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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...

Bell to launch new on-demand services, content hub

Media | 06/07/2018 5:47 pm EDT

BCE Inc. will launch two new ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) services, rebrand its entertainment specialty channels and centralize its content portfolio under one digital roof. The company said in a Thursday press release that it is partnering with Sony Corp. to bring...

CraveTV price increases to help make up for advertising pressure: analyst

Media | 05/25/2018 3:53 pm EDT

Increasing prices for BCE Inc.’s CraveTV will help improve the...

CTV Super Bowl viewership steady from last year: Bell

Media | 02/06/2018 3:11 pm EST

Viewership of the Super Bowl on CTV didn’t change much from last year, when the channel experienced a...

Court denies Bell Super Bowl SimSub appeal

Media | 12/19/2017 7:01 pm EST

The Federal Court of Appeal dismissed a case brought forward by BCE Inc. challenging the CRTC’s rule...

Bell Media cutting jobs

Media | 01/31/2017 6:04 pm EST

BCE Inc.’s media division is “reducing a number of positions” across the country, spokesman Scott Henderson confirmed Tuesday, though he declined to specify the number of people that will be affected. The job cuts are part of a “restructuring that includes local...

Copyright infringement notices being used for advertising, ISPs say

Media | 04/27/2016 8:57 pm EDT

In recent weeks,  BCE Inc.  and HBO have begun using copyright infringement notices to steer recipients toward legal sources of TV content — but some of the Internet service providers (ISPs) that are required to forward the letters to customers are crying foul, saying the practice amounts to advertising. Both TekSavvy Solutions Inc. and Distributel Communications Ltd. told The Wire Report that they have, since the beginning of April, received notices directing users who had...

Future CraveTV prices unclear for non-Bell customers

telecom | 12/08/2015 9:56 pm EST

Subscribers to BCE Inc.’s TV services will pay more for CraveTV starting in February, though the company isn’t saying how much customers who get the streaming service through other TV-service providers, or those...

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...

Bell appeals CRTC’s Super Bowl simsub decision

Media | 03/02/2015 7:21 pm EST

BCE Inc. is launching a court challenge of the CRTC’s ban on the use of simultaneous substitution during the Super Bowl. Bell Media spokesman Scott Henderson said in an email Monday that “the CRTC erred in law,...

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting at odds with Bell over TV ad

Media | 02/25/2015 9:54 pm EST

Advocacy group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting say a television ad was turned down by Canada’s largest broadcasters, yet at least one company says it has no record of the denial. In the...

Online video factors into cord-cutting: CIRA survey

Media | 02/24/2015 9:43 pm EST

Newly released results from a Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) survey show the availability of online video content is a factor for four in 10 Canadian Internet users who do not subscribe to cable TV. The data,...