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CRTC approves 4K travel channel

Media | 06/07/2018 4:03 pm EDT

The CRTC has approved Travelxp 4K, a channel focusing on travel, for distribution in Canada. In a decision Wednesday, the regular said the India-based channel is aimed at “early adopters of 4K HDR display technology who are interested in travel, vacation destinations, backpacking treks and historical locales.” The application was filed by law firm Lewis Birnberg Hanet....

4G will continue to dominate global connects in 2025: GSMA

telecom | 02/28/2018 3:18 pm EST

Despite indications deployment of 5G is being accelerated, a report from GSMA says 4G connections will still dwarf those of 5G into 2025. The Mobile Economy 2018 report, released Tuesday, noted that two-thirds of mobile connections globally, excluding cellular Internet of Things (IOT), will be running on both 4G and 5G networks by 2025, though 4G will continue to make up the bulk.   Despite 5G continuing to make headway, it will only make up a projected 14 per cent of the world’s mobile connections by 2025, or 1.2 billion, while the older generation technology will make up 53 per...

Rogers must make 4K channel available to Telus: CRTC

Media | 04/11/2017 4:45 pm EDT

The CRTC has resolved a dispute between Rogers Communications Inc. and Telus Corp. over 4K content, telling the companies in an April 5 letter that Rogers has to provide its 4K content to Telus immediately. Telus...

Cogeco launches 4K PVR

Media | 03/21/2017 5:06 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. has launched a new 4K personal video recorder (PVR) to allow its subscribers to record and watch content at four times the resolution of high-definition TV. “This evolution in our offering is consistent with our ongoing commitment to better meet the changing needs of our...

Stingray acquires NatureVision

Media | 03/06/2017 8:42 pm EST

In a move that it says positions it as the “leading 4K content provider on TV,” Stingray Digital Group Inc. announced it purchased NatureVision TV, which specializes in nature programming. In a press...

75% of anglophones subscribe to TV service: MTM

Media | 01/31/2017 6:58 pm EST

New data shows that the number of anglophone Canadians with TV subscriptions has continued to fall, reaching 75 per cent in the fall of 2016 — a 14-per-cent decline over the past five years. That number is down two per cent...

As online video, data transmissions grow, need for CDNs expanding

Media | 01/09/2017 9:18 pm EST

Last month, Amazon.com Inc. announced that its data centre business was expanding into Canada, a move that illustrates what some say is the need for more data points as an increasing amount of digital content is consumed and emerging technologies like 4K and virtual reality grow. Among the features provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS), which made its debut in Montreal in December, is a service called “CloudFront,” a content delivery network (CDN) with...

Bell to test AT&T software platform for wireless traffic management

telecom | 12/16/2016 9:41 pm EST

BCE Inc. has signed on to test a platform developed by AT&T Inc. that would allow it to carry more, and better manage, traffic on its network. The software — called...

Telus launches 4K Netflix set-top viewing

Media | 11/07/2016 6:50 pm EST

Telus Corp. announced Monday that is making Netflix Inc.’s app available on its Optik 4K set-top box, allowing subscribers to stream Netflix in 4K resolution. “4K is the ultimate way to immerse yourself...

Bell releases ultra high-def PVR

Media | 08/29/2016 4:50 pm EDT

BCE Inc. customers can now take advantage of the “world’s first fully wireless [Internet protocol TV] service,” the company said Monday. In a press release, Bell said a wireless 4K Whole Home PVR was...

Some Internet tier upgrades due to bandwidth, not speed: Cope

telecom | 08/04/2016 10:08 pm EDT

Some subscribers are climbing Internet service tiers not necessarily for increased speed, but to obtain unlimited bandwidth, George Cope, BCE Inc.’s president and chief executive officer,...

Telus rolls out 4K out west

telecom | 07/19/2016 4:18 pm EDT

Telus Corp. will begin offering 4K programming for its Optik TV customers, the company announced Tuesday. In a press release, Telus said it is the “first and currently, the only carrier in Western Canada to offer” the ultra-high-definition programming. The service is...

Anglophone TV subs fall to 73%: MTM

Media | 06/17/2016 9:12 pm EDT

The number of anglophones subscribing to TV service continues to fall, according to a new report by Media Technology Monitor (MTM), a project of CBC/Radio-Canada. In the spring of 2016, 73 per cent subscribed to TV...

