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Feb 18, 2014 — News Article

PRESS RELEASE: The CRTC Launches Let’s Talk TV: Choicebook

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is inviting Canadians to provide their input on the difficult choices to be made regarding their television system by filling out the Let’s Talk TV: Choicebook.

Feb 18, 2014 — News Article

Regulating internet content by Mark Goldberg

Columnist says some of the questions in the CRTC's new questionaire for Canadians appear to indicate the broadcast regulator is testing whether Canadians might accept taxing internet access, certifying online services or other forms of regulation of the internet.

Feb 18, 2014 — News Article

CRTC seeks further public comment on broadcast rules with online survey by Eric Atkins

The broadcast regulator wants Canadians to spare about 30 minutes of their time to fill out an online questionnaire on seven broad topics related to television programming and reulations, including local news, sports and pick-and-pay options.

Feb 18, 2014 — News Article

CRTC head wants Canadian TV producers to take more risks as ‘edgy’ shows draw eyeballs by Christine Dobby

Columnist says Jean-Pierre Blais is trying to find that just-right balance between letting market forces rule and stepping in to protect elements of the broadcast system most Canadians would agree are a public good.

Feb 13, 2014 — News Article

Canadian content rules continue to outlive their usefulness by Jess Chapman

Columnist says CanCon regulations do have a role to play in creating a national cultural identity - if we want that cultural identity to amount to a deep-seated inferiority complex.

Feb 12, 2014 — News Article

Netflix Regulated By The CRTC? CMPA Says Yes by Daniel Tencer

The Canadian Media Production Association says video streaming services like Netflix should be required to contribute money to Canadian content producers, and Canadians should be blocked from using services that allow them to view content from the U.S.

Feb 11, 2014 — News Article

Canadian Netflix About to Get Pricier? by Michael Geist

Desperate to compete, CanCon producers demand new regulation of Internet giants.

Feb 10, 2014 — News Article

Fair treatment for American TV stations good for Canada by Francis Schiller

Columnist says that as the CRTC completes the ongoing review of the Canadian TV system and prepares its report back to the government on pick-and-pay channel options for consumers, now is the time to provide fair treatment and due process for American TV stations in Canada’s retransmission processes.

Feb 2, 2014 — News Article

Ditch the CRTC? Let’s think again by Kate Taylor

Columnist says broadcast regulations are a web of interlocking protections and requirements and that Canadians should discuss which elements they wish to preserve.

Jan 30, 2014 — News Article

PRESS RELEASE: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2014-28

The CRTC is calling for comments on a request to delete the conditions of distribution of the non-Canadian programming service Al Jazeera Arabic.

Jan 29, 2014 — News Article

Canadians frustrated with TV content choices, some want CRTC ‘abolished’ by Simon Houpt

Columnist says Canadians are giving the CRTC an earful, complaining they are forced to pay for TV channels they never watch, and support Canadian content quotas they say are increasingly outdated.

Jan 29, 2014 — News Article

CRTC TV Hearings: Low-Quality CanCon, Channel Bundles Slammed by Sunny Freeman

Columnist says Canadians are disgruntled with television in this country and many blame the CRTC for the system’s failings, and some have told the federal regulator they would prefer it didn’t exist.

Jan 29, 2014 — News Article

Starlight Canadian movie channel tries CRTC again by Tony Wong

The backers of Starlight, a channel to showcase Canadian movies, are reapplying to the CRTC but this time without the mandatory carriage.

Jan 28, 2014 — News Article

CRTC Head Asks Rogers to Stop ‘Blaming’ Them for Super Bowl Ad Swaps by Gary Ng

A recent exchange of misinformation by the @RogersHelps Twitter account causes CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais to write a letter to the company to set the record straight.

Jan 28, 2014 — News Article

The CRTC's Simultaneous Substitution Problem by Michael Geist

Columnist says the retention of simultaneous substitution policies is one of the reasons for Canadians to vent agains the CRTC.

Jan 27, 2014 — News Article

Prospects Dim for Telecom Shakeup in Canada

Columnist says the Conservative government has been ambivalent and conflicted in its position on foreign ownership of Canadian telecom operators.

Dec 26, 2013 — Blog Post

What a year!

Video looking back at a remarkable 2013 - the movement that we are building together has never been stronger and more needed. 

Dec 24, 2013 — News Article

Broadcasters Ask Supreme Court To Rule On Aereo Before More 'Copycat' Services Launch by Wendy Davis

A group of broadcasters recently asked the Supreme Court to hear an appeal of a pro-Aereo ruling by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals which refused to stop Aereo from operating its service, which allows customers to stream over-the-air TV shows to iPhones, iPads and other devices.

Dec 20, 2013 — News Article

Sun News directive will provide more options: CRTC

Cable and satellite companies will be required to offer Sun News Network and all other national television news channels for individual subscription or as part of a bundle starting next year.

Dec 19, 2013 — News Article

CRTC makes it mandatory for cable companies to offer all Canadian news channels by Christine Dobby

The federal broadcast regulator says cable and satellite companies must give their customers the option of subscribing to any Canadian news service they want, either in bundles or a la carte, no later than next spring.