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C-11 allows Canadian cultural sector to avoid becoming “service industry”: Canada Media Fund

Media | 10/25/2022 4:03 pm EDT

Whether or not enough content is produced in Canada by the likes of Netflix Inc., Walt Disney Co., or Amazon.com Inc. is a less important question than whether that content --...

Rodriguez slams Tories for misinformation on Online Streaming Act

Media | 06/07/2022 3:45 pm EDT

Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez attacked the opposition for spreading misinformation about the provisions of Bill C-11, the Online Streaming Act. The minister...

Foreign streamers wary of CRTC power under Online Streaming Act, CHPC told

Media | 06/02/2022 4:53 pm EDT

Alphabet Inc.'s YouTube believes the provisions of Bill C-11, the Online Streaming Act, give too much power to the CRTC to regulate content, the company’s head of government affairs and public...

C-11 needs to incentivize a new era of foreign-domestic partnerships: Bell

Media | 06/02/2022 2:54 pm EDT

BCE Inc. wants the government to incentivize foreign-domestic partnerships...

Tories denounce Bill C-11 while Bloc defends it

Media | 05/06/2022 4:08 pm EDT

Debate continued in the House of Commons Thursday on the Online Streaming Act, known as Bill C-11....

Corus sells over 400 episodes of different series to Hulu

Media | 04/07/2022 3:31 pm EDT

Corus Entertainment Inc.’s Corus Studios announced Thursday it has sold...

Bill C-11 a new bill with no new ideas, and a ‘legal pretzel’ for censorship: CPC

Media | 03/01/2022 5:05 pm EST

For the second time in the span of a year, the Liberal government has introduced a new bill to update Canada’s broadcasting act but “what it doesn't bring is new ideas,”...

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....

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...

Blockbuster Disney production lobbying over COVID-19 protocols

Media | 07/21/2020 6:34 pm EDT

The production company creating a remake of 1940s noir film Nightmare Alley...

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...

Disney’s streaming service coming in November

Media | 08/19/2019 4:58 pm EDT

Walt Disney Co. announced Monday that it would be launching its Disney+ streaming service in Canada on...

OTT subs set to overtake traditional TV by 2020: report

Media | 04/23/2019 4:53 pm EDT

The number of Canadians who opt for over-the-top services is set to surpass the number of Canadians who subscribe to traditional television providers next year, according to a report released...

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...

Viewing of U.S. kids’ linear TV channels in a freefall: analyst

Media | 11/16/2018 4:30 pm EST

Viewership of children’s TV channels in the United States declined by another 20 per cent in the past year, according to Bernstein Research analyst Todd Juenger. That decline means viewing of major ad-supported kids’ networks like the Cartoon Network and Walt Disney Co.’s Disney XD has fallen by 63 per cent over the past seven years, Juenger said in a research note Thursday. At the same time, advertising has only fallen by 6.6 per cent over that time period and carriage fees have...

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...

Big concessions on NAFTA cultural exemption unlikely, experts say

Media | 09/07/2018 2:40 pm EDT

As cultural protection emerges as a last-stretch NAFTA sticking point,...

NFB awareness lagging behind Disney, CBC

Media | 09/05/2017 1:15 pm EDT

Canadians’ awareness of the National Film Board (NFB) as an organization that produces documentary or...

New OTT offerings pose threat to BDUs, opportunity for producers

Media | 08/17/2017 4:47 pm EDT

A proliferation of new streaming TV competition in Canada is set to benefit...

Disney going it alone with planned streaming services

Media | 08/09/2017 5:17 pm EDT

Walt Disney Co. will end its partnership with Netflix Inc. and launch two of its own separate streaming services in the next two years. Beginning in 2018, the company will launch an ESPN-branded multi-sport video streaming service and will follow that up with a...

Corus sees revenue, profit boost in Q3

Media | 06/27/2017 12:46 pm EDT

Corus Entertainment Inc. reported increases in both revenues and profit Tuesday, numbers that reflected its purchase of Shaw Communications Inc.’s media division last year. For the three months ended May 31, the...

