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Nov 15, 2014 — News Article

Netflix is Short on Subscriber Growth But Beats Earnings Estimates by Paul Bond

Netflix stock was tumbling 23 percent -- more than $100 a share -- after the company announces quarterly subscriber numbers that are far short of expectations, even though the company beat earnings estimates.

Nov 3, 2014 — News Article

Hey kids, Vice is nice, but it will cost you by John Doyle

The $100-million joint venture between Vice Media and Rogers Communications Inc., will include a Toronto-based Vice Canada Studio and Vice TV Network to begin operations in 2015.

Oct 30, 2014 — News Article

Rogers, Vice Media to partner on $100-million venture by Christine Dobby

Rogers Communications Inc. reveals plans to build a production studio in Toronto with Vice Media, the edgy digital media company recently valued at $2.5-billion (U.S.).

Oct 28, 2014 — News Article

CBC wins broadcast rights to 2018, 2020 Olympics by Morgan Campbell

The CBC announces that it has partnered with Rogers and Bell to secure the rights to the 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games

Oct 28, 2014 — News Article

CBC wins Canada broadcast rights for 2018 and 2020 Olympics by Alastair Sharp

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp (CBC) said on Tuesday it will broadcast action from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, in partnership with telecom and media companies Rogers Communications Inc and BCE Inc.

Oct 22, 2014 — News Article

What's Behind Big Media's Big TV Push Into Europe by Scott Roxborough & George Szalai

Viacom, Fox and Discovery swoop across the Atlantic for megadeals as regulation-laden China presents more "ongoing risk". 

Oct 20, 2014 — News Article

How foreign online streaming will upset Bell and Rogers apple carts

Some experts says that Canadians will inevitably have access to American content streamed online when online streaming becomes the norm and more and more people abandon their cable providers.

Oct 20, 2014 — News Article

Netflix Orders First Canadian Original Series (Exclusive) by Etan Vlessing

The homegrown drama will debut simultaneously on City, the Canadian TV network that developed the one-hour drama, and in all Netflix territories outside Canada.

Oct 16, 2014 — News Article

CBS Launches Digital Subscription Service by Lacey Rose

The $5.99-a-month service will offer a robust SVOD library plus live local broadcasts.

Oct 13, 2014 — News Article

Rogers’ first NHL weekend: Don Cherry in his glory; CBC’s misstep magnified by Scott Stinson

Columnist says Rogers needs the ability to piggyback on CBC’s widely distributed network if it wants to reach the most homes; without the public broadcaster on board it would have moved much of its Saturday night NHL lineup into the nether regions of premium cable.

Oct 11, 2014 — News Article

RTC orders Punjabi radio stations in Metro Vancouver to explain themselves by Peter O’Neil

Sher-E-Punjab, Radio Punjab Ltd. and Radio India (2003) have operated for years from studios in Metro but haven’t got Canadian broadcast licences and broadcast their signals from south of the border.

Oct 8, 2014 — News Article

Netflix-CRTC standoff is chance to open Canadian TV system, finds Fraser Institute report

A new Fraser Institute paper suggests that the recent stand-off between Netflix and the CRTC provides an opportunity for the government to dismantle barriers that prevent open competition in Canadian television broadcasting.

Oct 3, 2014 — Policy Brief

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2014-190, CRTC Let’s Talk TV Proceeding - Final Submission

Final comments on the CRTC's Let’s Talk TV hearings on the future of television in Canada.

Oct 3, 2014 — News Article

Big Fights For Sports TV Audiences by Isme Bennie

The CRTC says Canadian subscribers have been expressing their dissatisfaction with the price of sports channels and about paying for packages of channels that include those they do not want.

Sep 30, 2014 — News Article

Children’s changing online experiences in a longitudinal perspective by Uwe Hasebrink

A report from EU Kids Online examining the conceptual and empirical work of the EU Kids Online network from a longitudinal perspective and asking "what can we say about changes in children’s online experiences?"

Sep 27, 2014 — News Article

How the CRTC is interfering with its own mandate in its Netflix battle by Calum Marsh

Columnist says the benefits of video-on-demand are of particular value to the Canadians who need the help most — independent filmmakers who can’t afford large-scale home video releases or nationwide theatrical distribution.

Sep 24, 2014 — News Article

Interference by PMO emboldened Netflix against broadcast regulator, experts say by Terry Pedwell

New media expert Michael Geist says Netflix's refusal to hand over requested consumer data to the CRTC calls into question the very authority of the broadcast regulator to institute any rules governing Internet-based video service providers.

Sep 23, 2014 — News Article

Why the CRTC’s pursuit of Netflix could define the future of Canadian Content by Ashley Csanady

Columnist says if the CRTC wants to boost Canadian content, it should stop looking to tax the internet, and start funding content directly.

Sep 22, 2014 — News Article

Netflix To CRTC: No, We Will Not Hand Over 'Sensitive' Data

Netflix says it will not turn over confidential subscriber information to Canada's broadcast regulator in order to safeguard private corporate information.

Sep 22, 2014 — News Article

Changes are coming to Canadian TV: Here are the issues and where the big players stand by James Bradshaw

The public broadcaster supports pick-and-pay, but warns it will have “a negative financial impact” on many stations.