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No plans to change alerts system, for now: CRTC

telecom | 01/13/2020 5:18 pm EST

The CRTC says there’s no immediate plans to change the regulations governing Canada’s emergency alert system after an Ontario -wide alert about an incident at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station was sent in error.  The CRTC did not comment on Sunday’s alert, that warned of an incident at the station, itself. The regulator told The Wire Report it was always reviewing the alert process after each real and test alert in terms of their distribution but had no “immediate plans for making changes to the process in CRTC regulations (this may change as we move forward)”.  The...

Keep satellite OTA replacement program in place, CRTC hears

Media | 05/17/2019 11:47 am EDT

Users of a program that provides free access to conventional TV stations in areas where they’re not available over-the-air are asking the CRTC not to allow Shaw Communications Inc. to shut down the program. The CRTC received more than a hundred interventions from individuals, with many users of the local television satellite solution (LTSS) program outlining that it’s the only way they’re able to access free OTA channels, especially the public broadcaster CBC/Radio-Canada, and urging the regulator to keep the program in place. The program offers free satellite services and...

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...

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...

Quebec court dismisses call centre case against Shaw

telecom | 11/22/2016 9:44 pm EST

The Quebec Superior Court has dismissed a case against Shaw Communications Inc.’s satellite business in the province related to the termination of a third-party contract for call centre services. The...

Telus Q3 continues industry-wide trend of strong wireless

Media | 11/04/2016 7:27 pm EDT

Telus Corp. reported strong wireless revenues and subscriber additions Friday, as data helped propel overall revenues up to $3.23 billion.    For the three months ended September...

Telecoms’ TV revenues declined last year: CRTC

Media | 07/12/2016 9:01 pm EDT

The television distribution revenues reported by Canada’s telecommunications companies have fallen for the first time in a decade, driven by a decline in satellite subscribers. Numbers released by the CRTC Tuesday showed that telecoms — including cable, IPTV and satellite providers — saw a 0.13-per-cent decrease in revenues last year, from $8.93 billion in 2014 to $8.92 billion in 2015. That’s the first such decline reported by the CRTC since at least 2006. While cable and IPTV companies’ revenues grew 1.7 per cent between 2014 and 2015, to $6.6...

Four telecoms singled out for skinny-basic hearing

Media | 05/24/2016 9:36 pm EDT

The CRTC said Tuesday it will hold a hearing on the implementation of skinny basic TV packages, though it only asked four companies — BCE Inc., Rogers Communications Inc., Shaw Communications Inc.,...

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...

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...

Satellite spectrum fees changing

telecom | 02/22/2016 10:17 pm EST

Lower fees for spectrum used for satellite communication will go into effect on April 1. According to a notice from the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development published in last week's Canada Gazette and posted on the department website Friday, existing radio licence fees of $333 per MHz per year for fixed-satellite service and broadcasting-satellite service spectrum will fall to $120 per MHz per year. The new fee structure was first proposed in 2014. "Over the last two decades, technological change has had a significant impact on the satellite industry, enabling the introduction of new products and services into the marketplace," the notice said. "This has fuelled an increase in demand for the commercial provisioning of the satellite capacity and satellite-based services." The new spectrum licences...

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...

Bell profits down 8.8 per cent in Q4

telecom | 02/04/2016 9:45 pm EST

BCE Inc. reported net earnings of $542 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, down 8.8 per cent from the same time a year earlier. It said Thursday that final quarter revenues were up 1.4 per cent to $5.60 billion,...

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 said in a decision Monday that the service would operate under the hybrid VOD category it introduced last year, which allows operators to avoid regular broadcast regulations if the service is also available online to all Canadians. The decision noted that the service would “consist primarily of current titles from Hollywood studios...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 was announced Thursday, will take effect in September 2017 and will require broadcast distributors to provide easy-to-understand information about what channels a customer is getting, clarity about the duration of promotional offers and time commitments a consumer must undertake, among other stipulations. In its decision, the CRTC noted it had previously proposed...

