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Rogers needs Shaw to sell CanCon alongside OTT services 

Media | 11/22/2021 8:35 pm EST

Top brass from Shaw Communications Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc. sought to convince CRTC officials that a merger of their two companies would be a boon for Canadian television programming in the face of increased competition from U.S.-based over-the-top streaming...

Broadcasting regulation debate at electoral standstill as advocates, industry react

Media | 09/14/2021 7:16 pm EDT

According to an advocacy group opposing restrictions on the internet, although the Conservative government has a better approach when it comes to the question on what to do...

The Wire Report’s guide to the 2021 federal election 

Media | 08/17/2021 2:35 pm EDT

After Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally called Sunday for a...

Motion Picture Association Canada agrees digital media survey should wait for C-10

Media | 08/10/2021 5:28 pm EDT

The CRTC’s efforts to implement a digital media survey are premature, according to the Canadian affiliate of the Motion Picture Association, who argued that the commission should wait until the...

Consensus on CRTC data collection for foreign outlets; disagreement on how

Media | 08/09/2021 5:32 pm EDT

Civil groups and Canadian telecoms companies agree that the CRTC should...

Senate begins C-10 analysis with broad debate 

Media | 06/24/2021 10:41 am EDT

Senators are looking beyond the free speech issues raised by critics of the revised Broadcasting Act and...

Heritage committee moves to table 2017 “Netflix deal”

Media | 06/14/2021 6:07 pm EDT

The Heritage Committee will be making the 2017 “Netflix deal” public after the NDP brought a motion to the committee compelling its disclosure. At Monday’s committee meeting -- the first since debate on Bill C-10 came to a conclusion -- NDP MP Heather McPherson brought forward a motion to have the Department of Canadian Heritage, along with the committee, table a copy of the initial agreement and any subsequent amendments between Canadian Heritage and Netflix Inc. signed in 2017 and entered into under the Investment Canada act. In September 2017, then-Heritage Minister Mélanie...

We’re ‘used to’ broadcaster interpretations of CRTC content regs: Scott

Media | 03/26/2021 4:38 pm EDT

Asked whether or not the CRTC is up to the task of dealing with broadcasters who may try to circumvent Canadian content regulations if Bill C-10 is passed and brings streaming...

Local news funding needed in C-10: Bell

Media | 03/22/2021 6:07 pm EDT

As the House of Commons Heritage committee hearings on the government's proposed update to the...

C-10 policy direction draft will be subject to public scrutiny before being issued

Media | 03/08/2021 6:15 pm EST

Stakeholders from across the broadcasting sector will have a chance to comment on a draft of the policy direction that will shape how the CRTC applies the forthcoming update to the Broadcast Act,...

Cogeco accuses Wildbrain of “glaring abuse” of CRTC process over Part 1

Media | 03/03/2021 5:26 pm EST

Cogeco Inc. has responded to a Part 1 from television company Wildbrain,...

Official language minority groups ask to be included in Broadcasting Act overhaul

Media | 02/01/2021 5:44 pm EST

The government’s draft legislation to reform Canada’s Broadcasting Act must be amended to explicitly include official language minority communities, stakeholders told the House of Commons heritage committee Monday, during its first hearing into Bill C-10. Representatives of the Fédération culturelle...

Sales tax for foreign digital services coming July 1

Media | 11/30/2020 6:07 pm EST

The federal government plans to begin imposing sales taxes on foreign digital services on July 1, 2021...

CanCon relief will help commercial radio compete with Spotify: Bell Media 

Media | 11/19/2020 5:40 pm EST

Canadian content programming relief from the CRTC would allow BCE Inc.'s...

Digital platforms won’t fight or flee new regulations, Guilbeault says

Media | 11/04/2020 5:46 pm EST

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault isn’t concerned about potential political or industry opposition to the Broadcasting Act updates he tabled Tuesday, saying in an...

Broadcast Act updates not comprehensive enough: NDP, Conservatives

Media | 11/03/2020 6:44 pm EST

The Liberal government’s proposed updates to the Broadcasting Act have...

COVID has accelerated media ‘crisis’: report

Media | 08/26/2020 5:17 pm EDT

Canadian traditional media sources are in "crisis" as COVID-19 has exacerbated existing downward trends in advertising revenues, with shortfalls for local private broadcasters in the next two years...

Broadcasting sector reacts to O’Toole victory

Media | 08/24/2020 6:19 pm EDT

The election of Erin O'Toole as federal opposition leader late Sunday night makes "the threat of CBC...

