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Shaw reports $33M increase in profit for Q1 2022

Media | 01/12/2022 4:41 pm EST

Shaw Communications Inc. saw a 20.2 per cent increase in its net earnings this quarter, jumping from $163 million in the same quarter last year to $196 million in its first quarterly report for 2022 for the three month reporting period ending in Nov. 2021. Shaw released...

Arbitrator dismisses Union complaint against Bell Technical Solutions 

telecom | 01/06/2022 4:52 pm EST

An Ontario-based labour arbitrator has dismissed a complaint by Unifor workers against a BCE Inc. subsidiary having found that the company did everything in its power to...

Safeguards can’t justify Rogers-Shaw merger: Bell to CRTC

Media | 11/25/2021 6:35 pm EST

No amount of proposed remedies will undo the damage of Rogers...

Court grants CIPPIC, Beanfield intervenor status in dynamic site-blocking case

Media | 10/14/2021 5:39 pm EDT

A Federal Court judge has granted intervenor status to the...

New ‘dynamic’ site-blocking needs new safeguards: CIPPIC 

Media | 09/22/2021 5:56 pm EDT

The site-blocking order that will block a rolling list of pirate streaming...

Bell, Telus and PIAC want CRTC to deny Rogers’ acquisition of Shaw’s broadcasting interests

Media | 09/14/2021 7:50 pm EDT

BCE Inc. and Telus Corp., considered to be two of Rogers Communications Inc.’s greatest competitors, have asked the CRTC to deny Rogers’ proposed acquisition of Shaw...

Hockey broadcasters seek injunction against pirate streamers

Media | 06/17/2021 6:11 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc., BCE Inc., and Quebecor Inc. are asking a...

Rogers, Shaw execs mum on spectrum at Industry committee  

Media | 03/29/2021 7:40 pm EDT

On the opening day Monday of hearings into Roger's proposed acquisition of...

Regulatory approval of Rogers-Shaw deal will hinge on wireless: Execs, analysts

Media | 03/15/2021 8:30 am EDT

From the perspective of Rogers Communications Inc. CEO Joe Natale,...

Government waives licence fees for broadcasters

Media | 03/30/2020 6:04 pm EDT

Canadian radio and TV broadcasters won’t have to pay licence fees for 2020-21 in a bid to help them navigate declines in advertising revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault announced the...

Videotron buys cable company in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Que.

Media | 01/02/2020 5:41 pm EST

Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron has purchased a local cable company operating...

English Canadian subs to OTT jumps to 65%: MTM

Media | 12/06/2018 1:17 pm EST

The number of English-speaking adults in Canada subscribing to over-the-top streaming services continues...

Viewing of U.S. kids’ linear TV channels in a freefall: analyst

Media | 11/16/2018 4:30 pm EST

Viewership of children’s TV channels in the United States declined by another 20 per cent in the past year, according to Bernstein Research analyst Todd Juenger. That decline means viewing of...

Most content pirates have TV subscriptions: MTM

Media | 11/15/2018 5:19 pm EST

More than half, or 59 per cent, of Canadians who pirate TV and movie content also have a TV subscription, according to a new report from Media Technology Monitor (MTM). “This likely indicates that pirating content has to do with getting particular content that may not be readily available through the [users’] existing subscriptions,” Thursday’s report outlined. “This may be content exclusive to other services or stations not included in the users’ subscription.” Nearly as many, or 58 per cent, subscribe to over-the-top (OTT) services, the CBC/Radio-Canada agency said....

Comms law review panel extends comment period

Media | 11/05/2018 1:13 pm EST

The comment period for the government-appointed, blue-ribbon panel that’s reviewing Canada’s communications laws is being extended into next year. It is being lengthened to January 11, 2019, the panel has confirmed to The...

Videotron losing its CEO as Brouillette announces departure

telecom | 10/16/2018 12:42 pm EDT

Manon Brouillette, who has been at the helm of Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron for the past five years, is leaving the company in what National Bank...

Broadcast revenue bleeding got worse in 2017: CRTC

Media | 07/09/2018 8:30 pm EDT

According to the latest data from the CRTC, the Canadian broadcasting and broadcast distribution...

Bains mum on if telecom concerns led to Aecon takeover denial

telecom | 05/24/2018 5:01 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains wouldn’t say Thursday...

