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Bell drops Zazeen suit

Media | 01/03/2017 9:27 pm EST

BCE Inc. has dropped its second lawsuit alleging copyright infringement against a small Internet protocol TV (IPTV) provider, following changes the company made to its service. Bell Media launched the action against Zazeen Inc. in November, alleging that the company was operating “an unlicensed Internet delivered service… that is exempt from licensing by the CRTC,” but last week filed a notice of discontinuance with the Federal Court. “We objected to distribution of our channels over a connection not owned or controlled by Zazeen on the basis that it amounts to unauthorized distribution on the Internet,” Bell Media said in an emailed statement. “In response to our objection, Zazeen has agreed not to distribute our channels to subscribers who connect their set-top-box to a third...

Bell targets second small IPTV provider over copyright claim

Media | 12/13/2016 7:28 pm EST

Zazeen Inc. is facing legal action from BCE Inc. over its Internet protocol TV (IPTV) service, with the incumbent calling the small provider’s service copyright infringement. In a statement of claim filed with the Federal Court last month, Bell said Zazeen is currently operating “an unlicensed Internet delivered service… that is exempt from licensing by the CRTC.” According to the statement, Zazeen has had a number of agreements with Bell to offer its content since 2013. Zazeen was licensed as a broadcast distribution undertaking (BDU) by the CRTC in...

Telecoms’ TV customer losses up five-fold in 2015

telecom | 03/10/2016 10:22 pm EST

The number of subscribers leaving the Canadian TV system appears to be accelerating, as Canada’s publicly traded telecom companies lost five times more TV subscribers in 2015 than a year earlier. They reported having...

Distributel gets word out on TV service

Media | 01/23/2015 5:18 pm EST

Distributel Communications Inc. announced on Thursday its new television service, which is available in markets throughout Ontario and Quebec. The independent Internet service provider had already began offering TV service last...