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Feb 10, 2016 — News Article

Netflix's Global Push Means Big Spending in Small Countries by Scott Roxborough

The streaming giant has budgeted an estimated $1.2 billion for original productions this year, with a quarter of that expected to be spent on titles produced outside the U.S.

Feb 10, 2016 — News Article

Treasurer introduces 'Netflix tax' for GST on digital products to Parliament

If legislation clears Parliament, overseas companies will have to collect and remit GST on products purchased by Australian consumers.

Feb 9, 2016 — News Article

Bloomberg brings its worldwide resources to Canadian TV by Peter Kenter

Bloomberg CEO says that the guiding principle governing Bloomberg TV Canada will be relevance to Canadian viewers at every level of business engagement.

Feb 9, 2016 — News Article

Revolutionary cure needed to restore health of ailing CBC by Kirk LaPointe

Columnist suggests that in order to fund Canadian programming private networks should be let out of their requirements to broadcast Canadian content, but that they should still be held to their requirements to direct 30% of their revenue to finance English Canadian content production.

Feb 8, 2016 — News Article

Digital era raises tough questions about journalism’s future by Michael Geist

Columnist says that with significant layoffs, newspaper closures and testimony before Canada’s broadcast regulator that the cost of delivering local news is unsustainable, there have been mounting calls for new funding programs, studies or other measures to address the issue.

Feb 2, 2016 — News Article

Keytrends 2016: Entering the age of (user) experience by Darah Hansen

A new report from the Canadian Media Fund says the user experience needs to lead content creation and distribution today.

Feb 2, 2016 — News Article

Rafe Oller on why TV execs shouldn’t underestimate millennials by Bree Rody-Mantha

Rafe Oller says linear producers would do well to stop treating Millenials like a lost generation.

Jan 27, 2016 — News Article

New TV regulations could cost 7,000 Canadian jobs, report warns by Michael Lewis

FRIENDS says the new Liberal government could ask the CRTC to review its rules and Ottawa could rescind changes if they run counter to the Broadcasting Act's requirement for a preponderance of Canadian channels.

Jan 27, 2016 — News Article

Indonesian Internet Giant Blocks Netflix by Patrick Brzeski and Georg Szalai

The country's largest telecommunications provider, Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom), majority owned by the Indonesian state, has blocked Netflix from all of its platforms, saying that the U.S. streaming video service had not adhered to local regulations, including acquiring the necessary local permits and submitting content for censorship review.

Jan 27, 2016 — News Article

We know the price of journalism but not its value by Heather Mallick

Columnist says citizenship is a joint mission; we keep each other honest via different people and organizations inspecting each other for flaws or victories.

Jan 26, 2016 — News Article

Guelph Mercury to stop printing; Rogers cuts jobs amid profit

Layoffs come after the CRTC was told that half of the country's local TV stations could be off the air in four years without a boost in revenues to pay for local programming.

Jan 26, 2016 — Policy Brief

FRIENDS presentation to the CRTC on Local Television (BN CRTC 2015-421)

FRIENDS tells Canada's broadcast regulator that without prompt action from the CRTC, many local TV stations, particularly in small and medium markets, will likely fail.

Jan 25, 2016 — News Article

Rogers to cut 200 media and admin jobs by

A memo to Rogers Media staff says the job cuts will begin in February and will conclude as soon as possible.

Jan 22, 2016 — News Article

Here's why you should rethink cutting your cable by Bill Brownstein

Columnist examines whether streaming services will have access to enough hits in the future if everyone unsubscribes from television packages?

Jan 21, 2016 — News Article

2016 Canadian Direct Response Forecast: A Turning Point for Digital & TV Media

Pippa Nutt, Senior Vice President, Digital & Canadian Media of leading brand direct response (DR) agency, Northern Lights Direct weighs in on some of 2016's biggest direct response marketing trends affecting marketers and advertisers in the Canadian marketplace.

Jan 20, 2016 — News Article

NBC vs. Netflix: Why a Ratings 'Reveal' Matters by Natalie Jarvey

Whose viewership data should Hollywood trust? A tech firm's suspicious "outing" lays bare the anger and frustration of networks forced to compete with secrecy.

Jan 20, 2016 — News Article

The Great Canadian Ratings Report: Canadian NHL teams' woes bad news for Rogers by Chris Zelkovich

Columnist says if Rogers' stock were tied to its television performance, investors definitely would be taking a hit.

Jan 19, 2016 — News Article

Netflix surges as earnings, subscribers grow by Michael Lewis

Shares in Netflix Inc. jump after the company reports profit and net subscriber additions ahead of expectations, although a massive overseas expansion and investment in original content continue to dampen cash flow. 

Jan 19, 2016 — News Article

HBO to Launch Spain Streaming Service, Take on Netflix by Pamela Rolfe & Georg Szalai

Time Warner's premium TV giant, which decides case-by-case whether to run traditional networks, offer an OTT service or license programming in foreign markets, is releasing a standalone streaming video service in the country.

Jan 19, 2016 — News Article

Netflix shows how media and content are now truly global by Madeline Ashby

Netflix is cracking down on people who pay to “spoof” or otherwise fool Netflix into thinking that they live in another country.