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...

Content on multiple platforms can lower future revenue: report

Media | 12/18/2015 3:48 pm EST

Having premium content on linear TV and on over-the-top (OTT) services can cause adverse effects on revenue growth and will cause consumers to expect lower costs for premium TV content, according to a...

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 who said they were likely to do so watching video content on a mobile device, according to a new survey conducted by Thinktv Inc. that was released Wednesday. Thinktv, which recently changed its name from the Television Bureau of Canada, is an industry association that promotes television advertising. The report said among millennials specifically, or adults aged...

Yahoo launches mobile app in U.S. to find OTT content

Media | 12/11/2015 8:04 pm EST

Yahoo Inc. announced Thursday the launch of its Yahoo Video Guide mobile app for customers in the United States to search for video content across multiple services they have installed on their devices. The company said in a blog...

CMPA reaches 3-year agreement with Directors Guild

Media | 12/11/2015 6:37 pm EST

The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) announced Friday it has agreed on terms for a new three-year agreement with the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC). It said in a press release that the renewed agreement, which will...

Bell denied requests for no quota on independent programming

Media | 12/11/2015 6:18 pm EST

The CRTC on Friday approved requests from BCE Inc. to delete many genre-related terms on its licences for three different specialty channels, but it was denied in all three instances its requests that...

DHX produces new kids TV show to air in Canada, U.K.

Media | 12/10/2015 2:57 pm EST

DHX Media Ltd. announced Thursday it has been commissioned by BBC’s children's broadcasting arm, CBBC, in the U.K. to produce two seasons of Airmageddon, a new TV show for kids that features competitive radio-controlled...

CRTC denies application to amend third-language exemption order

telecom | 12/09/2015 5:34 pm EST

The CRTC denied an application from Ethnic Channels Group Ltd. Wednesday to amend the exemption order for discretionary TV services serving fewer than 200,000 subscribers in order for third-language...

Amazon offers to link video producers to audiences

Media | 12/09/2015 4:13 pm EST

Amazon.com Inc. announced Tuesday it is launching an over-the-top (OTT) streaming subscription program for video providers to reach out to Amazon Prime members, and will also allow Prime members to add other video subscription...

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...

ADR files complaint against Bell

Media | 12/08/2015 5:41 pm EST

A Quebec TV station that focuses on disseminating public-safety and police-related information has filed a complaint against BCE Inc. for its impending exclusion of carriage of the channel, though the CRTC has ordered Bell to keep...

DHX signs 5-year deal with DreamWorks

Media | 12/08/2015 3:15 pm EST

DHX Media Ltd. announced Tuesday it has signed a five-year deal with DreamWorks Animation LLC to produce, broadcast and distribute content across several channels. DHX said in the press release that it will be co-producing 130 episodes of original animated children’s content at the DHX studios and will broadcast on its Family Channel, Family Jr., Family CHRGD and Télémagino channels. It added that DHX will manage distribution of content within Canada and DreamWorks will manage distribution around the rest of the world. The deal also makes DHX the exclusive television...

Distant TV signals losing value, service providers say

Media | 11/30/2015 9:13 pm EST

OTTAWA — Canada's major TV service providers argued before the Copyright Board of Canada on Monday that they should pay less for distant-TV signals because these channels are losing value as...

Broadcasters advised to ‘pick their winners’ as pick-and-pay approaches

Media | 11/27/2015 9:58 pm EST

As the Canadian TV industry approaches an era where customers have more choice over the channels they subscribe to, large broadcasters should “pick their winners” and consolidate into a...

Blue Ant sells content to Asia

Media | 11/27/2015 2:59 pm EST

Blue Ant Media Inc.’s international division announced Friday it has made sales of more than 175 hours of content from its catalogue of factual, factual entertainment, nature and wildlife, lifestyle and documentary series to...

