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In telecoms’ year-end, cord-cutting slows, wireline grows

Media | 03/21/2018 12:14 pm EDT

Canada’s publicly-traded telecoms lost fewer TV subscribers in 2017 than in each of the previous two years, while they added enough wireless customers to beat last year’s record high of new wireless adds. A Wire Report compilation of the subscriber numbers reported by...

Bell, Corus offer 1% raise in baseline spending on PNI

Media | 12/08/2017 3:38 pm EST

BCE Inc. and Corus Entertainment Inc. are recommending the CRTC revise the minimum standard for spending for programs of national interest (PNI) and boost it to six per cent of the previous year’s revenues, which they say will translate into a windfall of millions of dollars to Canadian content producers. “This will set a floor for PNI spending that is tens of millions of dollars higher for the large English-language television groups than what the Commission...

How big a threat are OTT sports services?

Media | 10/10/2017 5:55 pm EDT

Sports remains one of the last bastions of defence for traditional TV against a wave of over-the-top...

Cord-cutting trend slows in first half of year: Boon Dog

telecom | 08/14/2017 2:23 pm EDT

Fewer people cut their TV subscriptions in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year, according to new research by research and consulting firm Boon Dog Professional Services...

Cord-cutting accelerates despite skinny basic: Boon Dog

telecom | 11/07/2016 7:12 pm EST

The introduction of skinny-basic TV package offerings doesn’t seem to have slowed down the trend toward cord-cutting in Canada, according to subscriber number data reported by Canada’s...

Telecoms’ TV revenues declined last year: CRTC

Media | 07/12/2016 9:01 pm EDT

The television distribution revenues reported by Canada’s telecommunications companies have fallen for the first time in a decade, driven by a decline in satellite subscribers. Numbers released by the...

Telecoms’ TV customer losses up five-fold in 2015

telecom | 03/10/2016 10:22 pm EST

The number of subscribers leaving the Canadian TV system appears to be accelerating, as Canada’s publicly traded telecom companies lost five times more TV subscribers in 2015 than a year earlier. They reported having 178,910 fewer television customers at the end of 2015 than at the end of 2014, according to data compiled by The Wire Report based on the companies’ fourth-quarter statements. That’s compared to the previous year’s 31,663 drop, the first on record. Overall, the number of TV subscribers reported by BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc., Shaw...

As skinny basic arrives, experts doubt consumer appeal

Media | 03/01/2016 9:41 pm EST

On the day Canadian TV providers were required to make their skinny basic options available to consumers, experts expressed skepticism about how many Canadians will sign up for the new offers and...

‘Record’ loss of TV subscribers this year: Boon Dog

Media | 11/06/2015 9:17 pm EST

The number of Canadian households abandoning TV-service subscriptions from Canada’s biggest providers during the first nine months of this year was almost seven times higher than during the same period a year earlier, according to data compiled by consulting company Boon Dog Professional Services Inc. Boon Dog said...

Cord-cutting accelerated in first half of 2015: report

telecom | 08/12/2015 2:37 pm EDT

A report from Boon Dog Professional Services Inc. released Wednesday said Canada's publicly traded TV-service providers lost six times as many subscribers in the first half of 2015 than in the...

TV tangible-benefits spending up 27% last year: report

Media | 07/07/2015 2:32 pm EDT

Companies spent $138.7 million on TV-related tangible benefits in Canada in the 12 months ended Aug. 31 last year, marking a 27 per cent increase from a year earlier, according to TV-industry research...

Fewer TV subscribers generating more revenue: CRTC

telecom | 05/21/2015 8:53 pm EDT

Television-service providers in Canada took in more revenue last year despite having a smaller subscriber base to draw from, according to new data from the CRTC, and one analyst says that’s due to pricing trends that could...

IPTV gains are slowing as cable losses continue: Boon Dog

Media | 03/24/2015 8:43 pm EDT

An Ottawa consulting company says IPTV services aren’t absorbing the exodus of cable customers at the same rate as they used to. TV-industry consulting company Boon Dog Professional Services...

Early problems emerge with Shomi service

Media | 12/04/2014 4:46 pm EST

Some TV-industry analysts who are among the early adopters of Rogers Communications Inc.'s and Shaw Communications Inc.’s Shomi are detailing problems they've experienced with the streaming service in...

Rogers-Netflix collaboration benefits both, experts say

Media | 10/20/2014 8:30 pm EDT

While the announcement that Rogers Communications Inc. and Netflix Inc. are working together on an original TV series marked an unprecedented collaboration between the two rivals, it’s a logical...

Ottawa company brings PVR capability to over-the-air TV

Media | 06/20/2014 3:11 pm EDT

Amid the many challenges television service providers were already facing, along came an Ottawa company making devices with digital recording capabilities and electronic-guide functionality for those who rely on over-the-air signals for their TV. Nuvyyo Inc. is the maker of a device known as the Tablo. Made available in Canada and the United States in May, the Tablo is the hardware behind a personal video recorder (PVR) system. It connects to an antenna, which the user must provide separately. The user also needs to provide a USB hard drive for storing content that's recorded, as well as...

Video-on-demand, pay-per-view revenues fall: CRTC

Media | 04/30/2014 9:38 pm EDT

Television providers earned less from their video-on-demand services last year, according to CRTC data released Wednesday, despite investing in increasing the availability of content. The CRTC said in the statistical and...

Tangible benefits spending dropped 39% last year: report

Media | 04/30/2014 4:38 pm EDT

Television broadcasters’ spending on tangible benefits related to acquisitions dropped 39 per cent for the 12 months ended last August, according to a new report. Boon Dog Professional...

CRTC backs pick-and-pay while acknowledging ‘risks’

Media | 04/24/2014 6:07 pm EDT

The CRTC has officially endorsed a move toward pick-and-pay television, though it has admitted the transition to such a model is unlikely to be pain-free. The commission proposed in a report Thursday...

Availability of VOD content doubled last year, CRTC data shows

Media | 03/17/2014 9:38 pm EDT

The availability of video-on-demand (VOD) titles doubled across Canada’s eight largest TV providers between 2012 and 2013, the CRTC said on Monday, from 44,535 titles available from all eight...

Canadian TV subs fall for first time

telecom | 03/03/2014 7:15 pm EST

A compilation of 2013 year-end data from Canada’s major telecommunications companies verifies suspicions that it was the first year on record in which TV subscriptions in Canada declined. A compilation by The Wire Report of subscriber figures from Canada’s eight largest publicly traded communications companies, based on financial filings for their 2013 fiscal years, also shows a gradual decline over the last three years in the growth in subscribers for wireless and Internet services, although those markets still showed a net gain in customers. Major telecom companies lost almost...

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...

First signs of cord cutting are here, Boon Dog says

Media | 06/06/2013 7:09 pm EDT

Canada’s publicly traded broadcast distribution companies reported “concrete signs” of cord cutting over the past two quarters as their combined subscriber base fell for the first time since cable TV first become a feature in most homes, said Mario Mota, partner at Boon Dog Professional Services Inc. In a release Thursday, Boon Dog...