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Are ‘hybrid’ streaming services the future of TV?

Media | 07/27/2015 9:18 pm EDT

Streaming is often perceived as a competitor to the traditional TV system, but the introduction of a new service in the U.S. raises the possibility that instead of one replacing the other, the two could merge into a new hybrid offering both live TV and on-demand streaming. Earlier in July, Comcast Corp. announced that it was going to launch an Internet-based video streaming service. Stream will cost $15 US a month and will allow customers to watch about a dozen channels live, including the major broadcast networks and HBO, and access on-demand programming and TV-everywhere and PVR services on...

Music streaming in Canada ramps up

Media | 01/20/2015 10:56 pm EST

In the past six months, Canadians’ usage of streaming music services seems to have jumped, in a trend that’s not only good news for streaming services, but wireless companies as well. Nielsen Co. only began tracking music streaming in Canada in July 2014. By September, when Spotify AB entered the market, streaming had increased by 18 per cent, according to numbers provided to The Wire Report by independent broadcast consultant Andrew Forsyth, who collected the data for Nielsen. Streaming increased another 25 per cent by the first week of December, though it fell eight...

‘Connection’ helps commercial radio remain relevant: analyst

Media | 06/03/2014 8:29 pm EDT

Broadcast commercial radio remains popular in the face of competition from online streaming services and satellite radio because it’s a “point of connection” for listeners rather than just a music-delivery service, says analyst Jeff Vidler. The latest figures from the CRTC, released Tuesday, showed...