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they are forced to pay for TV channels they never watch, and support Canadian content quotas they say are increasingly outdated.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.
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.
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.
Dec 19, 2013 — News Article: Canadian news networks must be offered to all cable, satellite subscribers: CRTC
The CRTC 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.
A new report from Moody’s Investors Service says that Rogers Communications’ recent $5.2 billion NHL rights deal is likely to bring a response from federal regulators if it is perceived as negative for consumers.
Dec 16, 2013 — News Article: Canada Unprepared for 21st Century TV by Michael Geist
Columnist says broadcasters are still beholden to US programming due to a 40-year-old policy.
Columnist says if Ottawa and the CRTC want to shake up the way Canadians access television, they should also consider the gradual elimination of “simultaneous substitution” policies.
Dec 5, 2013 — News Article: PRESS RELEASE: Cuts to ethnic programming by Rogers lead CRTC to call OMNI stations to early renewal hearing, raising concerns about lack of local programming
Unifor, the union representing staff at most of Canada's private television stations, applauds the decision by the CRTC to call the five OMNI TV stations licensed to Rogers Broadcasting Ltd to an early public hearing to account for deep cuts to OMNI's ethnic programming announced in late May 2013.
FRIENDS says bundling has served Canadians well and gives value to subscribers.
Nov 19, 2013 — News Article: PRESS RELEASE: American Station Owners Welcome Review of Canadian TV System and Bilateral U.S.-Canada Discussions on TV Retransmission Issues
A coalition of American over-the-air television stations expresses support for the CRTC’s review of the Canadian television system, and welcomes news of bilateral consultations between the United States and Canada on the retransmission of television broadcast signals.
Nov 17, 2013 — News Article: CRTC chair warns of "clouds on the horizon" for television by Steve Faguy
The CRTC has begun a year-long process that starts with asking Canadians about their viewing habits and will end with public hearings on specific changes to its rules.
Nov 17, 2013 — News Article: Pulling the plug on traditional TV is still a slow moving trend in Canada by LuAnn LaSalle
Columnist says watching television on the Internet is cheap and convenient, but so far only a small number of Canadians have cut the cord on traditional viewing as TV providers offer discount prices and spend more on programs to keep customers who pay bigger monthly bills.