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GoT glitches show challenge in streaming high-viewership events

Media | 05/10/2019 6:23 pm EDT

When the Game of Thrones series premiere aired in 2011, streaming services were still in their infancy. Now, as the HBO ratings juggernaut wraps up its final few episodes, it draws the kind of massive live audiences that are becoming increasingly rare in an over-the-top...

Media sector, senator back change to ad tax exemption

Media | 06/06/2018 3:47 pm EDT

OTTAWA — A proposal to eliminate a tax exemption for advertising on foreign digital media received support from the production sector and a senator on Tuesday, though any action on the proposal appears unlikely before the conclusion of the newly-launched review of the...

Experts to ‘find solutions’ in broadcast, telecom review: Joly

Media | 06/05/2018 8:10 pm EDT

OTTAWA — The expert panel appointed by the federal government to...

Optics for gov’t could hamper tax on foreign ads proposal: Friends

Media | 05/22/2018 5:15 pm EDT

OTTAWA — A media advocacy group calling for changes that would upend the...

New CEO’s content background indicates shift at CBC: experts

Media | 04/03/2018 5:19 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Catherine Tait’s appointment as head of CBC/Radio-Canada is...

Creative Canada ‘cultural policy, not tax policy’: Joly

Media | 11/02/2017 9:39 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Opposition MPs continued their criticism of Heritage Minister...

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 (OTT) services that continue to push audiences toward cord-cutting, though for now at least, they appear to form a stronger barrier in Canada than south of the border....

New OTT offerings pose threat to BDUs, opportunity for producers

Media | 08/17/2017 4:47 pm EDT

A proliferation of new streaming TV competition in Canada is set to benefit...

Interactive Ontario makes changes to board, staff

Media | 06/22/2017 3:20 pm EDT

Interactive Ontario has added three new directors to its board, the industry trade association said in a press release Wednesday. Joining the board are Sean Skelton, a software engineer at Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Emma...

Alt TV managed service, doesn’t violate CRTC rules: Cope

Media | 05/15/2017 5:45 pm EDT

MONTREAL — BCE Inc. has launched a new TV product hoping to appeal to a segment of the market that’s less likely to subscribe to...

Tax deduction change would boost ad revenue $250-$450M: Friends

Media | 01/23/2017 9:24 pm EST

Removing tax deductions for advertising on non-Canadian online media outlets could help the beleaguered local media and news sectors, while saving the government money, according to a new paper from...

Amazon little threat to Netflix, Crave for now: analyst

Media | 01/05/2017 9:44 pm EST

A tepid launch of Amazon.com Inc.’s Prime video streaming service in Canada doesn’t seem likely to pose a challenge to existing players in the Canadian streaming market — for...

Bell targets second small IPTV provider over copyright claim

Media | 12/13/2016 7:28 pm EST

Zazeen Inc. is facing legal action from BCE Inc. over its Internet protocol TV (IPTV) service, with the incumbent calling the small provider’s service copyright infringement. In...

Pick-and-pay still has many ‘pitfalls’ for consumers: PIAC

Media | 12/01/2016 10:24 pm EST

As the CRTC’s rules requiring all TV providers to allow customers to sign up for channels individually came into effect Thursday, the regulator emphasized that consumers have to take...

Jeffrey Elliott takes over as Interactive Ontario chair

Media | 09/21/2016 3:59 pm EDT

Jeffrey Elliott, TableRock Media CEO, is the new chairman of Interactive Ontario, the association announced Tuesday. Elliott, a long-time member of the board of directors, was elected...

What does the growth of video-game streaming mean for TV?

Media | 06/17/2016 5:32 pm EDT

Millions of people tuned into live broadcasts of the electronic entertainment expo (E3) this week on Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube and Amazon.com Inc.’s Twitch.tv. It’s an event whose viewership has soared on the heels of a phenomenon that has been building for years, spawning a lucrative business that’s attracting competitors, inducing acquisitions and could be affecting traditional television.    Hundreds of millions of viewers now watch video of both amateurs and professionals playing various games. Video-game live streaming is an industry that “has truly...

CRTC ‘rebalances’ TV system funds; up to $90M available for local news

Media | 06/15/2016 10:44 pm EDT

The CRTC has established new funding for local television news in a decision on its local and community TV hearing, though advocates expressed concern that the changes won’t happen quickly...

Pre-loaded set-top boxes piracy, BDUs say as court orders temporary ban

Media | 06/13/2016 8:25 pm EDT

A trio of major telecom companies have received their first victory in a legal fight against companies selling set-top boxes allowing users to illegally access copyrighted material. On June 1, a...

Sweeping government review to include CRTC, Broadcast Act, CanCon

Media | 04/25/2016 10:56 pm EDT

Industry insiders and observers are calling Canadian Heritage’s impending study of Canadian content in the digital age — which could potentially affect CBC/Radio-Canada, legislation like...

TV regulatory changes could cost 15,000 jobs: report

telecom | 01/05/2016 4:15 pm EST

New CRTC regulatory changes from the Let’s Talk TV decisions could lead to a loss of more than 15,000 Canadian jobs and take $1.4 billion from the Canadian economy annually by 2020, according to a new report released Tuesday...