Working from home binge: OTT viewing up during the pandemic

Media | 07/28/2020 6:08 pm EDT

A quarter of anglophone Canadian over-the-top (OTT) service subscribers...

Bains says he’s in ‘constant contact’ with telecoms over network capacity

telecom | 04/08/2020 4:24 pm EDT

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains says the strength of Canada’s telecommunications networks has been on “full display” during the COVID-19 pandemic, as they have coped...

Netflix lowers Canadian bit rate for next 30 days

telecom | 03/27/2020 12:44 pm EDT

Netflix Inc. has announced it will lower its bit rate in Canada by 25 per cent for the next 30 days, just days after three telecommunications associations publicly urged the streaming giant to lower rates to lessen network...

Networks coping, but future traffic impossible to predict

Media | 03/25/2020 5:48 pm EDT

Experts say Canada’s telecommunications networks are currently handling a...

‘Task force’ assembled for Canadian screen industry

Media | 03/20/2020 4:48 pm EDT

The COVID-19 global pandemic represents "an unprecedented challenge for all involved in the screen-based industry across Canada," according to the Canadian Media Fund.  As such, the CMF has joined...

There was never a Netflix deal: federal government

Media | 02/25/2020 5:27 pm EST

Former Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly’s much-touted 2017 deal with Netflix Inc. to spend $500 million...

Confusion over Guilbeault remarks on BTLR online news recs

Media | 02/03/2020 1:27 pm EST

OTTAWA — On Monday Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault, with some help...

BTLR reaction mixed, no clarity on gov’t implementation

Media | 01/29/2020 5:32 pm EST

OTTAWA — A broadcasting and telecommunications legislative review report...

CRTC should regulate foreign digital services, news sites: BTLR

Media | 01/29/2020 12:00 pm EST

The blue-ribbon panel tasked with modernizing Canada’s communications...

‘Clock ticking’ on new content rules for web giants, Guilbeault says

Media | 01/13/2020 2:30 pm EST

The Liberal government's minority mandate means it will have to move fast...

Netflix disclosure ‘nothing to do with regulation,’ company says

Media | 12/18/2019 5:51 pm EST

Following the federal parties’ shared pursuit to further regulate foreign internet companies, Netflix Inc. has this week disclosed for the first time its Canadian figures...

Telecom in the spotlight in new Bains mandate letter

Media | 12/13/2019 9:25 pm EST

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has delivered a greatly expanded set of telecom and internet-related...

Facebook to lobby feds on digital services tax after election promises

Media | 11/21/2019 5:34 pm EST

Facebook Inc. has registered to lobby the federal government on “proposed...

Blair says ‘no timeline’ on Huawei ban; Bains promises ‘more’ on prices

Media | 11/20/2019 1:51 pm EST

OTTAWA — New Public Safety Minister Bill Blair indicated Wednesday he is...

BDUs appeal new distant signal tariffs

Media | 11/12/2019 12:00 pm EST

The country’s largest TV service providers are appealing an increase in the over-the-air distant signal...

Allarco’s Super Channel asked to justify its license renewal before the CRTC

Media | 11/06/2019 11:28 am EST

GATINEAU — Either Allarco Entertainment 2008 Inc. is an essential part of the independent Canadian broadcasting landscape, critical to Canadian content producers, or it...

New public safety minister, wireless prices on agenda in Liberal minority

Media | 10/22/2019 6:35 pm EDT

With the Liberal Party’s victory in the federal election Monday, its...

CPC plans for Netflix, rural broadband still unclear days ahead of vote

Media | 10/17/2019 12:54 pm EDT

Despite Conservative leader Andrew Scheer indicating throughout this...

Consensus on ‘digital giants,’ data breaches in French debate

Media | 10/10/2019 11:57 pm EDT

Federal party leaders agreed Thursday evening in the last debate of the...

OECD seeks unified tax regime for web giants

telecom | 10/10/2019 5:49 pm EDT

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development will host a public consultation next month on its proposed “unified approach” to the taxation of the world’s biggest tech companies. A document released by the...

CanCon producers silent on CBC-Netflix rift

Media | 10/09/2019 7:14 pm EDT

Organizations that represent important stakeholders in the field of Canadian content are staying...

Leaders talk Netflix taxes, privacy in TVA election debate

Media | 10/02/2019 10:51 pm EDT

During the first French-language debate of the federal election campaign,...

