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Jan 29, 2015 — News Article

CRTC Misses the Mark -- Unifor

Unifor Media Council Chair Randy Kitt says it is not enough for CRTC chair Jean-Pierre Blais to admonish broadcasters for the amount of local programming they produce, but needs to give broadcasters the tools to fill this vital role.

Jan 29, 2015 — News Article

Finally, Canadians may get to see U.S. ads with the Super Bowl

In a speech to a London, Ont., business gathering the CRTC chairman announces that broadcasters will lose the ability to switch ads, along with mandatory carriage privileges on cable and satellite services, if they shut down transmitters that allow Canadians access to free, over-the-air TV signals.

Jan 29, 2015 — News Article

CRTC grants access to U.S. Super Bowl commercials, but silent on future of local TV

The so-called “simsub” rule is a key source of revenue for Canadian broadcasters and helps support the production of Canadian programs. 

Jan 28, 2015 — News Article

Canadian broadcast regulator to announce new rules for local TV by Paul Bagnell

Owners of local television stations say carriage fees would rescue local television and allow it to continue delivering important services like local news.

Jan 27, 2015 — News Article

Return of the Netflix Tax? by Michael Geist

Columnist says the Canadian government quietly consults on sales tax for digital products.

Jan 27, 2015 — News Article

Jean-Pierre Blais to speak to the London Chamber of Commerce on the Future

Jean-Pierre Blais , Chairman and CEO of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, will deliver a speech at the London Chamber of Commerce on the future of local television in Canada.

Jan 6, 2015 — News Article

Avant-garde suisse by Stéphane Baillargeon

Columnist reviews the licence funding swiss model for public and private broadcasting.

Jan 6, 2015 — News Article

Netflix geoblocking in Canada 'a game of whack-a-mole'

Amid reports that Netflix was cracking down on online proxy services that allow foreign-based viewers to vault geofences, even the streaming company admits that trying to block virtual private networks (VPN) is next to impossible.

Dec 26, 2014 — News Article

HuffPost Live files bid with CRTC for Canadian television channel

An application has been filed with Canada's broadcast regulator to add a Huffington Post channel to the English television lineup.

Dec 10, 2014 — News Article

Why Canada's Communication Policy Misses the Forest for the Trees by Michael Geist

Columnist says that communications now comes in a single bill and represents one very large policy forest that cannot be effectively addressed one tree at a time.

Nov 29, 2014 — News Article

How to Build an Empire, the Netflix Way by Emily Steel

With “Marco Polo,” its lavish new series, the streaming service is placing one of its biggest bets yet on global expansion.

Nov 13, 2014 — News Article

Why Canadian television is super comfortable with swearing by Lauren Strapagiel

Though the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission does accept complaints of indecent programming, the self-governing Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) is the first line of defence.

Nov 7, 2014 — News Article

CRTC’s Jean-Pierre Blais defends tussle with Netflix, Google by Etan Vlessing

CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais defends his decision to go head-to-head with Netflix and Google at the recent Let’s Talk TV hearings.

Oct 28, 2014 — News Article

Will Netflix and YouTube Kill TV? by Barry Kiefl

President of Canadian Media Research Inc. says TV networks worldwide are facing stalled ad revenues and the growth in TV is coming from premium, subscription channels that have less or no advertising.

Oct 28, 2014 — News Article

FCC Chairman Wants to Redefine Internet Video to Compete with Cable, Satellite Services by Ted Johnson

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says that he is proposing that the definition of a multichannel programming provider be extended to the fast-expanding market for Internet video, a move he said would boost competition with cable and satellite services.

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 14, 2014 — News Article

Editorial: Let my Netflix go

Editorial says the regulatory side of the CRTC which deigns to command Canadian content and other quota-type approaches is hopelessly outdated.

Oct 11, 2014 — News Article

RTC orders Punjabi radio stations in Metro Vancouver to explain themselves by Peter O’Neil

Sher-E-Punjab, Radio Punjab Ltd. and Radio India (2003) have operated for years from studios in Metro but haven’t got Canadian broadcast licences and broadcast their signals from south of the border.

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.