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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.

Sep 12, 2014 — News Article

CHCH would be doomed under proposed broadcast plan: Watchdog by Steve Arnold

FRIENDS warns small stations — including CHCH — would be forced to close if the regulator ends the practice of substituting Canadian TV signals for those of American border stations when they're showing the same programs.

Sep 12, 2014 — News Article

Should Netflix Be Regulated as a Traditional Canadian Broadcaster? by Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Columnist says that for too long, the default position has been that whenever there was any new development in the economy, the government had to extend its broad regulatory mantle to cover it.

Sep 11, 2014 — News Article

Freedom for cable customers

Editorial says national broadcasters and local news programs are valuable public services that help create community cohesion and capture Canadian culture.

Sep 11, 2014 — News Article

Bell Canada wants viewers to pay for local newscasts

Bell says local TV stations can no longer survive on ad revenue alone and must be able to introduce subscription fees for programming such as regional newscasts that have been free for decades.

Sep 11, 2014 — News Article

Pick-and-pay cable may have a hefty price by John Law

Columnist says a dramatic overhaul in how stations are bundled will likely mean an equally dramatic increase in fees for consumers.

Sep 11, 2014 — News Article

Rogers says pick-and-pay hurts business by James Bradshaw

Rogers Communications Inc. says it fears new television proposals would send revenue plummeting and drive U.S. networks out of Canada.

Sep 11, 2014 — News Article

Netflix puts cable industry at risk, Quebecor warns CRTC by Claire Brownell

Quebecor warns that the Netflix Inc. video-streaming service will steamroll traditional cable providers unless they are soon freed from existing regulatory constraints.

Sep 11, 2014 — News Article

Watchdog says 'pick-and-pay' model would cause job losses by Terry Pedwell

FRIENDS says some local TV stations will be forced to close and more than 30,000 people could lose their jobs if Canada's broadcast regulator adopts changes it wants Canadians to consider.

Sep 11, 2014 — News Article

U.S. channels must be in any basic cable package, Rogers tells CRTC by Terry Pedwell

Columnist says Rogers' presentation to the CRTC highlights the growing divergence among cable and satellite TV service providers on how to reshape the television landscape.

Sep 11, 2014 — News Article

Study: 5 Percent of Millennials Plan to Cut TV Cord by Eriq Gardner

Study shows the amount of people who say they can’t live without their TV remains steady at 57 percent, but among 18-to-34-year-olds, TV as the primary medium for entertainment is down 40 percent to 21 percent. 

Sep 11, 2014 — News Article

YouTube’s U.S. ad revenue to hit $1.13B: study by Todd Longwell

eMarketer estimates YouTube will have 18.9% of the overall projected U.S. digital video ad market, which will be up 56% this year, reaching $5.96 billion.

Sep 10, 2014 — Policy Brief

Presentation to the CRTC - PN 2014-190 (Let’s Talk TV)

FRIENDS spokesperson, Ian Morrison, makes a presentation to the CRTC on the commission's hearing about the future of television in Canada.

Sep 10, 2014 — Opinion Poll

Views on Local News in Five “At Risk” Markets

In order to understand the nuance of opinion related to TV broadcasting in Canada among communities which may be affected by changes in Canada’s broadcasting rules, Nanos conducted a special study of communities “at risk” of either scaled back local news or of their local TV station closing.

Sep 10, 2014 — News Release

Local broadcasting the focus of attention at CRTC TV hearing today

Concern about the future of local TV will be front and centre at the CRTC hearing on the future of TV with the release  of a Nanos opinion survey of residents in five swing ridings.  

Sep 9, 2014 — News Article

CRTC kicks off hearings on the future of Canadian television

CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais has indicated that certain rules currently protecting specific channels or broadcasters could be scrapped in favour of new regulations that would allow Canadians to get their TV programming how and when they want it.

Sep 9, 2014 — News Article

Netflix Inc puts Canada’s cable industry at risk, Quebecor warns CRTC by Claire Brownell

Quebecor, whose TVA Group is the largest French-language TV network in North America, told a CRTC hearing that it’s impossible to compete with online video providers like Netflix if they don’t have to operate under the same regulations.

Sep 8, 2014 — News Article

The CRTC's Future of TV Hearing: "There is No Such Thing as Too Much Choice" by Michael Geist

Columnist says the CRTC hearing is ultimately about providing consumers with more choice.