Election 2019: watch for price caps, Netflix regs, Huawei ban

Media | 09/10/2019 12:03 pm EDT

Even before the federal election campaign officially kicked off, telecom...

Creative groups lobbying for tax credits on content development

Media | 09/03/2019 5:44 pm EDT

Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal is lobbying both the Alberta and Ontario...

Helix will keep cord-cutters in Videotron ‘ecosystem,’ CEO says

Media | 08/27/2019 5:52 pm EDT

MONTREAL — Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron unveiled its new Helix platform Tuesday, and the company is counting on the combined IPTV, WiFi management and smart home platform to...

Feds putting $14.6 million toward French-language network

Media | 08/12/2019 4:41 pm EDT

The federal government last week announced that it would pour $14.6 million...

CRTC commissioning report about market impact of online BDUs

Media | 08/09/2019 6:40 pm EDT

The CRTC wants to know more about the potential for the Canadian...

CRTC asks wireless providers to justify post-data cap throttling

telecom | 07/04/2019 4:52 pm EDT

The CRTC has asked several telecoms to explain how their throttling of wireless speeds once customers exceed their data allotments doesn’t violate the commission’s regulatory policy on internet...

Rodriguez promises CanCon rules for ‘web giants’

Media | 06/26/2019 5:53 pm EDT

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez said in a social media post Wednesday that the Liberal government plans...

Broadcast, TV service revenues down again: CRTC

Media | 06/20/2019 8:26 pm EDT

New data released by the CRTC Thursday shows the industry-wide trend of tumbling broadcast sector revenue continued last year, with broadcasters and TV service providers both seeing declines. Between 2017 and 2018, revenues for the total broadcasting sector -- both TV...

Heritage committee calls for end of ISP safe harbour copyright rules

Media | 05/16/2019 1:10 pm EDT

The House heritage committee says the government should do more to fight...

Canadians want more money for CBC, don’t trust OTTs to support CanCon: Poll

Media | 05/13/2019 5:18 pm EDT

Almost 60 per cent of Canadians have “low trust and confidence” in Netflix Inc. to “protect Canadian culture and identity on television”; half of Canadians don't trust cable companies to do...

NDP calls for OTT sales tax, end of ad tax exemption

Media | 05/13/2019 2:25 pm EDT

MONTREAL — The NDP’s platform for this year’s federal election will include requiring foreign...

Péladeau willing to pull TVA Sports signal in fight with Bell

Media | 04/08/2019 6:03 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Quebecor Inc. president and CEO Pierre Karl Péladeau said...

New 2030 speed target too far away for rural Canada: NDP critic

telecom | 03/22/2019 11:25 am EDT

OTTAWA — NDP industry critic Brian Masse says the new broadband strategy...

Distributors ask for Canadian film exhibition quotas on broadcast, OTT

Media | 03/01/2019 12:11 pm EST

Both over-the-top services and broadcasters should be required to show a certain amount of Canadian feature films, the Canadian Association of Film Distributors and Exporters is asking the panel...

OTT video revenues comparable to conventional TV in 2017: CMR

telecom | 02/27/2019 7:23 pm EST

Internet-based video services generated enough revenue in Canada in 2017 to rival the total revenues of private and CBC conventional television stations combined, according to the CRTC’s...

Netflix setting up production hub in Toronto

Media | 02/19/2019 1:09 pm EST

Netflix Inc. will expand its production presence in Canada by leasing space at two Toronto production...

YouTube top source of mobile traffic: Sandvine

Media | 02/18/2019 10:12 am EST

Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube makes up just over 35 per cent of worldwide mobile data traffic, making it the biggest download draw on phones by a wide-margin, according to Sandvine Corp.’s Mobile Phenomena Report released Monday. “YouTube is still the dominant video...

Don’t exclude online services from Broadcasting Act: Private radio

Media | 02/04/2019 12:00 pm EST

Canada’s private radio broadcasters are fighting against a push to keep...

CBC president likens Netflix to colonialism

Media | 01/31/2019 4:27 pm EST

OTTAWA — CBC/Radio-Canada’s president Catherine Tait compared Netflix Inc.’s worldwide presence to...

MPs demand removal of Lac Mégantic images from Netflix

Media | 01/30/2019 3:14 pm EST

The House of Commons unanimously passed a motion Tuesday condemning Netflix...