Impact of wholesale rates, pick-and-pay will be felt in 2017: Canaccord

Media | 01/05/2017 10:09 pm EST

The initial pinch of the CRTC’s decisions on two important issues in 2016 — wholesale rates and pick-and-pay — will be felt in the new year, according to Canaccord...

Media companies looking to MCNs to reach younger audiences

Media | 11/11/2016 9:17 pm EST

Multi-channel networks (MCNs) have carved out a space in the online video ecosystem in recent years, leading traditional broadcasters to move into MCNs as a relatively low-risk way to reach younger...

Nelvana, Disney sign distribution deal

telecom | 08/29/2016 8:38 pm EDT

Canadian producer-distributor Nelvana, which is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., has inked a deal with a Walt Disney Co. subsidiary licensing international broadcast and on-demand rights for a new animated series...

SVOD revenues to double by 2021: Juniper

Media | 07/19/2016 9:28 pm EDT

Subscription video-on-demand service (SVOD) revenues will double by 2021, as broadcasters and TV network providers look to enter the market amid a trend in cord cutting and shaving, according to a new report. Juniper Research...

What does the growth of video-game streaming mean for TV?

Media | 06/17/2016 5:32 pm EDT

Millions of people tuned into live broadcasts of the electronic entertainment expo (E3) this week on Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube and Amazon.com Inc.’s Twitch.tv. It’s an event whose...

Corus version of Disney XD coming in December

Media | 11/09/2015 2:57 pm EST

Corus Entertainment Inc. said Monday that its version of kids' specialty channel Disney XD will start broadcasting in Canada in December. It will join its other Disney-branded stations, such as Disney Channel and Disney...

New Star Wars movie coming to Netflix in Canada only

Media | 10/26/2015 5:43 pm EDT

Canadian Netflix Inc. subscribers will be the only ones able to stream Walt Disney Co.'s Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2016. A Netflix representative confirmed in a phone call that the seventh installment, and latest...

Corus expands original content distribution to U.S. broadcasters

Media | 10/05/2015 3:51 pm EDT

Following Corus Entertainment Inc.’s announcement at MIPCOM, the global entertainment content conference, it said in a press release Monday that it has signed deals to distribute its original content to two U.S. broadcasters. Corus said that Walt Disney Co.’s ABC Family has secured the rights to Cheer Stars, and Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. has secured the rights to Masters of Flip. “We’re thrilled to be teaming up with these top-rated U.S. networks to introduce Corus’ original series to new audiences,” John MacDonald, executive vice-president of...

Corus launches Disney Channel, expands Cartoon Network distribution

Media | 09/03/2015 9:12 pm EDT

Corus Entertainment Inc. said Thursday in two press releases it has launched the Disney Channel and expanded the distribution of its Cartoon Network. Disney Channel is now available in 10 million...

Netflix cuts ties with major movie group, focuses on exclusive content

Media | 08/31/2015 7:54 pm EDT

Netflix Inc. will not renew its licencing agreement with Epix — a joint venture by Paramount Pictures Corp., Lions Gate Entertainment Inc. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. — because it...

Corus’ Disney Channel coming next month

Media | 08/11/2015 7:24 pm EDT

Corus Entertainment Inc. said Tuesday that its new Disney Channel will debut in Canada on Sept. 1. This follows news Corus announced in April that it had struck a deal with Walt Disney Co. for the rights to the U.S. company's content in Canada. Corus said in a press release Tuesday that the Disney Channel will feature shows such as K.C....

Netflix’ reach to pass U.S. networks next year: analysts

Media | 06/30/2015 5:41 pm EDT

Netflix Inc.'s audience is already on par with two out of the three major U.S. television networks and will be bigger than all three in about a year, U.S. investment analysts said last week. Chase White and Barton Crockett of FBR Capital Markets & Co. said in a note issued June 24 that Nielson Co. does not issue...