HBO deal bolsters CraveTV against Shomi, Netflix: experts

Media | 11/20/2015 10:15 pm EST

BCE Inc.’s move to acquire exclusive rights to HBO programming on all platforms and become the sole operator of HBO Canada will make its CraveTV over-the-top (OTT) service more competitive against rivals, experts said. Having national HBO rights should “bolster the competitive position of CraveTV relative to other OTT services,” such as Netflix and Shomi, especially when CraveTV launches as a stand-alone service next year, RBC Dominion Securities analyst Drew McReynolds said in a research note. Bell Media announced the deal Thursday, stating the move gives it “the...

29 local TV stations at risk of closing by 2020: report

Media | 11/10/2015 7:52 pm EST

A report from independent consultant and lawyer Peter Miller and research company Nordicity says that 50 per cent of Canada’s small- and medium-market local TV stations could...

IPTV, Netflix adoption lower in Ontario: MTM

Media | 11/09/2015 10:11 pm EST

Ontario residents are not moving as fast toward newer ways of getting TV content, such as IPTV and Netflix, as other parts of the Canada, according to newly released figures. Survey results released last week from Media...

TV wholesale code finalized, takes effect in January

Media | 09/24/2015 9:00 pm EDT

The CRTC on Thursday released a final version of its anticipated wholesale code governing the business relationships between TV-service providers and channel operators, which, among other things, bans provisions that would prevent...

Shomi’s open access doesn’t equal white flag for TV services: expert

Media | 08/20/2015 8:21 pm EDT

As of Thursday, any Canadian with Internet was able subscribe to Shomi without being a customer of other services from its owners, Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc., though one industry observer said this does not mean these companies have given up on their TV services. Shomi announced Thursday in a...

‘Golden age of TV’ facing changes: panel

Media | 06/03/2015 11:43 pm EDT

TORONTO — There has never have been a better time than now to be a consumer of television, it was said during a panel discussion Wednesday at the Canadian Telecom Summit, but it was also discussed how big changes are afoot,...

Shomi stand-alone proposal could be financially feasible: analyst

Media | 05/27/2015 9:38 pm EDT

At some point this summer, Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc.’s Shomi streaming service will be made available to customers of other TV and Internet service providers...

News channels face funding challenges after CRTC decision

Media | 04/01/2015 8:22 pm EDT

Canada’s national news channels face new obligations from the CRTC even as the regulator is taking away their place on basic cable, raising questions about their future finances. Last month, as...

Proposed BDU code inconsistent with unregulated OTT: consultant

Media | 03/26/2015 9:04 pm EDT

The CRTC’s proposed new code of conduct for television service providers is at odds with the commission’s stance that it won’t regulate over-the-top (OTT) services, according to...

New VOD rules’ effect on Shomi, CraveTV unclear

Media | 03/12/2015 5:01 pm EDT

OTTAWA — The CRTC introduced a new category for video-on-demand services Thursday that allows them to offer content exclusive to certain TV service providers and operate under the digital-media exemption order, as long as they also offer that content online to all Canadians, though the consequences for Shomi and CraveTV remained unclear. In response to an interview question from The Wire Report about how the decision would affect Shomi and CraveTV, CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais said in an interview: “I think it would be premature to suggest that we know how it would apply.” Blais said that prior to Thursday’s decision, VOD services in Canada could operate under a licence, which carries obligations including those around Canadian content expenditures, and...

Is broadcasting heading for more litigious environment?

Media | 03/09/2015 5:00 pm EDT

BCE Inc.’s appeal of a CRTC decision to ban the use of simultaneous substitution for the Super Bowl in future years could be a sign of more conflict and court challenges to come as the...

Ratings, revenues never enough to make Sun News Network worthwhile: experts

Media | 02/13/2015 9:59 pm EST

Quebecor Inc. said it took Sun News Network off the air early Friday morning due to “a series of barriers to carriage,” while some experts said the long-struggling channel’s...

Videotron launches original content for Club Illico streaming service

Media | 02/02/2015 9:29 pm EST

MONTREAL — Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron hopes that producing original content exclusively for its Club Illico streaming service will help the company attract and keep subscribers, said...

CRTC decisions, new streaming services top TV agenda for 2015

Media | 12/17/2014 12:50 pm EST

It seems all eyes are on the two newest services in the Canadian TV industry. This fall, the country’s biggest telecom and media companies launched streaming services meant to compete with...

What happens to VOD in an OTT world?

Media | 11/28/2014 4:50 pm EST

The launch of new streaming services from Canada’s biggest TV providers adds yet another option for viewers who want to catch up on or try out a new show, raising the question of whether they will complement — or compete with — existing services like video-on-demand (VOD). Rogers Communications Inc. admits the streaming service it recently launched with Shaw Communications Inc. will eat into movie rentals on VOD. David Purdy, Rogers’ senior vice-president of content, said in a phone interview that “there’s no doubt that Shomi will impact the sort of...

Streaming services present ‘exciting’ opportunity: production exec

Media | 11/14/2014 10:03 pm EST

It makes sense that David Cormican is optimistic about the impact new streaming services will have on Canadian producers. He’s halfway through the shoot of a new show called Between. It's a teenager-focused drama about a group of youth quarantined by the government after the outbreak of a mysterious disease. It...