New Broadcast Act should ‘unambiguously exclude’ OTT: Netflix

Media | 01/25/2019 4:51 pm EST

Netflix Inc. is defending against calls to rope foreign over-the-top...

Bell asked gov’t to ban some VPNs: documents

Media | 01/23/2019 4:40 pm EST

BCE Inc. urged the federal government to make virtual private networks (VPNs) used to circumvent copyright illegal, ahead of the renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). VPN services, normally offered at a monthly rate, mask users' real IP...

FRPC wants CanCon visibility on search engines

Media | 01/21/2019 12:50 pm EST

As a rule, when Canadians search keywords on the internet, they should be presented with Canadian content...

Fast-track OTT review, clock ticking on CMF ‘top-up’: CMPA

Media | 01/18/2019 10:41 am EST

The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) wants the government to...

Big telecoms fight calls for an ‘ISP tax’, pitch new OTT rules

telecom | 01/16/2019 5:55 pm EST

Some of Canada’s biggest telecom companies rejected calls to force ISPs...

Netflix considering setting up hub in Toronto: report

Media | 01/10/2019 12:34 pm EST

Toronto mayor John Tory said he has been in discussion with Netflix Inc. about setting up a production...

Top telecom and media stories to watch for in 2019

Media | 12/21/2018 5:46 pm EST

As the new year begins, the months ahead promise a new spectrum auction, new CRTC announcements on...

English Canadian subs to OTT jumps to 65%: MTM

Media | 12/06/2018 1:17 pm EST

The number of English-speaking adults in Canada subscribing to over-the-top streaming services continues...

Canadian Netflix had best value-for-money compared to other countries: study

Media | 11/30/2018 4:05 pm EST

A new analysis published by the consumer website Comparitech this week...

Cost of TV service driving cord-cutting: Angus Reid

Media | 10/18/2018 6:18 pm EDT

A new report from the Angus Reid Institute indicates that the cost of services is the main driver behind...

OPC asks for more flexibility on info sharing with CRTC

telecom | 10/16/2018 4:38 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Canada’s federal privacy watchdog asked a Senate committee Tuesday to increase his office’s information sharing abilities with the CRTC and Competition Bureau when consumer protection and privacy issues intersect. Privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien told...

Bandwidth pressures a concern for indigenous ISPs

telecom | 10/11/2018 5:43 pm EDT

Internet service providers (ISPs) in rural and remote communities are trying to keep up with the appetite...

Federal Court orders ban on ‘Mr. Blamo’ Kodi add-on software

Media | 10/03/2018 6:04 pm EDT

Nearly a dozen content producers have obtained a court order banning set-top box software developed by an individual in Canada that allows users to watch their content for free, according to court...

‘Narrow window’ to make new comms laws with USMCA: Nordicity

Media | 10/02/2018 3:28 pm EDT

OTTAWA -- There is an “urgent need” for Canadian lawmakers to set out a new communications framework now that Canada has hammered out a new trilateral agreement on trade to replace the North...

New NAFTA allows Super Bowl simsub ahead of SCC review

Media | 10/01/2018 7:18 pm EDT

The new trade pact forged by Canada, the U.S. and Mexico to replace the...

Netflix expects to ‘exceed’ planned investment in Canadian content

Media | 09/28/2018 3:24 pm EDT

Netflix Inc. says it’s “on track to exceed” its $500 million pledge to invest in Canadian content, a company official wrote in a blog post Friday. “This is because...

Netflix Canada’s first employee plucked from the CMF

Media | 08/30/2018 4:40 pm EDT

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) has confirmed that its vice-president of...

NDP to lobby government on foreign digital sales, ad taxes

Media | 08/29/2018 6:10 pm EDT

The federal NDP said it will enter the new parliamentary session with a focus on pressuring the government to right wrongs they say have been committed by allowing foreign internet companies to skirt...

Canadians agreed to pay at least $200K to settle copyright suits in 2018

Media | 08/22/2018 5:08 pm EDT

More than a dozen movie studios have sued Canadians in recent months in a...

Netflix has 75% of Canadian OTT market: report

Media | 08/01/2018 4:15 pm EDT

Just under half of Canadians, or 47.2 per cent, use subscription over-the-top (OTT) services, according...

TV dominates OTT in viewership: industry group

Media | 07/25/2018 5:12 pm EDT

Despite the impact over-the-top (OTT) streaming services have had on the television market for sometime in Canada, a new report by Think TV suggests that linear is still dominating those services. The report said that,...

