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Jun 26, 2016 — News Article

Digital evolution by Marty Forbes

Heritage Minister Melanie Joly announces that a series of public consultations will take place over the next several months to examine the government’s role in supporting Canadian content creation — in all media — radio, television with a focus on digital evolution.

Jun 20, 2016 — News Article

Set-top box crackdown will chill Canada's tech innovation by Michael Geist

Columnist says a recent federal court ruling targets a disruptive technology that everyone agrees has both legitimate and infringing uses.

Jun 15, 2016 — News Article

CHCH-TV gets helping hand with CRTC’s local news fund by Steve Buist

CRTC announces the creation of an Independent Local News Fund worth approximately $20 million per year to help stations in 18 communities across the country produce news.

Jun 15, 2016 — News Article

CRTC orders TV stations to air at least 7 hours a week of local news

FRIENDS says the CRTC's new policy shows the broadcast regulator hasn't been listening to small stations that came begging for help.

Jun 14, 2016 — News Article

Netflix lands over a million new Canadian subscribers in less than one year: report by Emily Jackson

More than five million Canadians subscribed to Netflix as of this spring, with more than a million signing up in the last year alone, according to new estimates that suggest the video streaming service’s popularity continues to explode among viewers north of the border.

Jun 2, 2016 — News Article

CTV cancels Canada AM by Robin Levinson King

CTV says it is cancelling Canada AM, one of the longest running morning television shows in Canada’s history.

May 26, 2016 — News Article

We watch TV differently now, and Ottawa hasn’t kept pace by Benjamin Dachis & Daniel Schwann

Columnists say Ottawa should replace Canadian content rules with direct subsidies, focus regulatory hearings on the benefits of competition between technologies and drop ownership restrictions.

May 25, 2016 — News Article

EU wants Netflix to offer 20 percent European content by Daniel Cooper

The European Union is updating its broadcasting laws to cover online services like Amazon and Netflix.

May 25, 2016 — News Article

Technological Change and Its Implications for Regulating Canada's Television Broadcasting Sector by Steven Globerman

Writer says that as the TV broadcasting sector becomes increasingly competitive, it seems appropriate for the CRTC to largely refrain from intervening into the price negotiation process, as well as into other elements of bargaining between participants in the sector.

May 24, 2016 — News Article

CRTC continuing to monitor implementation of new basic television package and pick-and-pay by Jean-Pierre Blais

The CRTC calls television service providers to a public hearing in September 2016.

May 23, 2016 — News Article

Hulu now worth $25 billion: analysts by Darah Hansen

A new financial report from Credit Suisse is taking a bullish view on Hulu’s future, boosting the streaming service’s valuation from $15 billion to $25 billion, and projecting company profits to hit $2.2 billion by 2020.

May 18, 2016 — News Article

CRTC chief deems Internet a necessity by Shannon VanRaes

In recent televised remarks, Jean-Pierre Blais said the necessity of broadband Internet access was a “self-evident truth,” shifting the focus of the current review of basic telecommunications services from proving the need for basic telecommunication, to examining how they can be delivered.

May 18, 2016 — News Article

MTS deal would set a harmful precedent for wireless competition by Dwayne Winseck & Ben Class

Columnist says if the merger goes through, the communication industry in Manitoba will be radically transformed, and there will be important implications for the rest of Canada as well.

May 17, 2016 — News Article

Six Corus Principles for Innovation and Success

Corus Entertainment presents a manifesto containing six principles for innovation and success.

May 11, 2016 — News Article

Netflix border-hopping crackdown hurts VPN users seeking privacy, advocacy group says by Sophia Harris

Open Media says Netflix customers should be able to protect their privacy.

May 6, 2016 — News Article

Foreign firms have unfair advantage over Cancon, committee hears by Daniel LeBlanc

Columnist says witnesses at parliamentary hearings on the future of local news are repeatedly casting U.S.-based Internet giants as villains in the Canadian media landscape, offering a hint of the battle to come later this year at a full-blown study on the future of Canada’s cultural industries.

May 5, 2016 — News Article

Canada Could Combine All Pay TV Set-Top Box Data Into A Shared Audience Measurement System by John Moulding

The CRTC has demanded that the TV industry cooperate on a project to determine the viability of a comprehensive, multi-BDU STB audience measurement system. 

May 2, 2016 — News Article

The challenge of reshaping Canada’s cultural landscape by Daniel LeBlanc & James Bradshaw

FRIENDS says that jobs are not an end in and of themselves, but it is people who create programs.

Apr 29, 2016 — News Article

Decline of Newspapers: Age drives views on the impacts of shrinking newsrooms

New study says Canadians are divided – mostly along generational lines – over whether the news vacuum left by shrinking papers is a serious problem for Canada, or one that will be resolved as new, online media outlets pick up the slack.

Apr 27, 2016 — News Article

Welcome to a new nightmare in Cancon policy by John Doyle

Columnist says the Heritage Minister cannot legislate excellence into existence, but it can be encouraged.