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 holds out on distributing Bloomberg TV

Media | 11/19/2015 7:11 pm EST

When Channel Zero Inc. announced the launch of its Bloomberg TV Canada channel this week, it listed every TV-service provider that was carrying it and absent from that list was Canada's biggest provider of TV service. Channel Zero said in a press release that the new business-news channel is being carried by Rogers Communications Inc., Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Inc., Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., Eastlink, Telus Corp., Shaw Communications Inc.'s cable and satellite systems and Cogeco Cable Inc. in Ontario. It added that Cogeco and Quebecor Inc.'s Videotron would...

Blue Ant makes several leadership changes

Media | 11/18/2015 6:56 pm EST

Blue Ant Media Inc. on Wednesday announced several changes to its leadership team, including the appointment of Jamie Schouela to the newly created position of executive vice-president of Canadian networks. Blue Ant said in a...

Telus, Cogeco challenge Bell appeal of wholesale code

Media | 11/17/2015 9:36 pm EST

Telus Corp. and Cogeco Cable Inc. have filed their opposition to BCE Inc.'s attempt to fight, before the Federal Court of Appeal, the CRTC's wholesale code governing relationships between television stations and TV-service...

TVB appoints Kathy Gardner VP of media insights

Media | 11/11/2015 3:36 pm EST

The Television Bureau of Canada (TVB) announced Wednesday it has appointed Kathy Gardner to the newly created position of vice-president of media insights. TVB said in a press release that Gardner will oversee research and...

Market has adjusted to 2-year wireless contracts: analyst

Media | 11/10/2015 8:42 pm EST

Third-quarter results indicate the mobile market has adjusted to the higher-priced, two-year contracts that became the norm after the CRTC implemented the wireless code in 2013, says Scotia Capital...

CRTC says 30-day cancellation ban not for single channels

Media | 11/06/2015 6:27 pm EST

The CRTC on Friday made certain clarifications about the policy implemented early this year to prohibit providers of telecommunications services from requiring 30-days' notice of subscription...

Rogers, Vice to launch new channel for millennials

Media | 11/05/2015 3:42 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc. said Thursday it will launch a new 24-hour specialty channel aimed at millennials next year as part of its partnership with Vice Media Inc. It said in a press release that the new channel, called...

Bell becomes largest TV provider for Canadians

Media | 11/04/2015 9:38 pm EST

BCE Inc. announced Wednesday that the popularity of its Fibe TV service has made its the largest TV provider in Canada for the first time with more than 2.7 million customers across the country. Bell said in a press release that...

CCTS asks CRTC to keep membership mandatory for telecoms

telecom | 11/03/2015 9:45 pm EST

Representatives from the Commission for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS) told the CRTC Tuesday that making telecom companies' participation in the CCTS voluntary would affect the...

Connectivity beats content in telecom/media sector: report

Media | 11/03/2015 8:24 pm EST

The notion that "content is king" is challenged in a new report that points out that connectivity services take in significantly more revenue than content providers in Canada and have seen more growth in recent decades. The Canadian Media Concentration Research Project, led by Carleton University communications professor Dwayne Winseck, released on Tuesday what it said was the first in a series of reports that analyzes trends in the entire "network media economy" in Canada between 1984 and 2014. It looks at everything from content such as TV, radio, newspapers and...

Bell Media asks for CBC disaffiliations in B.C.

Media | 10/30/2015 7:26 pm EDT

BCE Inc.'s Bell Media division has asked the CRTC to approve the disaffiliation of two TV stations it owns in British Columbia from CBC/Radio-Canada. Bell Media filed applications with the commission, which appeared online...

CRTC approves change of licence conditions for OWN

Media | 10/28/2015 6:42 pm EDT

The CRTC approved Wednesday an application from Corus Entertainment Inc. on behalf of OWN Inc., the Oprah Winfrey Network, to amend certain conditions of its broadcasting licence as well as its terms-of-trade agreement. The...

New Star Wars movie coming to Netflix in Canada only

Media | 10/26/2015 5:43 pm EDT

Canadian Netflix Inc. subscribers will be the only ones able to stream Walt Disney Co.'s Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2016. A Netflix representative confirmed in a phone call that the seventh installment, and latest...