Stingray Digital buys 4K TV channel

Media | 06/16/2016 5:24 pm EDT

Stingray Digital Group Inc. said Wednesday that it has acquired the Festival 4K television channel, which broadcasts live performances, including festivals, concerts and theatre productions, according to the press...

Club Illico announces 4K production

Media | 06/15/2016 4:56 pm EDT

Another Canadian company is joining the ultra-high-definition field, with Quebecor Inc. announcing its media division was producing its first 4K show. Videotron’s over-the-top (OTT) service Club Illico said in...

Bell Media adding to 4K arsenal

Media | 06/01/2016 10:16 pm EDT

BCE Inc.’s media division is commissioning original, scripted 4K content, the company announced Wednesday. In a press release, Bell Media said CTV would become “the first broadcaster in North America to commit to the new standard,” with the addition of two series — The Disappearance and Cardinal — to be produced in the ultra-high-definition format. The Comedy Network has also greenlit satirical news show The Beaverton, which joins Letterkenny and Discovery’s Frontier as scripted shows produced in 4K. “Our strategy allows Bell Media to not only assert a leadership position in 4K production, but also allows us to build an enviable 4K on-demand library for our distribution partners and CraveTV,” Randy Lennox, Bell Media’s president of entertainment production and broadcasting, said in...

Bell Media buys Gusto TV

Media | 05/04/2016 8:16 pm EDT

BCE Inc.’s media division has acquired Canadian rights to Gusto Worldwide Media’s Gusto brand in Canada, including its food and cooking channel. Gusto said in a press release Wednesday that Gusto TV, which launched in 2013, will continue operating “until the transition is...

Juno Awards to be broadcast in 4K

telecom | 03/31/2016 4:29 pm EDT

Sunday's Juno Awards ceremony will be broadcast in 4K, BCE Inc. announced Thursday, with the company calling it the first music awards show in North America to be broadcast in the ultra-high-definition format. Fibe TV...

Rogers launching 4K versions of Sportsnet channels

telecom | 03/29/2016 9:17 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. will make two dedicated 4K sports channels available this week, the company announced Monday. Sportsnet 4K and Sportsnet ONE 4K will be available as of April 1, the day before the first...

Videotron to stream 4K sports content

Media | 02/04/2016 10:53 pm EST

Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron announced Thursday it will be offering live sports in 4K quality to its Illico ultra-high-definition set-top-box customers. The company said in a press release that it will stream 12...

Gusto TV sells show to South Korean 4K channel

Media | 01/20/2016 4:36 pm EST

Canada's Gusto TV on Tuesday announced that has sold one of its original shows to a South Korean 4K channel. It said in a press release that 30 episodes of A is for Apple — a cooking-challenge program — had been sold UMAX, which is owned by Cable TV VOD Corp. UMAX is known as becoming the first dedicated 4K channel in the world in 2014. Gusto TV general manager Mark Prasuhn said in an email that A is for Apple and all of Gusto's original series are shot and produced in 4K, even though they are not yet being shown at this quality in Canada. He noted that much of the...

Rogers broadcasts first 4K NBA game

Media | 01/15/2016 8:40 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc., the National Basketball Association and BT Group PLC’s BT Sport teamed up Thursday to produce the world's first live broadcast of an NBA basketball game in 4K, a Rogers spokesman confirmed...

Rogers gigabit Internet, 4K set-top box now available

telecom | 12/16/2015 8:55 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc.’s gigabit Internet service is now available in “select neighbourhoods in downtown Toronto” and the greater Toronto area, Rogers said Wednesday.  In October, the company announced...

Blue Ant partners with Smithsonian Networks to create content

Media | 12/14/2015 2:33 pm EST

Blue Ant Media Inc. announced Monday it has partnered with Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between CBS Corp.’s Showtime and the Smithsonian Institution, to create Blue Skye Entertainment,...

Blue Ant to distribute Cream Productions content

Media | 11/24/2015 2:26 pm EST

Blue Ant Media Inc.’s international division announced Tuesday in a press release that it has signed a multi-year, exclusive distribution deal with Cream Productions Inc., an international factual content creator based in...

Bell Media launches Discovery GO

Media | 10/26/2015 8:49 pm EDT

BCE Inc.’s media division has launched a TV-everywhere app for five Discovery Canada channels, and said Discovery GO would soon begin offering 4K content. The company said in a press release Monday that programming from...

