National Capital Region to become test site for new mobile digital television network

The Ottawa region will be the test site for a new generation of digital television that will give over-the-air broadcasters the option of using part of their channel capacity to offer TV programs and other data services to portable or mobile devices, including laptops and cell phones. Broadcasters and government regulators will likely have an opportunity to see a demonstration of the new technology at work.

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Bell TV and Shaw Direct fight new requirement to carry independent local TV stations

A yet-to-be enforced regulatory policy governing the distribution of independently owned television stations on satellite has come under attack by Canada’s two satellite television companies. Both Bell TV and Shaw Direct have criticized a proposal to review the policy, arguing that proposed changes are premature and will undermine the viability of direct-to-home (DTH) carriers.

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GameON Finance 2009 conference: New threats and opportunities for games developers

An increasingly diverse customer base, new distribution options, and changing technologies present video game developers with novel opportunities, according to participants at a Toronto conference this week on the interactive entertainment industry. But speakers at GameON Finance 2009 also outlined a host of unprecedented challenges for Canadian game makers.

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CRTC’s web traffic decision wins praise although privacy and higher bills could still be an issue

Yesterday’s CRTC ruling on net neutrality has earned Canada’ s big telcos and cablecos a victory by allowing Internet traffic management, but the decision may have unforeseen repercussions in the form of privacy issues and higher bills for users, warns one technology analyst. The decision could also put Canada at odds with the U.S., where the regulator today approved new draft rules designed to prevent Internet providers from blocking or slowing traffic on their networks.

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