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Rogers boss defends big spending on spectrum

Media | 09/10/2014 1:39 am EDT

Rogers Communications Inc.’s CEO on Tuesday said his competitors underestimate the value of wireless spectrum — something Rogers spent multiple times more money on than any other company in this year’s 700 MHz auction — though he added his company has some “dreadful” customer service that needs to be improved upon. Guy Laurence said during the BMO Media and Telecom Conference in Toronto that his company spent almost $3.3 billion in that auction, while other companies failed to appreciate how valuable such assets will become. "We have a real...

Social TV growing, still lacks audience, monetization: experts

Media | 06/24/2014 8:56 pm EDT

While singing competition reality shows have been a mainstay on network television for the past decade, their newest iteration could offer an indication of the direction in which social-TV strategies are heading. Rising Star, which premiered on Sunday night and airs in Canada on BCE Inc.’s CTV network, allows viewers to vote — in real time — on which singers will stay in the competition, while contestants perform in front of a giant screen made up of viewers’ social media profiles. The interactive elements of the show are the next step in the evolution of social TV,...