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CRTC dismisses Bell’s complaint against Rogers’ hockey app

Media | 03/16/2015 8:32 pm EDT

The CRTC has dismissed a complaint by BCE Inc. against Rogers Communications Inc.’s GamePlus service, ruling that Rogers could offer the NHL hockey app exclusively to its own customers because the content wasn’t produced primarily for traditional television. The regulator said in the decision that the CRTC “encourages innovation in programming and considers that the way that Rogers offers GamePlus complies with the Digital Media Exemption Order.” Rogers launched GamePlus last fall as a second-screen app that gives customers access to extra camera angles and additional content including interviews and analysis. It is available only to customers who subscribe to...

Montreal’s Aldea capitalizes on sports’ international appeal

Media | 07/15/2014 4:00 pm EDT

MONTREAL — Over the past month, 32 soccer teams played 64 matches in Brazil while millions around the world tuned in. As those transmissions were reaching their destinations around the globe, many of those signals were monitored through an unassuming office building near the Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport in Montreal’s west end. Aldea Solutions Inc. provides broadcast transmission services to broadcasters around the world. Its contracts have included the recent FIFA World Cup and this year's Winter Olympics. It is the only company in Canada providing this kind of international connectivity, and one of only 10 in the world, said CEO Lionel Bentolila in an interview at the...

Distributors will pay for Rogers’ rich hockey deal: analyst

Media | 05/27/2014 7:46 pm EDT

Broadcast distributors across the country are likely to pay for a big chunk of the billions of dollars for which Rogers Communications Inc. is on the hook as a result of the deal it struck for 12...

Record NHL ratings could help broadcasters reclaim lost revenues, experts say

Media | 01/23/2013 7:13 pm EST

Hockey fans are watching televised NHL games in record numbers following a 113-day lockout, allowing broadcasters to slowly claw back lost revenues, broadcasters and industry experts said. Jeffrey...