The CRTC will release the results of its fact-finding exercise into over-the-top programming services Wednesday at 11 a.m. The Wire Report hears that the much-anticipated release will be issued Oct. 5 and will relay the commission’s findings from the consultation launched May 25. The consultation examined regulatory options and issues related to Internet-based programming options like Netflix, Apple TV and YouTube Movies. Although no policies, regulations or new proceedings are expected to arise from Wednesday’s report, the commission’s findings could help shape future CRTC hearings on the issue if necessary. Right now, Canada’s broadcasting regulatory framework provides an exemption for over-the-top websites and other new media undertakings to operate without a Canadian broadcasting licence and without meeting Canadian content obligations required of traditional broadcasters. The exemption order allows unlicensed, foreign-owned players like Netflix to offer content online while traditional broadcasters must be Canadian-owned. During the fact-finding exercise, companies Bell Canada Entertainment Inc., Rogers Communications Inc., Shaw Communications Inc., Google Inc., and Netflix Inc. filed submissions, as well as cultural and consumer advocacy groups. Recommendations varied, from some that suggested deregulating the requirements on traditional broadcasters to those that sought new obligations for over-the-top services.