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All CRTC / Regulation Articles

Sep 27, 2014 — News Article

Pick and pay not the best choice for TV viewers by Lawson Hunter, Edward Iacobucci and Michael Trebilcock

Columnist says regulating pick-and-pay or product offerings would launch the CRTC on a more interventionist role in the entire content and video distribution business.

Sep 25, 2014 — News Article

It’s over, CRTC. Netflix and globalization have won by John Ibbitson

Columnist says Canadian cultural industries will have to compete in the marketplace and it’s simply a question of when the last protections will be dismantled.

Sep 24, 2014 — News Article

Interference by PMO emboldened Netflix against broadcast regulator, experts say by Terry Pedwell

New media expert Michael Geist says Netflix's refusal to hand over requested consumer data to the CRTC calls into question the very authority of the broadcast regulator to institute any rules governing Internet-based video service providers.

Sep 24, 2014 — News Article

Regulation isn’t enough. The CRTC must create its own in-house TV production company by Jonathan Kay

Columnist says that thanks to monthly-subscription streaming services such as Netflix, consumers are able to pay money to watch shows they actually want to see as opposed to the shows that the CRTC thinks they should be watching. 

Sep 23, 2014 — News Article

Why the CRTC’s pursuit of Netflix could define the future of Canadian Content by Ashley Csanady

Columnist says if the CRTC wants to boost Canadian content, it should stop looking to tax the internet, and start funding content directly.

Sep 22, 2014 — News Article

Netflix To CRTC: No, We Will Not Hand Over 'Sensitive' Data

Netflix says it will not turn over confidential subscriber information to Canada's broadcast regulator in order to safeguard private corporate information.

Sep 22, 2014 — News Article

3 things consumers want from CRTC's TV hearings by Adam Mayers

Columnist outlines the three major consumer concerns brought forward during recent CRTC hearings

Sep 22, 2014 — News Article

Changes are coming to Canadian TV: Here are the issues and where the big players stand by James Bradshaw

The public broadcaster supports pick-and-pay, but warns it will have “a negative financial impact” on many stations.

Sep 20, 2014 — News Article

It’s the hottest drama on TV: The CRTC clashes with the online future by Claire Brownell

CRTC vice-chairman Tom Pentefountas calls Netflix an economic drain, “who takes, perhaps, hundreds of millions of dollars out of the Canadian economy.”

Sep 19, 2014 — News Article

Netflix tells CRTC consumers should vote with their dollars by Terry Pedwell

Regulating the internet to help boost Canadian content will only hurt consumers, a Netflix executive told the country's broadcast regulator on Friday before being ordered to hand over confidential company information.

Sep 19, 2014 — News Article

Get the CBC out of the free market by Terence Corcoran

CBC President Hubert Lacroix, appearing before the CRTC’s Let’s Talk TV hearings last week, declares that “in our view” the new Canadian policy for broadcasting “must support” what he calls “market-based solutions to issues rather than regulatory intervention.”

Sep 19, 2014 — News Article

CRTC orders Netflix to hand over confidential data

On the final day of its television hearings, the CRTC demands online giant Netflix release subscriber information, Canadian content numbers and project spending.

Sep 19, 2014 — News Article

Netflix, CRTC spar over regulation, customer data by James Bradshaw

Netflix Inc. warns Canadian regulators against creating new restrictions that could stifle its ability to gives its customers what they want, prompting heated exchanges as officials demand details of the company’s footprint in Canada.

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 16, 2014 — Blog Post

Harper on "Pick and Pay" and the "Netflix Tax"

Prime Minister Harper addresses the Conservative Party caucus and says his government would “oppose any tax on services like Netflix and YouTube.”

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.