Anglophone TV subs down slightly to 73%: MTM

Media | 03/09/2018 4:54 pm EST

The percentage of anglophones subscribing to TV service fell to 73 per cent in 2017 from 75 per cent a year earlier, according to the latest numbers from CBC/Radio-Canada’s Media Technology Monitor (MTM) project. Continuing the trend of Canadians turning to new distribution methods, the MTM report indicated both satellite and cable subscription numbers have fallen in 2017. Cable fell from 36 to 35 per cent, and satellite declined from 17 to 15 per cent. Satellite subscriber counts have continued to decline after a small bump in 2016. IPTV services though, like BCE Inc.’s Fibe TV and...

CCSA says Rogers violating the rules in affiliation agreement dispute

Media | 03/02/2018 11:59 am EST

  The Canadian Cable Systems Alliance (CCSA) has filed a Part 1...

Bell, Telus report wireless sub gains from December promos

Media | 02/08/2018 6:27 pm EST

BCE Inc. and Telus Corp. both reported quarterly results for the three...

‘Technical issue’ hurt Rogers churn during Dec. wireless promos: CEO

telecom | 01/25/2018 4:54 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc.’s systems had a technical glitch that...

As its TV ad revenue drops, Corus says ad tech is the future

Media | 01/10/2018 6:05 pm EST

Corus Entertainment Inc. executives emphasized their optimism about future...

Jim Shaw, former Shaw CEO, dies at 60

Media | 01/04/2018 1:05 pm EST

Shaw Communications Inc. said on Wednesday evening that its former CEO, Jim Shaw, has died. “Jim’s...

Bell needs to do more with ad tech, CEO says

Media | 11/02/2017 3:43 pm EDT

BCE Inc. CEO George Cope said the company needs to do a better job of finding opportunities in emerging advertising technology, as the company seeks additional revenue growth...

Freedom set to support older iPhones with spectrum rejig, deployment

telecom | 10/26/2017 5:37 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc. announced Thursday that it would move to redeploy...

Corus focuses on content over broadcast with Historia, Séries+ sale

Media | 10/18/2017 6:16 pm EDT

Corus Entertainment Inc. announced Tuesday it is selling two...

Look at high cost of à la carte channels, PIAC tells CRTC

Media | 10/17/2017 8:16 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — There are still some problems with the implementation of the CRTC’s skinny basic and pick-and-pay rules, consumer groups told the regulator during the second day of a licence hearing Tuesday. Alysia Lau, counsel for the Public Interest Advocacy Centre...

No business case, no set-top box measurement system: Cablecos

Media | 10/16/2017 8:29 pm EDT

GATINEAU, QUE. — Some companies in a working group crafted to measure how...

Lori Rosenberg to join CCSA as VP of contracts

Media | 10/05/2017 3:00 pm EDT

The Canadian Cable System Alliance (CCSA) said Thursday that Lori Rosenberg will join its executive team...

CRTC licence decision sent back to drawing board

Media | 08/14/2017 5:55 pm EDT

A controversial CRTC decision that creative groups said would negatively affect the production of Canadian content will be sent back to the CRTC for reconsideration by the federal cabinet, Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly...

CRTC calls for comments on VOD, discretionary service dispute tool

Media | 08/04/2017 1:13 pm EDT

The CRTC is asking for feedback on whether it should add dispute-resolution provisions to its newly created Discretionary Services Regulations. In a call for consultations posted Friday, the...

BDU revenue losses accelerate to 2.1%: CRTC

Media | 07/27/2017 5:10 pm EDT

Canadian TV providers’ revenues dropped 2.1 per cent in 2016 — a marked increase from the 0.1 per cent fall a year earlier, which was the first such decline in a decade. The CRTC released its financial summaries for the broadcast sector Thursday, which showed that...

Cogeco’s U.S. cable prospects more promising: Barclays

telecom | 07/17/2017 2:40 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. can look to cable in the United States to see sustained growth compared to a harsher cable market in Canada, according to Barclays Capital analyst Phillip Huang. “Relative to...

Cogeco reports higher revenues and profit in Q3

Media | 07/14/2017 3:11 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. reported stronger revenues and profits for its fiscal third quarter, the first earnings...

Alaraby Television Network approved for distribution

Media | 07/11/2017 5:29 pm EDT

The CRTC approved Tuesday an application by sponsor Ethnic Channels Group Ltd. to add Alaraby Television Network to its list of non-Canadian channels authorized for distribution. Ethnic Channels group said in its...