CRTC denies ownership transfer of ethnic channel

Media | 10/22/2015 7:59 pm EDT

The CRTC denied Thursday a transfer of ownership application submitted by NMTV Inc., a national third-language general interest ethnic specialty channel. The application, which was filed on Aug. 1, requested the commission change...

Shaw sees 40% rise in profits in Q4

Media | 10/22/2015 5:35 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc. announced Thursday a 43.8 per cent increase in its fourth quarter profits. It said in its quarterly results that its net income for the three months ending Aug. 31 was up 43.8 per cent to $276 million, up from $192 million a year earlier. Revenue was up 6.3 per cent to $1.34 billion, up from $1.26 billion a year earlier, the company said, adding those results reflected its acquisition of the U.S. data centre provider ViaWest Inc. Shaw indicated in the release that the net income increase of $84 million reflected an improvement in “operating income before...

CBC gets rights to 2022, 2024 Olympic Games

Media | 10/21/2015 3:27 pm EDT

CBC/Radio-Canada said in a press release that it has secured the broadcasting rights for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games and the 2024 Olympic Games. CBC will become the official broadcaster for the next five Olympic Games...

Liberal government positive for big telecoms: analyst

Media | 10/19/2015 7:58 pm EDT

A telecom-market analyst says incumbent telecommunications-service providers would benefit under a Liberal government. Scotia Capital analyst Jeff Fan said in a research note released the Friday before Monday's election:...

Supreme Court denies Bell appeal against Quebecor

Media | 10/15/2015 8:13 pm EDT

The Supreme Court on Thursday denied BCE Inc.'s appeal of damages it was ordered to pay Quebecor Inc. subsidiaries for the hacking of Bell's satellite-TV service a decade or more ago and the lost revenue that resulted...

Corus expands original content distribution to U.S. broadcasters

Media | 10/05/2015 3:51 pm EDT

Following Corus Entertainment Inc.’s announcement at MIPCOM, the global entertainment content conference, it said in a press release Monday that it has signed deals to distribute its original...

Federal election unlikely to change telecom policy: Huang

telecom | 10/05/2015 2:42 pm EDT

Barclays Capital analyst Phillip Huang said in a research note Monday that, despite the uncertain outcome of this month's federal election, a significant change in policy with regard to...

Pick-and-pay TV prices could reduce cord cutting, say experts

Media | 10/02/2015 8:43 pm EDT

Prices for TV subscriptions in the coming pick-and-pay era will be one of the main factors determining how over-the-top (OTT) video services are affected, say experts, noting that competitive pricing...

Bell seeks exemption from emergency alert requirements

telecom | 10/01/2015 5:17 pm EDT

BCE Inc. is asking the CRTC to amend its condition of licence that requires it to distribute emergency alerts to satellite-TV customers who still have a set-top box that isn’t capable of...

OMNI TV to air first original series

Media | 09/30/2015 2:57 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc.’s OMNI TV announced Wednesday it will be broadcasting its first production of an original series on its channel. OMNI said in the release that the show, titled Blood and Water, will be a Chinese...

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 a particular channel from being offered on a stand-alone basis or as part of a package that customers can create themselves. The rules, which take effect on Jan. 22, will also ban so-called penetration-based rate cards (PBRCs) that require service providers to compensate channel operators when certain thresholds for advertising revenue are not met. The CRTC...

CRTC to review local, community-TV regulations

Media | 09/14/2015 8:29 pm EDT

The CRTC is asking whether maintaining a physical presence in an area is necessary to produce local programming and whether community-access TV is still relevant as part a proceeding on local and community television it announced...

Incognito says it can save ISPs millions

telecom | 09/10/2015 2:25 pm EDT

Incognito Software Systems, a Vancouver-based provider of Internet account management services, announced Thursday a new line of services it says can save broadband providers millions of dollars by preventing fraud and finding...

