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Telecoms, broadcasters lobbying on COVID-19 effects

| 04/21/2020 5:28 pm EDT

Telecom and media companies, including Quebecor Inc. and Corus Entertainment Inc., have begun adding COVID-19-related registrations to their lobby files in recent weeks. On April 15, Corus added “discussions of COVID-19-related financial impacts and potential government responses” to the registration under its CEO Doug Murphy. In late March, Corus’ consultant lobbyist Sarina Rehal also registered to lobby on the effects of COVID-19 on the company. She reported a communication with Mathieu Bouchard, chief of staff for Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault under that registration on March...

Roku brings AVOD service to Canada

telecom | 07/24/2018 5:30 pm EDT

Roku Inc. is launching its no-cost ad-supported video-on-demand service (AVOD) The Roku Channel in Canada, according to a blog post Monday. People who own Roku TVs or the Roku streaming box will have immediate access to “hundreds” of TV shows, movies and documentaries, said the post. The service will feature a rotating selection of “box office hits and great classic movies” every month. Roku said the advertising time will be a third less than linear television, something previously pointed out by Doug Murphy, CEO of Corus Entertainment Inc., as a boon for advertisers and...

MHz Choice launches in Canada

Media | 09/20/2017 2:58 pm EDT

Streaming service MHz Choice, which exclusively features international productions, is now available in...

VMedia bringing live-streaming TV to Roku devices

Media | 09/20/2016 6:19 pm EDT

VMedia Inc. has rolled out live TV to Canadian users of Roku Inc.’s devices, Roku said in a press release Friday. Canadians can “watch up to 20 live TV channels, including Canadian and US networks such as...

Are apps the future of TV?

Media | 10/14/2015 4:30 pm EDT

In the past 18 months, Ottawa-based TV app-maker You.i TV has grown from 20 employees to 130, and the company expects that kind of expansion to continue in the next year, according to Matt Nelson, You.i TV’s director of marketing. “Basically, anyone who has a channel, anyone who has a...

You.i TV gets $15M in funding

Media | 09/14/2015 5:03 pm EDT

You.i TV, an Ottawa-based company making software for video applications, said Monday it has secured $15 million in funding, led by Los Angeles-based private-equity group Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors LP. The company said in a...

CBS to live-stream first regular-season NFL game

Media | 09/02/2015 6:38 pm EDT

CBS Corp.’s sports division said Tuesday that next month it will live-stream a regular-season National Football League game for the first time. The game featured is an Oct. 4 matchup between the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins, which is taking place at Wembley Stadium in London. CBS said it will also live-stream a game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 26, which is Thanksgiving in the United States. This will mark CBS’ first live-stream of an NFL game on Thanksgiving, which is traditionally a popular day for football viewing. Beyond these two games,...