Cogeco expands U.S. biz with MetroCast buy

Media | 07/10/2017 1:08 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. is again expanding its U.S. footprint, with the announcement Monday that it would purchase...

STB data measurement complex task, group says

Media | 06/30/2017 2:23 pm EDT

Activity by a working group tasked with studying the implementation of an audience measurement system via...

CTV joins local news expansion parade

Media | 06/07/2017 12:15 pm EDT

An additional nine local CTV stations across the country will begin airing an early evening newscast this fall, BCE Inc.’s media division said Wednesday. “Local news is an essential institution that unites communities...

Rogers Media Sales signs with weather, food brands

Media | 06/06/2017 4:26 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. announced Tuesday its media sales division had signed two deals that “expand reach and deliver brand-safe, premium-content environments to advertisers.” In a press release, the company said the...

CRTC calls for radio, BDU licence renewal applications

telecom | 05/31/2017 1:36 pm EDT

The CRTC is asking for holders of both radio and cable and IPTV broadcast distribution undertaking (BDU) licences that expire on Aug. 31, 2018 to apply to renew their licences. The commission said...

Cable no substitute in wholesale service gap areas: CNOC

telecom | 05/19/2017 4:46 pm EDT

The presence of cable infrastructure in locations where there is no telco option for wholesale Internet service is not a sufficient alternative, small Internet service providers (ISPS) are arguing in a proceeding in front of the CRTC. In reply comments this week, the Canadian Network Operators Consortium (CNOC) said that “prohibitive switching costs leave many Competitors with no choice but to commit to one wholesale [high speed access] service platform. Once committed, the Competitor is bound by costs that constitute a daunting barrier to competition in areas that may be served by...

Terrebonne asks CRTC for help with access agreement

telecom | 05/18/2017 2:38 pm EDT

Another Canadian municipality is turning to the CRTC after failing to agree on a municipal access...

Illegal streaming on Kodi boxes in 6% of households: Sandvine

Media | 05/04/2017 8:10 pm EDT

A new report from broadband equipment maker Sandvine Corp. says about six per cent of households in North America “currently have a Kodi device configured to access...

Court dismisses appeal of set-top box sales ban

Media | 03/20/2017 8:33 pm EDT

MONTREAL — The Federal Court of Appeal dismissed Monday a challenge to an injunction on the sale of pre-loaded set-top boxes. “In our view, in light of the uncontradicted evidence, including the advertisement that...

TVO cancels plan to shut down OTA transmitters

Media | 02/17/2017 5:27 pm EST

Ontario public broadcaster TVO has decided to keep broadcasting over-the-air (OTA), after the provincial government moved to provide $1 million in funding to keep the transmitters operational. TVO said in a press...

TVO to end OTA broadcasts outside of Toronto

Media | 01/31/2017 7:34 pm EST

Ontario public broadcaster TVO will shut down eight over-the-air transmitters, keeping one transmitter in Toronto “for the purposes of the CRTC licence and to minimize distribution costs,” it said in a Jan. 25 press release. Broadcasts will stop on July 31 in a move that will save the broadcaster $1 million per year, it said. The affected transmitters are in Ottawa, Belleville, Chatham, Cloyne, Kitchener, London, Thunder Bay and Windsor, Ont. The release added that fewer than one per cent of Ontario households will be affected, given “the prevalent...

Jay Thomson to head CCSA

telecom | 01/10/2017 9:31 pm EST

The Canadian Cable Systems Alliance (CCSA) has named Jay Thomson as its new CEO. Thomson, who is currently the vice-president of broadcasting policy and regulatory affairs for the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), will start effective Feb. 1, 2017, the CCSA said in a press...

Big Three among biggest spenders on R&D in Canada

Media | 11/21/2016 9:04 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc., BCE Inc. and Telus Corp. are near the top of this year’s list of the 100 companies in Canada that spend the most on research and development. The...

Blue Ant sells 4 shows to Discovery Communications

Media | 11/14/2016 7:11 pm EST

Blue Ant Media Inc. has sold four reality shows to Discovery Communications Inc., which will be broadcast on Discovery’s channels airing in the United States and Latin America. Blue Ant said in...

CCSA board responds to wrongful dismissal suit

telecom | 09/19/2016 8:05 pm EDT

The former CEO of the Canadian Cable Systems Alliance (CCSA) could not have been wrongfully dismissed since her employment contract was already up, the board of directors argued in court documents responding to a lawsuit by Alyson...