DHX revenue almost triples over 1 year

Media | 05/14/2015 2:35 pm EDT

DHX Media Ltd. said Thursday that revenue for its third quarter ended March 31 almost tripled from a year earlier to $85.6 million from $29 million, thanks to a major acquisition and gains in its distribution and production businesses. The broadcaster and TV-content producer said in a press release that much of that gain came from the acquisition of Family Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior from BCE Inc., which was announced in November 2013 and closed last year. The DHX Television unit created by this purchase contributed $20.4 million to quarterly revenue. David Regan, DHX's...

Broadcasters, BDUs at odds over proposed wholesale code

Media | 05/08/2015 8:49 pm EDT

While many broadcasters and TV providers expressed support for the CRTC’s proposed changes to its wholesale code, which governs carriage agreements for TV channels, they took differing positions...

Corus strikes deal with Disney

Media | 04/16/2015 2:33 pm EDT

Corus Entertainment Inc. said Thursday it has signed a long-term licensing agreement with Walt Disney Co. giving it the rights to distribute Disney content across Canada in both official languages. Disney had a previous agreement...

Sports, news push mobile-video viewing in Q3: Ooyala

Media | 12/09/2014 8:17 pm EST

Sporting events such as the FIFA World Cup and the Wimbledon tennis championship helped push mobile video in the third quarter of 2014, with mobile and tablets views making up 30 per cent of all worldwide online video, according...

Shomi adds Disney content

Media | 11/19/2014 7:44 pm EST

Shomi, the new streaming service from Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc., announced Wednesday that it had signed a content deal with the Walt Disney Co. Under the terms of the deal, Shomi will offer a selection of Disney’s film library, as well as current and past TV...

Amazon introduces OTT stick for TVs

Media | 10/27/2014 7:02 pm EDT

Amazon.com Inc. said Monday it is introducing a new over-the-top streaming device called the Fire TV Stick. The device is just a few inches long, plugs directly into a television’s HDMI port and picks up a home's WiFi...

Disney says pick-and-pay hurts TV broadcasters

Media | 09/15/2014 7:58 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. —Walt Disney Co. on Monday warned the CRTC against a move toward pick-and-pay television. Susan Fox, Disney’s vice-president of government relations, told the commission that having broad distribution...

Netflix-Disney deal expected to hit movie channels, BDUs

Media | 07/17/2014 9:11 pm EDT

A deal between Netflix Inc. and Walt Disney Co. that will see Walt Disney Studios’ movies appear on Netflix’s Canadian streaming service as soon as eight months after they hit...

Telus turns internal transformation into consulting business

telecom | 04/09/2014 9:04 pm EDT

Telus Corp. is branching out into management consulting. On Wednesday, the company announced the launch of Telus Transformation Office, an operation in which the company said it will apply lessons...

Disney signs first major OTT deal with Dish Network

Media | 03/04/2014 5:17 pm EST

Dish Network Corp. announced a deal with Walt Disney Co. that will bring content from some of the most popular channels in United States, including worldwide sports leader ESPN, to over-the-top streaming services for the first time. In a press release late Monday, the satellite provider said live and on-demand programs from ABC, ABC Family, Disney Channel and ESPN will be available to its 14 million subscribers on televisions, computers, smartphones and tablets. Its subscribers will be able to log on to the new online TV service from anywhere, the announcement said. Dish Network is the first...

Disney launches cloud-based movie service in U.S.

Media | 02/25/2014 3:51 pm EST

Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday announced the launch of a cloud-based movie service called Disney Movies Everywhere to consumers in the United States. It’s available as an free application for Apple Inc.’s iPhones, iPads...

TSN gains additional Major League Baseball rights

Media | 02/04/2014 8:07 pm EST

BCE Inc.’s TSN said Monday it has secured the Canadian rights for national coverage of Major League Baseball games for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights in a deal that will last until 2021. The specialty sports broadcaster...

TSN, RDS retain rights to ESPN sports content

Media | 12/17/2013 7:55 pm EST

BCE Inc. said Tuesday it has renewed a multi-year agreement to get exclusive Canadian rights to content from U.S. sports broadcaster ESPN for its sports channels, TSN and RDS. The companies said in a release that the content...