• DALTON CAMP AWARD
  • NANOS RESEARC
  • Free the CBC
  • About Friends

All CRTC / Regulation Articles

Oct 16, 2014 — News Article

CRTC releases full edition of the 2014 Communications Monitoring Report

The CRTC releases the full edition of the 2014 Communications Monitoring Report, which shows that Canadian families spend over $190 each month on communications services.

Oct 8, 2014 — News Article

U.S. Broadcasters May Leave Canadian Airwaves, And Some Say That's Fine by Daniel Tencer

Columnist says U.S. broadcasters are so concerned by the possibility Canada will switch to a pick-and-pay system for cable TV channels that several of them have threatened to pull themselves off Canadian airwaves altogether.

Oct 8, 2014 — News Article

Fraser Institute Essay Says More Regulation is Not the Answer

Fraser Institute Senior Fellow says that with the rising popularity of Netflix and other online broadcasters, Canada needs to readjust what was already a fundamentally flawed attitude towards broadcasting.

Oct 8, 2014 — News Article

Netflix-CRTC standoff is chance to open Canadian TV system, finds Fraser Institute report

A new Fraser Institute paper suggests that the recent stand-off between Netflix and the CRTC provides an opportunity for the government to dismantle barriers that prevent open competition in Canadian television broadcasting.

Oct 7, 2014 — News Article

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 — Policy Brief

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2014-190, CRTC Let’s Talk TV Proceeding - Final Submission

Final comments on the CRTC's Let’s Talk TV hearings on the future of television in Canada.

Oct 3, 2014 — News Article

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 — News Article

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 — News Article

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 — News Article

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 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

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 — 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

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 — News Article

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 — 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 15, 2014 — News Article

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 — News Article

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 — 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.