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Cable providers readying for full pick-and-pay with theme packs

Media | 08/23/2016 9:24 pm EDT

Some companies are adding more selection to their cable TV packages by going the theme-pack route in preparation for the mandatory full pick-and-pay rules coming into effect this winter. The CRTC laid out the rules for unbundling cable packages last year. In March, the regulator required companies to provide skinny-basic packages for no more than $25 per month and give customers the choice of pick-and-pay for channels or smaller, reasonably priced packages. By Dec. 1, however, companies will be required to offer all of these options. Last week, Rogers Communications Inc. launched...

Mobile ads, music streaming to be a force in 2020: PwC

Media | 06/22/2016 9:31 pm EDT

Mobile advertising revenue and music streaming activity will see dramatic increases over the next four years, as technological innovation takes hold over traditional methods of media consumption, according to a new report from PWC. The Global Entertainment and Media Outlook, released Monday, surveyed the Canadian market in several categories, including Internet and television advertisements, music and radio. And while there are increases in consumption and revenue forecast for several categories, some of the largest increases will be seen in mobile ads and music streaming in 2020. “The...

Bell Media’s Crull takes aim at U.S. channel retransmission

Media | 03/06/2015 10:04 pm EST

OTTAWA — The retransmission of U.S. networks in Canada is the equivalent of Aereo, the service ruled illegal by the U.S. Supreme Court last year, Kevin Crull, president of BCE Inc.'s media...