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Mar 22, 2015 — News Article

Toronto Star's View: Two cheers for ‘pick and pay’ on cable TV

Editorial says the “pick and pay” model for cable the CRTC unveiled amounts to giving viewers what they’ve been demanding for years.

Mar 21, 2015 — News Article

Sask. providers react to CRTC by D.C. Fraser

Access, which serves over 200 communities across Saskatchewan, was hoping it wouldn't have to contribute to a fund used to support television production.

Mar 21, 2015 — News Article

Editorial: CRTC regulating a revolution on the airwaves

Editorial says the guiding principle for the CRTC must be to ensure Canadians have maximum choice in what they want to watch and where that programming comes from.

Mar 21, 2015 — News Article

TV producers fear a la carte channel selection threatens jobs, kids' content by Cassandra Szklarski

An a la carte system gives TV fans more choice but they'll ultimately have fewer channels to choose from, say some Canadian producers who predict job losses and less programming for kids.

Mar 20, 2015 — News Article

Cable firms told to offer basic TV for $25 a month or less by Terry Powell

Cable and satellite service providers will soon have to offer consumers an “entry-level” television service, at a cost of no more than $25 a month, a decision that the country’s broadcast regulator acknowledges will cost some people their jobs.

Mar 20, 2015 — News Article

It’s Friday–so kick back and watch the CRTC by Katherine Dunn

The CRTC unveils new restrictions on charges for bundled TV packages.

Mar 20, 2015 — News Article

Cheap politics, cheap TV: CRTC hands Tories a populist election platform by Simon Houpt

Columnist says the CRTC is supposed to operate on an arm’s-length basis, so it can develop policy that is free from politics, but that is not the reality.

Mar 20, 2015 — News Article

The pros and cons of CRTC's ‘pick and pay’ cable rules

Consumers who have long bemoaned bloated cable packages may well embrace the new model, but some have suggested that unbundling TV channels could ultimately hurt the industry, and the consumer.

Mar 20, 2015 — News Article

Pick-and-pay TV: Consumer choice, but at what cost?

Tech analyst says the CRTC's decision to allow "pick-and-pay" might be too little too late as the market continues its headlong rush towards purely online alternatives.

Mar 20, 2015 — News Article

You’ll get more options, but you might not pay less when it’s all said and done, chairman warns by Sadiya Ansari and Raju Mudhar

FRIENDS is concerned about the impact pick-and-pay will have on Canadian content.

Mar 20, 2015 — News Article

National News: Conservatives must ensure consumer choice and protect the cultural sector

The NDP says they welcome changes that give consumers greater choice and low-cost basic packages, but caution that the Conservatives haven’t explained how they will ensure that pick-and-pay doesn’t lead to less choice and higher costs for some subscribers.

Mar 20, 2015 — News Article

TV giants are the CRTC’s real target by Michael Geist

Columnist says the CRTC is not taking on Netflix; it's introducing new rules for Bell, Shaw and Rogers.

Mar 20, 2015 — News Article

CRTC ruling could mean higher Internet bills

Columnist says consumers could see Internet costs edge higher as cable companies look to maintain profits in light of a ruling that forces them to unbundle television channels.

Mar 19, 2015 — News Article

Canada to Offer a La Carte Cable Pricing by 2016 by Etan Vlessing

The CRTC insists that still making popular American channels available as part of large basic cable packages, in addition to standalone sale, should convince U.S. broadcasters to not pull channels and keep them in the Canadian market. 

Mar 19, 2015 — News Article

Multicultural shows, $25 starter cable may be biggest changes in TV landscape by Sadiya Ansari

FRIENDS is concerned about the effect pick-and-pay will have on Canadian content.

Mar 19, 2015 — News Article

CRTC Rolls Dice on the Future of Canadian Broadcasting says Friends

FRIENDS says the CRTC is rolling the dice on the future of an industry that is crucial to Canada’s cultural sovereignty and generates more than $15 billion in revenue and 66,000 jobs.

Mar 16, 2015 — News Article

Speech: CRTC chairman on Let’s Talk TV and the future of content made by Canadians by Jean-Pierre Blais

Text from a speech delivered on March 12, 2015 by CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais.

Mar 13, 2015 — News Article

The CRTC, a body no one understands, regulating TV no one watches by Kelly McParland

Columnist says the CRTC has concluded that, since Canadians are increasingly spending their time on services like Netflix, which has no Canadian Content requirements, it no longer makes sense to force it on television programmers.

Mar 13, 2015 — News Article

CRTC gets it: Time to make ‘hits’ not ‘shows’ by Irene Berkowitz

Columnist says the announcement that the CRTC is relaxing the rules on Canadian content is a clear sign the Canadian television system needs a reboot, from its 20th-century purpose to ‘correct and protect’ our domestic market, to a 21st-century freedom to ‘send and receive’ seven billion potential viewers.

Mar 13, 2015 — News Article

Talking about CanCon on the Bill Kelly Show

In a radio interview, FRIENDS spokesperson Ian Morrison, discusses the implications of a CRTC decision to relax Canadian Content requirements on television.