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CCSA leads lobbying after Hill visit

Media | 06/26/2017 2:55 pm EDT

Last month’s deluge of Canadian Cable Systems Alliance (CCSA) members on Parliament Hill for the group’s third annual lobby day pushed the organization to the top of the telecom lobbying list for the second month this year, logging 49 communication reports in May....

ISED PS Lametti hot property for April lobbying

Media | 05/23/2017 3:30 pm EDT

The parliamentary secretary to the innovation minister was a popular target for lobbyists last month, as representatives from major telecom and Internet companies sought him out, according to the latest statistics from the office of the lobbying commissioner. BCE...

Netflix introduces wireless data controls

telecom | 05/06/2016 8:02 pm EDT

Netflix Inc. subscribers can now regulate how much wireless data they use in the newest version of the company’s Android and iOS application. As of May 5, the mobile app users could take advantage of “added...

How could the Netflix proxy ban affect Canadian OTT?

Media | 02/11/2016 7:26 pm EST

The Netflix Inc. crackdown on virtual-private-network (VPN) use could provide an opportunity for Canadian providers to carve out more of the over-the-top (OTT) market, though a lack of firm figures makes predictions difficult....

Netflix expands from 60 countries to 190

Media | 01/06/2016 6:37 pm EST

Netflix Inc. announced Wednesday that its streaming service is now available to customers in more than 130 new countries, tripling its international availability. "Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global Internet...

Netflix hires another lobbyist for Canada

Media | 07/02/2015 7:07 pm EDT

Netflix Inc. has hired Environics Communications Inc. to lobby the Canadian government on its behalf, The Lobby Monitor reported this week. It has three new filings under Environics, represented by three different Ottawa-based...

Extent of TV piracy unclear, might be rising among youth

Media | 12/11/2014 7:37 pm EST

On Wednesday, the Australian government said it would allow the blocking of foreign websites that offer illegal downloading and streaming, the same day that the file-sharing website Pirate Bay was taken offline after a raid by Swedish police. They’re only two of the latest headlines about an international issue that also affects the Canadian TV industry. But despite its high profile, the extent of the problem is, perhaps surprisingly, hard to detail. For various reasons, it’s hard to determine how much piracy is actually going on, Duncan Stewart, Deloitte Canada’s director...

Netflix petitions FCC against Comcast-Time Warner merger

Media | 08/26/2014 4:17 pm EDT

Netflix Inc. on Tuesday said it has petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to block the proposed merger between Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. The petition submitted to the...

FCC to examine U.S. Internet traffic management

Media | 06/13/2014 6:28 pm EDT

Tom Wheeler, chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, said Friday that his organization is looking into whether Internet service providers are purposely diminishing, for their own benefit, the flow of content from...

Verizon tells Netflix to ‘cease and desist’ on congestion claims

telecom | 06/06/2014 8:47 pm EDT

Verizon Communications Inc. on Thursday threatened Netflix Inc. with legal action in a cease and desist letter over messages the video-streaming service has shown to viewers that blames Verizon for quality issues experienced by that ISP's customers. “There is no basis for Netflix to assert that issues with...

Verizon says Netflix ‘misleading’ viewers on connection issues

Media | 06/04/2014 7:49 pm EDT

In a blog post on its website Wednesday, Verizon Communications Inc. accused Netflix Inc. of "misleading" consumers about the source of buffering issues that viewers may have  experienced. The post from David Young, Verizon's vice-president of regulatory affairs, cited a Twitter posting showing a...

New FCC rules create Internet ‘fast lanes’

Media | 04/24/2014 4:39 pm EDT

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday proposed new net-neutrality rules that would allow Internet service providers to charge content providers for faster and more reliable connections to end users. Under the proposed rules, ISPs would be allowed to charge a “commercially reasonable” fee to...

Apple, Comcast could team up for streaming TV: WSJ

telecom | 03/24/2014 5:39 pm EDT

Apple Inc. and Comcast Corp. are discussing launching a streaming TV service, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. Quoting anonymous sources, WSJ reported the service “would use an Apple set-top box and get special treatment on Comcast's cables to ensure it bypasses congestion on the Web.” It said that “Apple's intention...

Netflix CEO attacks ISPs that demand payment for connectivity

Media | 03/21/2014 5:45 pm EDT

Netflix Inc. CEO Reed Hastings said in a blog post on the company’s website Thursday that a stronger sense of net neutrality is needed to prevent situations like the one that has his company...