Shaw asks for exemption from public alert system

Media | 09/09/2015 5:44 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc. has filed an application asking the CRTC to exempt it from the requirement, as a condition of licence, that all its satellite-TV customers be able to receive messages from the National Public Alerting...

CMF provided $365.5B in funding last year

Media | 08/31/2015 6:58 pm EDT

The Canadian Media Fund (CMF) said Monday that it provided $365.5 billion in funding for television and digital-media productions last year. That's up from $354.5 billion that it reported spending in the previous year's...

Sprint offers free service to DirecTV customers

telecom | 08/27/2015 7:21 pm EDT

U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Corp. is offering free service to customers of DirecTV, the satellite-TV provider that was recently purchased by AT&T, a competitor to Sprint in the mobile market. Sprint said in a press release that between Aug. 28 and Sept. 30, DirecTV customers who opt for Sprint mobile service, or add additional services with Sprint, can receive unlimited talk and text for a year and 2 GB per month of data on up to five lines, if using a non-subsidized smartphone. “DirecTV customers love their TV service, but they shouldn’t have to settle for AT&T...

DHX snags 6 broadcasters for new show

Media | 08/26/2015 1:49 pm EDT

DHX Media Inc. announced Wednesday it has signed six broadcasters globally to air a new BBC-commissioned TV show called Twirlywoos. DHX said in a press release that the new channels include Lagardère in France, which will...

CBS, Cablevision carriage agreement features streaming

Media | 08/25/2015 7:55 pm EDT

CBS Corp. and Cablevision Systems Corp. announced on Tuesday that CBS All Access and Showtime streaming services will be delivered to Cablevision’s Optimum Online customers as part of a...

Bell says non-refundable monthly payments are OK

telecom | 08/13/2015 2:15 pm EDT

BCE Inc. says in a filing with the CRTC that it is not violating regulations by requiring customers to pay for various services by the month in advance and not providing partial refunds if subscriptions are ended before the...

Cord-cutting accelerated in first half of 2015: report

telecom | 08/12/2015 2:37 pm EDT

A report from Boon Dog Professional Services Inc. released Wednesday said Canada's publicly traded TV-service providers lost six times as many subscribers in the first half of 2015 than in the...

FCC approves AT&T, DirecTV merger

telecom | 07/24/2015 7:11 pm EDT

The FCC announced Friday it has approved the merger of AT&T and cable- and satellite-TV provider DirecTV. FCC said in a press release that the terms of the merger between the largest U.S. telephone and Internet service...

Wireless price hikes affecting other telecom spending: report

Media | 07/09/2015 8:55 pm EDT

“Sharp” price hikes in wireless service over the past year are prompting people to reduce how much they spend on other telecommunications services, according to a Conference Board of...

Bell overcharging departing customers, says Quebecor

telecom | 07/07/2015 4:04 pm EDT

Quebecor Inc. has filed an application asking the CRTC to force BCE Inc. to stop charging customers after the date they cancel telecommunications services. An application from Quebecor appearing on the CRTC website Monday said...

TV tangible-benefits spending up 27% last year: report

Media | 07/07/2015 2:32 pm EDT

Companies spent $138.7 million on TV-related tangible benefits in Canada in the 12 months ended Aug. 31 last year, marking a 27 per cent increase from a year earlier, according to TV-industry research...

Broadcaster challenges 2-year-old CRTC decision in court

Media | 07/03/2015 7:27 pm EDT

ADR.TV said Friday that it has applied to Federal Court for a judicial review of the CRTC's decision in August 2013 not to grant it mandatory carriage on basic TV packages in Quebec past Aug. 31 of this year. The channel said in a press release that it is a "public interest television network," providing police bulletins 24-hours-a-day on missing people and suspects at large. ADR, whose channel is known as Avis de recherche, said in the release that "evidence has been unearthed suggesting there was significant political pressure placed on CRTC commissioners to refuse...

CRTC approves 7 non-Canadian TV channels

Media | 06/26/2015 4:20 pm EDT

The CRTC on Friday granted approval for seven non-Canadian television channels to be distributed in Canada, six of which were sponsored by BCE Inc. The stations approved, which Bell Canada sponsored, included: Radio...