CRTC grills telecoms on skinny basic promotion, bundling

Media | 09/08/2016 1:01 am EDT

GATINEAU — A CRTC panel pressed Canada's largest TV service providers on whether they were doing enough to bring attention to new skinny-basic services, raising concerns that higher-tier...

Bell’s Wholesale Code appeal, conditions of licence ask face stiff opposition

Media | 08/26/2016 9:14 pm EDT

BCE Inc. has “unclean hands” in its effort to have the Wholesale Code overturned by the federal Appeal Court while simultaneously applying to have removed certain conditions of...

Luc Noiseux named Cogeco chief technology officer

Media | 08/23/2016 2:37 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. said Monday it appointed Luc Noiseux as the company’s new senior vice president and chief technology and strategy officer. Noiseux, whose appointment was effective Monday, joined the company...

Louise St-Pierre leaving Cogeco Connexion

Media | 08/12/2016 7:20 pm EDT

The head of Cogeco Inc.’s Canadian division is retiring after more than 17 years with the company, the company announced Friday. Louise St-Pierre, Cogeco Connexion president and CEO, will step down as...

Cogeco reports higher revenues, takes a hit from Peer 1

telecom | 07/07/2016 9:20 pm EDT

Cogeco Inc. reported higher overall revenues for the third quarter, but a write-down on its Peer 1 business pulled on the reins. The Montreal-based company reported its earnings for Q3, which ended May 31, on Wednesday. Revenue increased by $16.2 million, or 2.9 per cent for the quarter, to $570 million, compared to $247 million in Q3 2015. It attributed the gain to a combination of  “improvement of its American broadband services operations” in its communications division and favourable exchange rates as compared to the same period last year. It also said it...

CCSA sued for wrongful dismissal after Townsend departure

telecom | 07/07/2016 6:05 pm EDT

The Canadian Cable Systems Alliance (CCSA) is facing a lawsuit from former president and CEO Alyson Townsend, who is accusing the organization of wrongful dismissal. In a statement of claim filed in...

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...

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...

CCSA president Alyson Townsend leaves post

telecom | 06/15/2016 3:26 pm EDT

Canadian Cable Systems Alliance (CCSA) president and CEO Alyson Townsend has left the organization, vice-president of corporate and regulatory Chris Edwards confirmed Wednesday. Jenny Bosien, CCSA’s finance director,...

Shomi, Crave in fewer than 1M households: SRG

Media | 06/14/2016 9:15 pm EDT

Solutions Research Group Consultants Inc. estimates fewer than one million Canadian households are currently subscribers to BCE Inc.’s CraveTV and Rogers Communications Inc.’s and Shaw Communications Inc.’s Shomi. In a summary of spring edition of its Digital Life Canada report, SRG said awareness among Canadians of the streaming services is growing, with 48 per cent of respondents saying they’ve heard of Shomi and 44 per cent saying they’ve heard of Crave. However, adoption “continues to lag far behind awareness,” with four...

Telecom told it can’t name and shame subs with unpaid bills

telecom | 06/09/2016 8:25 pm EDT

The office of the privacy commissioner has forced a cable provider to censor the names of customers with overdue accounts it made public, according to an incident summary posted on its website...

Mobile service gives Quebecor Q1 revenue boost

Media | 05/12/2016 7:39 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc. reported a five-per-cent increase to revenue in the first quarter of 2016, bringing in $975.4 million compared to $929 million the same period a year earlier. According to quarterly earnings...

Charter-Time Warner deal gets FCC approval

telecom | 05/09/2016 7:21 pm EDT

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted its approval to the merger of Charter Communications Inc., Time Warner Cable Inc. and Bright House Networks LLC, the regulator said in a press...

Charter-Time Warner merger moves ahead, with conditions

telecom | 04/26/2016 6:43 pm EDT

The U.S. Department of Justice has given its approval for a pair of Charter Communications Inc. acquisitions, which, according to a Monday press release, would create the second-largest cable company...

CRTC starts renewal process for TV provider licences

telecom | 04/21/2016 9:07 pm EDT

The CRTC issued a call for Thursday for IPTV and cable providers whose broadcast licences will expire in 2016 and 2017 to submit licence renewal applications. The regulator said that licensees with licences expiring on Aug. 31...

20% of Canadians don’t subscribe to TV: MTM

Media | 04/07/2016 8:20 pm EDT

The number of Canadians without TV subscriptions is currently 20 per cent, according to a pair of new reports from Media Technology Monitor, a project of CBC/Radio-Canada. MTM noted that “living without a paid TV...