Sports content helping drive interest in 4K: experts

Media | 10/09/2015 8:01 pm EDT

Sports fans are an ideal market to sell 4K content to in its early stages, say analysts, though at least one expert says this quality of video has not yet achieved "must-have" status. Richard Grunberg, associate...

Blue Ant makes 4K channel available worldwide

Media | 10/01/2015 1:26 pm EDT

Blue Ant Media Inc. announced Thursday that its 4K Love Nature channel content is now available for worldwide distribution. The content company said in a press release that the 4K content will be available on linear and streaming...

Stingray launches 4K TV channel

Media | 09/22/2015 2:52 pm EDT

Stingray Digital Group Inc. has launched a channel that it says is the first in North America to offer around-the-clock 4K content. The Stingray Ambiance channel is available through TV service offered by Quebecor...

Blue Ant launches new 4K content at MIPCOM conference

Media | 09/22/2015 1:42 pm EDT

Blue Ant Media Inc. announced Tuesday that its international division will launch new 4K titles in the nature, wildlife and documentary categories at MIPCOM, a global entertainment content conference. Blue Ant said in the press release that along with the new 4K content, it will also release new and returning content in high-definition (HD) quality in the factual entertainment category. “We continue to deliver a larger and more diverse slate of content in factual, lifestyle, reality and documentary series and formats that have global appeal,” Solange Attwood, senior...

Sony unveils first 4K smartphone

Media | 09/02/2015 3:46 pm EDT

Sony Corp. announced Wednesday at IFA Berlin, one of the world’s largest consumer electronics trade shows in Europe, the release of the world’s first 4K smartphone. Sony said in a press release that the Xperia Z5...

Videotron 4K box seen as cord-cutting prevention

Media | 08/11/2015 8:58 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron announced Tuesday it will be releasing an ultra-high-definition (UHD) set-top-box for its customers, making it the first Canadian telecom provider to commercially release such technology. Videotron...

5G revenue predicted to surge between 2020 and 2025

Media | 08/05/2015 4:05 pm EDT

Global service revenue from 5G wireless connections will skyrocket from $100 million US in 2020 to $65 billion US in 2025, Juniper Research Ltd. said Wednesday. The British research company said in a press release that 2020 is...

TV-Internet connections rising: MTM

Media | 06/25/2015 8:10 pm EDT

New data from Media Technology Monitor (MTM) indicates growth in connections between television sets and the Internet. MTM, a project of CBC/Radio-Canada, said in a report released Thursday that 42 per cent of anglophone...

Small ISPs take the lead on gigabit Internet in Canada

telecom | 03/23/2015 9:04 pm EDT

Small Internet service providers are taking the lead on providing gigabit Internet service in Canada, in contrast to the United States where Internet giant Google Inc. is pioneering efforts to bring this type of ultra-fast web connection to the masses. Heather Burnett Gold, president of the U.S.-based Fiber to the Home Council Americas, said in a phone interview that gigabit connections enable “frictionless” use of current applications such as streaming video and gaming, as well as future Internet-based applications such as remote education and telemedicine. “If bandwidth...

Blue Ant to make 4K programming

Media | 10/09/2014 6:15 pm EDT

Independent broadcaster Blue Ant Media Inc. will make 200 hours of 4K, or ultra high-definition, “nature and wildlife” content each year, the company said in a press release Wednesday. “Over 150 hours of...

World Cup presents chance to test 4K TV

Media | 05/30/2014 8:17 pm EDT

When the World Cup begins in Brazil in two weeks, 3.2 billion people around the world will tune into the tournament, according to FIFA’s estimates. And while many of them will cheer on their team through a high-definition...

Ultra-HD TV ownership in U.S to hit 33% by 2020: report

Media | 05/16/2014 3:34 pm EDT

The ownership rate of ultra-high-definition televisions will hit 33 per cent in the United States by 2020, up from less than 10 per cent now, according to a report from Strategy Analytics. The...

4K TV imposes hurdles on telcos, broadcasters

Media | 12/02/2013 10:15 pm EST

As the holiday shopping season begins, shoppers in electronics stores might find their eye caught by a new type of television set—one that offers a more detailed, crisper and richer picture than its high-definition brethren....