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Pay-per-view sports getting boost from boxing

Media | 04/30/2015 3:25 pm EDT

Despite streaming services eating away at the profits of pay-per-view movies and TV shows, TV providers could see their biggest PPV revenues in history on Saturday as two of boxing’s biggest names fight in front of a worldwide audience. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are set to face each other at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, in a fight that promoter and Top Rank Inc. CEO Bob Arum, who represents Pacquiao, told ESPN could raise $300 million US between ticket sales, pay-per-view sales and sponsorships. Ray Rutter, president of Canadastar Boxing Inc., said...

Rogers-Shaw OTT product’s effect on cord-cutting up for debate

Media | 08/26/2014 1:32 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. officials say they’re confident the launch of their Shomi over-the-top video service will not eat into their cable business, though industry experts are less convinced. The companies on Tuesday announced they would launch a streaming service containing TV shows and movies for $8.99 a month, starting in November. The service will initially be available to Shaw and Rogers Internet and TV customers, though Rogers Media president Keith Pelley said during a press conference he is “comfortable” other broadcaster distributors will jump on board by the launch date. “Our goal is to launch with as many BDUs as we...

Inaction against VPN usage ‘may speak volumes’: lawyer

Media | 07/22/2014 9:35 pm EDT

Users of Netflix Inc.’s Canadian feed who feel like watching a few episodes of 30 Rock, Louie or Les Revenants will find themselves out of luck. But in a world where Canadians know these shows...

Videotron’s new TV app ‘sign of what’s to come’: analyst

Media | 06/05/2014 9:37 pm EDT

MONTREAL —Videotron’s new iPad application, which allows users to access live TV, free and paid video-on-demand (VOD) content and programming stored on a personal video recorder (PVR), in...

Rivals must collaborate on ‘TV everywhere’ offerings: Bell exec

Media | 03/26/2014 8:19 pm EDT

As Canadian television providers have rolled out their TV-everywhere strategies, aimed at fighting off over-the-top (OTT) competition by making content easier to access online, customers can be...

Canada falls short in broadband upload speed ranking

telecom | 02/26/2014 3:25 pm EST

A lack of competition is behind slow upload speeds for Canadian broadband Internet customers, according to analyst Alan Breznick, and only the entry of a disruptive force like Google Inc. will bring the country up to speed....

Phase 2 of CRTC TV review asks about OTT regulation

Media | 02/18/2014 10:22 pm EST

The CRTC is asking Canadians for feedback about Canadian content in online television services and their adherence to programming standards in an online questionnaire released Tuesday as part of Phase 2 of its review of television services in Canada. In a section about online programming, the CRTC asks respondents whether they would be willing to pay extra to have more Canadian programming available within online services, and in order to have online services provide closed-captioning and adhere to programming standards. The questions imply the regulator is reconsidering its previous stance...

CRTC decision on condo access could be ‘warning’: analyst

telecom | 02/05/2014 10:27 pm EST

Unless BCE Inc. is allowed to install its infrastructure in a Toronto condo building, as of March 31, Rogers Communications Inc. will not be allowed to provide services to its residents either, the...

TV providers to fight for smaller share of customers as housing starts fall

Media | 07/02/2013 7:14 pm EDT

Lower housing starts this year will lead to fewer television subscriptions and could trigger pricing wars among TV providers, industry experts said. In a data released last week, the Canada Mortgage...