcasting the focus of attention at CRTC TV hearing today

Concern about the future of local TV will be front and centre at the CRTC hearing on the future of TV with the release  of a Nanos opinion survey of residents in five swing ridings.  

Sep 9, 2014 — News Article

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 — News Article

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 — News Article

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 — News Article

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 — News Article

Pick and Pay debate on CBC's Power and Politics with Evan Solomon

FRIENDS' Spokesperson, Ian Morrison, discusses issues facing the CRTC at a hearing on the future of television in Canada.