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TV industry facing ‘significant pressure’ from OTT, unbundling: report

| 06/04/2014 9:02 pm EDT

The growth of existing over-the-top (OTT) streaming services and the potential emergence of new ones, as well as a transition to an à la carte television distribution system, could place “significant pressure on the broadcast business model” in Canada, a new report from Cannacord Genuity says. The fact that cord-cutting hasn’t yet reached “material levels” in Canada has “nourished the notion that OTT is additive to the regular TV services rather than cannibalistic,” wrote Aravinda Galappatthige and Haesu Lee in the report, released Tuesday. “However, we believe that the emerging changes in this landscape will aggressively test this...