Joly out at Heritage as Pablo Rodriguez named new minister

Media | 07/18/2018 5:00 pm EDT

Former chief government whip Pablo Rodriguez is the new heritage minister,...

We have no obligation to offer paper bills: telecoms

telecom | 07/10/2018 4:54 pm EDT

There is no legal or regulatory obligation on telecoms to offer paper bills, BCE Inc. said in a filing to the CRTC, responding to an application asking the regulator to ensure companies must provide a paper bill to customers who...

OTT co-productions trending up: study

Media | 06/26/2018 12:41 pm EDT

Domestic and international content producers and over-the-top (OTT) services are continuing to partner...

Live TV streaming services opportunity for Corus, CEO says

Media | 06/13/2018 5:30 pm EDT

U.S.-based video services like Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube TV and Amazon.com Inc.’s Amazon Channels are “looking hard at Canada right now,” said Corus Entertainment Inc. CEO Doug Murphy at a telecom and media investors conference on Wednesday. “They're going to go...

Canadians using multiple devices, but adoption leveling off: MTM

Media | 06/08/2018 6:29 pm EDT

According to the latest data from CBC/Radio-Canada’s Media Technology Monitoring (MTM) project, 35 per cent of English-speaking internet users in Canada continue to own four types of electronic...

ISED won’t rule out using spectrum proceeds for CanCon: Bains

Media | 06/01/2018 4:47 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains and Heritage Minister Mélanie...

CRTC calls for ISPs to pay for CanCon, ‘equitable’ OTT contributions

Media | 05/31/2018 11:18 am EDT

GATINEAU — The CRTC is recommending the government undertake a bevy of...

26% of Canadians access pirated content, new report shows

Media | 05/30/2018 6:16 pm EDT

A government-commissioned report is shedding light on the extent of...

Historia, Series+ sale blocked in surprise move

Media | 05/28/2018 5:51 pm EDT

The Competition Bureau has blocked the $200 million sale of the Historia and Series+ channels from Corus Entertainment Inc. to BCE Inc., saying that the reasons that led the bureau to force Bell to divest the channels in the first place were still valid. “The Bureau’s...

Dennis Heaton named new president of WGC

Media | 05/07/2018 3:33 pm EDT

Showrunner Dennis Heaton is the new president of the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC), the organization said Monday. The two-year term is effective May 1 and will end on April 30, 2020, a press release said. A member of the...

Trade committee recommends sales tax for foreign ‘intangible products’

telecom | 04/27/2018 4:54 pm EDT

The House standing committee on international trade is calling on the government to implement sales taxes on “intangible products” sold by foreign companies, improve rural internet access and...

CBS All Access launches early in Canada

Media | 04/23/2018 1:28 pm EDT

CBS Corp.’s All Access streaming service is now available in Canada, the company said in a press...

Quebecor, cultural groups praise Que. budget digital sales tax

Media | 03/28/2018 4:01 pm EDT

The Quebec government’s 2018 budget, unveiled Tuesday, includes a measure...

Radio-Canada asks broadcasters ‘to pool our strengths’ on OTT, content

Media | 03/16/2018 10:02 am EDT

CBC/Radio-Canada is in negotiations over opening up its French-language...

Money for CanCon in budget stopgap measure: CMPA

Media | 03/01/2018 1:33 pm EST

The 2018 federal budget, released Tuesday, confirmed the Canadian Media Fund (CMF) will receive top ups...

Data, programmatic ads benefit in telecoms’ media ownership: Moody’s

Media | 02/23/2018 12:53 pm EST

Data insights and programmatic advertising that could disrupt digital...

Get rid of digital media exemption, CUPE asks CRTC

Media | 02/16/2018 4:31 pm EST

CUPE’s Provincial Council for Communications (CPSC) in Quebec is calling on the CRTC to drop the rules that exempt digital over-the-top (OTT) services from the same regulations as traditional broadcasters, in a news release on...

CRTC asks digital giants for info, promises confidentiality

Media | 02/05/2018 2:02 pm EST

As part of its government-ordered proceeding on future content distribution models, the CRTC is asking a number of companies — including Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Netflix Inc. — for information about their digital media broadcasting revenues, subscribers and viewing in Canada. Several years ago, during its Let’s Talk TV proceeding, those two companies refused to provide such info to the regulator, triggering conflict with the commission that saw then-chairman Jean-Pierre Blais briefly walk out of a hearing and threaten to revoke the digital-media exemption order under which Netflix...