International Datacasting shareholders reject acquisition

Media | 06/16/2015 8:09 pm EDT

Shareholders of broadcasting-technology maker International Datacasting Corp. have rejected the proposed sale of its key assets to a San Diego-based company. International Datacasting,...

BDUs worried about wording in new cancellation regulation

Media | 06/15/2015 8:16 pm EDT

Canadian TV providers are worried the wording the CRTC proposed to prohibit policies requiring 30-day notice to cancel TV services could be interpreted to apply to the cancellation of individual...

‘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,...

Misgivings expressed over proposed TV-service code

Media | 05/26/2015 9:31 pm EDT

A number of Canadian broadcast distributors have taken issue with aspects of the CRTC’s proposed code governing the relationship between TV providers and their customers, including the requirement that distributors must notify customers when a channel changes its terms of service. In interventions that had to be filed by Monday, Telus Corp. called that notification proposal a “bizarre requirement,” adding that there is “no reciprocal requirement for channels to alert TVSPs [television service providers] of any programming changes.” “A TVSP has no control...

Stingray plans to raise $140M from IPO

Media | 05/26/2015 6:26 pm EDT

Stingray Digital Group Inc. announced Tuesday that its initial public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange will include 22.4 million voting shares for total proceeds of $140 million. Based on these prices, market capitalization...

CRTC consulting on 30-day notice ban for telecom services

telecom | 05/14/2015 8:15 pm EDT

The CRTC said Wednesday in a notice of consultation that it is looking for comments on its elimination of 30-day notice requirements for cancelling telecom services, which has been in effect since...

CRTC opens online discussion on TV code

Media | 05/12/2015 4:33 pm EDT

The CRTC said in a press release Tuesday it has opened an online discussion forum on a code of conduct for TV providers it proposed in March. At the time, the CRTC said the code would help better inform Canadians and help resolve...

Broadcasters, BDUs at odds over proposed wholesale code

Media | 05/08/2015 8:49 pm EDT

While many broadcasters and TV providers expressed support for the CRTC’s proposed changes to its wholesale code, which governs carriage agreements for TV channels, they took differing positions...

Government reducing rural satellite spectrum fees

telecom | 05/05/2015 4:05 pm EDT

Industry Canada said Tuesday that it is reducing licensing fees on spectrum for companies whose satellite technology provides telecommunications services to Canadians in rural or remote areas. The department said in a press...

Pay-per-view sports getting boost from boxing

Media | 04/30/2015 3:25 pm EDT

Despite streaming services eating away at the profits of pay-per-view movies and TV shows, TV providers could see their biggest PPV revenues in history on Saturday as two of boxing’s biggest names fight in front of a...

Nadir Mohamed to lead venture-capital fund

Media | 04/27/2015 7:24 pm EDT

Former Rogers Communications Inc. CEO Nadir Mohamed will lead a new venture-capital fund created by the Ontario government, the office of Premier Kathleen Wynne said on Monday. Mohamed will lead a council of about 30 business...

Bell to make targeted ad program ‘opt-in,’ PIAC still fighting it

Media | 04/13/2015 9:00 pm EDT

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre said it will not drop a CRTC complaint against BCE Inc.’s targeted ad program, despite the company’s plans to re-launch the program according to...

Report shows 95,000 TV cord-cutters last year

telecom | 04/13/2015 8:24 pm EDT

Convergence Consulting Group Ltd. says in a new report that Canada lost 95,000 TV subscribers in 2014, the second year of decline, while TV subscriber revenue continued to grow. A summary of the report posted to the Convergence website said TV providers saw subscription revenue of $9.1 billion in 2014, up two per cent from the previous year. The number of lost subscribers is above the 32,000 Convergence predicted in last year’s report. The company also re-stated the change in TV subscribers in 2013, from a previously reported gain of 2,000 to a decline of 13,000 in this year’s...