23.7% of Canadian households don’t subscribe to TV: report

Media | 04/06/2016 6:35 pm EDT

A new report from Convergence Consulting Group Ltd. estimates 3.43 million Canadian households, or about 23.7 per cent, didn’t have a traditional TV subscription with a cable,...

Corus closes Shaw Media deal, announces new exec slate

Media | 04/01/2016 5:14 pm EDT

Corus Entertainment Inc. has closed its $2.65-billion acquisition of Shaw Communications Inc.’s media division and appointed a team of executive vice-presidents for the combined company....

CRTC approves Shaw-Corus deal, with no tangible benefits

Media | 03/23/2016 10:37 pm EDT

The CRTC has approved the acquisition of Shaw Communications Inc.’s media division by Corus Entertainment Inc., and decided not to require Corus to pay any tangible benefits, a contribution which could have amounted to $265 million had the regulator decided otherwise. The commission said in a press release Wednesday afternoon that both Shaw and Corus have “been effectively controlled by the same person, Mr. JR Shaw,” since Corus was founded in 1999. “Since that time, although they have operated under separate management teams and are overseen by distinct boards of...

TV subscription rate down to 77%: MTM

Media | 03/22/2016 10:47 pm EDT

The percentage of Canadians subscribing to TV service in Canada fell to 77 per cent in the fall of 2015, according to a new report released Tuesday by Media Technology Monitor, a project of CBC/Radio-Canada. That’s a...

CRTC tells CCTS to step up enforcement, ‘naming and shaming’

Media | 03/17/2016 9:09 pm EDT

In addition to expanding the mandate of the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS) Thursday to include TV service, the CRTC told the organization to make more use of...

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...

Rogers to offer $3-$18 theme packs with skinny basic

Media | 02/25/2016 8:34 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc.’s $24.99 skinny basic offer will include the U.S. "4+1” networks ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and PBS, and its theme packages will cost between $3 and $18. Rogers spokeswoman Jennifer Kett sent...

FCC opens “unlock the box” proposal to comment

Media | 02/19/2016 4:41 pm EST

A new proposal from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) aims to free TV subscribers from their leased set-top box agreements with cable and satellite operators. In a 3-2 decision on Thursday, the U.S. regulator approved starting a process to "create a framework" to provide "innovators, device manufacturers and app developers" with the information necessary to develop new technologies "reflecting the many ways consumers access their subscription video programming today," the FCC said in a press release. "Consumers who enjoy their current setup...

Heritage committee to conduct study on news media

Media | 02/17/2016 9:34 pm EST

The House of Commons heritage committee will undertake a study on the news media. The committee will hold at least 10 meetings that will study how Canadians and “especially local communities, are informed about local and...

CMF, CMPA to help promote Canadian kids’ productions

Media | 02/08/2016 9:15 pm EST

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) said in a press release Monday that it has teamed up with eight organizations, including the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) and the BCE...

CRTC asks Bell, Rogers, Shaw, Quebecor to renew TV licences

Media | 02/08/2016 8:38 pm EST

The CRTC said Monday that BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc., Shaw Communications Inc. and Quebecor Inc. should apply to renew their TV licences that will expire in...

CRTC approves new hybrid VOD service

Media | 02/01/2016 7:40 pm EST

The CRTC has approved a video-on-demand licence application by Gold Line Telemanagement Inc., a Markham, Ont.-based company that offers over-the-top (OTT) subscriptions to international TV and radio services. The commission...

Videotron says original show breaks Illico viewing record

Media | 01/28/2016 8:54 pm EST

Quebecor Inc.’s Videotron said Thursday that its over-the-top (OTT) service Club Illico’s original series Blue Moon reached 100,000 views in less than 48 hours within its launch....

CRTC news fund proposal would ‘gut’ community TV: Cogeco

Media | 01/27/2016 10:14 pm EST

Cogeco Communications Inc. told a CRTC hearing Wednesday that a plan the commission proposed to create a new fund for local TV news programming, to be funded by existing financial resources within the...

Bell, Channel Zero tell CRTC local TV needs help

Media | 01/26/2016 12:57 am EST

GATINEAU — The first day of the CRTC’s hearing on local and community television painted a picture of traditional TV in flux, as operators of conventional stations said declining ad revenue is making local TV...

