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Cancon should be on all screens: Blais

telecom | 02/19/2014 9:17 pm EST

In response to a question on Twitter about whether the CRTC will regulate Canadian content on all screens, CRTC Chair Jean-Pierre Blais said that “it’s important for Canadian content to be on all screens.” Blais made the statement on Wednesday during live chat about the CRTC’s ongoing review of the television system. The commission launched a questionnaire as part of Phase 2 of that review Tuesday, and the Wire Report reported that some of the questions in it imply the regulator is reconsidering its previous stance not to regulate over-the-top services like that...

Most people who stream TV binge watch: Netflix

Media | 12/13/2013 9:43 pm EST

In a survey of 1,500 U.S. viewers who watch TV by streaming it online, 61 per cent “binge watch” TV shows regularly, Netflix Inc. said. The company said in a release Friday that the majority of respondents defined “binge watching” as viewing two to six episodes of the same TV show in one sitting. It added 76 per cent of respondents said “watching multiple episodes of a great TV show is a welcome refuge from their busy lives.” Additionally, 79 per cent said watching several episodes at once “actually makes the shows more enjoyable,”...

Netflix expands CBC licensing deal

Media | 12/04/2013 9:16 pm EST

Netflix Inc. and CBC/Radio Canada have expanded their licensing agreement, adding CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries, as well as new seasons of series like Republic of Doyle and Heartland, to Netflix’s streaming service....

4K TV imposes hurdles on telcos, broadcasters

Media | 12/02/2013 10:15 pm EST

As the holiday shopping season begins, shoppers in electronics stores might find their eye caught by a new type of television set—one that offers a more detailed, crisper and richer picture than its high-definition brethren....

Netflix, NBCUniversal reach Canadian distribution deal

Media | 11/29/2013 4:12 pm EST

Netflix Inc. has reached a content-licensing agreement with NBCUniversal Inc. to distribute the American studio's feature films and TV reruns in Canada, the company said. In a release Friday, Netflix said its deal with NBCUniversal, a Comcast Corp. subsidiary, will allow the company to distribute the studio's...

Netflix, YouTube account for half of North American Internet traffic: report

Media | 11/11/2013 7:37 pm EST

A new report shows that Netflix Inc. and Google Inc.’s YouTube are the source of more than half the traffic being accessed by Internet users on fixed networks in North America. Waterloo,...

MTM says 21% of Canadians subscribe to Netflix

Media | 09/24/2013 6:57 pm EDT

The number of Canadian subscribers to Netflix Inc.'s online streaming service has almost doubled year-over-year, reaching 21 per cent of Canadian adults this spring, according to polling data by Media Technology Monitor. MTM, a joint research project between CBC/Radio-Canada and BBM Analytics, said that 21 per cent of Canadian adults say they subscribe to Netflix. The national results, provided to The Wire Report, came from a poll conducted in the spring, for which the survey asked 4,000 Canadian adults: “Do you currently have a paid subscription to Netflix?” Twenty one per...

The next battle for OTT? Licensing

Media | 08/06/2013 3:33 pm EDT

Television providers have had a few years now to get used to online competition from over-the-top streaming services, though they should brace for more. As early as this year, they will be facing a new generation of online...

HBO could launch today as OTT. Where does that put BCE’s TV Everywhere strategy?

Media | 07/17/2013 8:42 pm EDT

BCE Inc., the country's largest converged media and telecom company, finally acquired Astral Media Inc. and its “must have” pay service TMN last month, after the CRTC gave its blessing to the $3.38-billion deal. The companies said the transaction, which would give BCE ownership of...

Netflix reaches exclusive deal for Arrested Development in Canada

telecom | 12/07/2012 9:47 pm EST

Netflix Inc. will distribute the new, fourth season of comedy Arrested Development in Canada, the company said Monday. In a release, Netflix said the new season of the program, which went off the air in 2006, is being produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television and Imagine Television. The show's previous three seasons...