CACTUS complaints result in 4 CRTC proceedings

Media | 01/25/2016 4:45 pm EST

The CRTC has grouped 61 complaints by the Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations (CACTUS) into four Part 1 proceedings, giving Shaw Communications Inc., Cogeco Cable Inc., Rogers...

ADR assured Videotron must keep it until dispute resolved

Media | 01/22/2016 5:28 pm EST

The CRTC has told officials representing ADR.TV and Quebecor Inc.'s Videotron that the latter must maintain distribution of the former as the CRTC sorts through a dispute between the two parties. The letter from the CRTC, dated Jan. 20, was made in response to an application from the public safety TV channel ADR (Avis de recherche) that sought to have the CRTC force Videotron to honour a standstill order, with ADR saying Videotron has been arguing to have the standstill agreement revoked. Julia Bresee, a senior analyst at the CRTC specializing in dispute resolution, said in the letter...

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...

Telecoms to feel economic headwinds: analyst

Media | 01/18/2016 7:33 pm EST

Barclays Capital analyst Phillip Huang said Monday that providers of telecommunications services in Canada will feel the effects of the struggling economy. He said in a research note that most of repercussions from things such as...

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...

Cogeco looking to expand in the U.S. cable market: Audet

Media | 01/13/2016 9:48 pm EST

MONTREAL — Cogeco Inc. CEO Louis Audet said Wednesday that the company will prioritize its U.S. cable and Internet business over a potential wireless initiative in Canada. Speaking to reporters...

Tangible benefits unclear for Corus-Shaw deal: expert

Media | 01/13/2016 8:18 pm EST

Regulatory approval of Corus Entertainment Inc.'s planned purchase of Shaw Communications Inc.'s media division shouldn't be a problem since there's no real change in who's controlling the assets, said one consultant, though there is some question as to how tangible benefits will apply in this deal. As a condition of approving acquisitions in the broadcasting industry, the CRTC generally requires the purchasing company to contribute a proportion of the value of the sale toward initiatives that benefit the broadcasting sector. For transactions in the TV industry, that...

CRTC proposes fund for local TV news

Media | 01/12/2016 8:33 pm EST

The CRTC is proposing a new fund to support local TV news programming, which would be funded by existing financial resources within the broadcasting system. The proposal was included a paper released Tuesday, which will be used...

CCTS to enforce TV service provider code

Media | 01/08/2016 5:38 pm EST

The Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS) said in a press release Friday it will be responsible for administering the CRTC's new television service provider code of conduct. The new TV code, which...

TV service provider code takes effect September 2017

Media | 01/07/2016 10:21 pm EST

Television service providers have another 20 months before they are forced to abide by a new code governing their relationship with customers. The CRTC on Thursday released a finalized version of its television service provider...

Community TV channels do not meet CRTC standards: CACTUS

telecom | 01/07/2016 4:44 pm EST

The Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations (CACTUS) said Thursday that most cable community TV channels do not meet CRTC standards for operating a community TV channel,...

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...

Ericsson renews contract with Eastlink for 3 years

telecom | 12/17/2015 3:31 pm EST

Ericsson AB announced Thursday that it has renewed its agreement with Eastlink to expand and upgrade its LTE and HSPA networks, as well as continue to be the exclusive supplier for radio access network equipment for another three...

TV ads most influential among Canadians: survey

Media | 12/16/2015 5:34 pm EST

In a survey of Canadian adults, 57 per cent said they are most likely to notice an advertisement while watching TV, compared to 13 per cent who said they were most likely to do so while listening to the radio and only two per cent...

Netflix says new process will waste less bandwidth

Media | 12/15/2015 5:44 pm EST

Netflix Inc. is re-encoding its entire library of content in order to provide customers with a better experience for watching content while using less bandwidth to process it.  The company said in a blog Monday that the...

Cogeco appoints Daniel Boisvert, Antoine Shiu, to exec positions

Media | 12/14/2015 4:30 pm EST

Cogeco Cable Inc.’s Canadian cable division has appointed Daniel Boisvert as vice-president of marketing and innovation, and Antoine Shiu as vice-president of business solutions sales, it said in a press release Monday. Cogeco said in the release that Boisvert will provide leadership on rolling out products and services, as well as being in charge of launching a “new brand expression,” for Cogeco Cable Canada in the Ontario and Quebec regions. The release said that Shiu will be responsible for growing the business customer base by developing offerings to match the needs of...