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Canadians using multiple devices, but adoption leveling off: MTM

Media | 06/08/2018 6:29 pm EDT

According to the latest data from CBC/Radio-Canada’s Media Technology Monitoring (MTM) project, 35 per cent of English-speaking internet users in Canada continue to own four types of electronic device: computers, smartphones, tablets and internet-connected televisions. This number has not changed from the survey conducted in 2016, indicating that “[f]uture growth may be stifled as the penetration of smartphones and tablets approaches maturity,” according to the report. Another 35 per cent own three of the four devices. The data revealed that a subscription to Netflix Inc.’s...

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...

Bell, Telus projects get go-ahead in superclusters announcement

telecom | 02/16/2018 2:24 pm EST

OTTAWA — Two “superclusters” involving BCE Inc. and Telus Corp. are...

Canadian ‘tale of two internets,’ as 25% get online wirelessly: Deloitte

Media | 12/12/2017 6:39 pm EST

The number of Canadians who get their internet access wirelessly — either...

Amazon releases online video production suite

Media | 11/27/2017 6:49 pm EST

Amazon.com Inc. announced multiple pieces of Amazon Web Service-based (AWS) video publishing software,...

Mobile video viewing at 70%: Ericsson report

Media | 10/12/2017 1:27 pm EDT

Today, approximately 70 per cent of consumers watch TV and video content on their smartphone devices, double the number from 2012, according to the eighth edition of Ericsson AB’s annual ConsumerLab TV and Media report. The...

Joly heading cultural trade mission to China in 2018

Media | 10/05/2017 6:36 pm EDT

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has announced plans to lead her first “creative industries trade mission” to Shanghai, China in April 2018. The mission will focus on film, gaming, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), performance art and museums, according to a press release. The release added the mission would focus on the creation of partnerships and business-to-business relationships, as part of an effort to promote “the discovery and distribution of Canadian creative content in global markets.” The initiative aims to expand the Canadian media industry access to the large...

VR data consumption to skyrocket: Juniper

Media | 08/25/2017 3:23 pm EDT

Global wireless data consumption through virtual reality (VR) content will grow ten-fold over the next...

CMF, Germany partner for coproduction fund

Media | 08/23/2017 5:53 pm EDT

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and a German film funding and media business development body are setting up...

Samsung, MLB team up for VR content

Media | 07/13/2017 1:19 pm EDT

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. will offer up virtual reality (VR) videos as part of an ongoing partnership...

Bell to broadcast VR concert footage

Media | 07/07/2017 5:03 pm EDT

BCE Inc.’s media subsidiary said in a press release Friday that Bell will broadcast part of a concert...

Financing, consumer adoption obstacles to VR: study

Media | 06/29/2017 12:42 pm EDT

A new report indicates that the number of companies operating in the virtual reality space in Canada has grown quickly in the past few years, though they say obstacles to their success include consumer adoption, financing and the...

VR users say it will change everyday activities: report

Media | 06/21/2017 5:09 pm EDT

Early adopters of virtual reality (VR) technology believe VR is poised to change pastimes like social networking and video viewing, though issues...

Canadian Film Centre, Bell Media team up for VR, AR project

Media | 06/07/2017 3:04 pm EDT

The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) and BCE Inc.’s media division have teamed up to develop virtual and augmented reality projects, the duo said in a Wednesday press release. "We're very excited to...

Two per cent of Canadians have a VR headset: MTM

Media | 05/17/2017 3:13 pm EDT

While about a tenth of Canadians have used a virtual reality (VR) headset, only about two per cent of them actually own one, according to a new Media Technology Monitor...

Canada’s VR industry is nascent, but set for growth

Media | 03/31/2017 8:57 pm EDT

Though virtual reality is still in its early days, it holds promise for Canada’s media industry — including for broadcasters as a new way to draw eyes to live events, such as sports, according to Nordicity’s Kristian Roberts. For example, it could be used to allow a viewer to watch the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup finals from some of the best seats in the house, he suggested. “That’s a better experience than watching it on TV, and you get that immersive experience,” Roberts, a partner at Nordicity’s Toronto office, said in a...

Quebec union ‘disappointed’ budgets didn’t address taxation imbalance

Media | 03/29/2017 8:58 pm EDT

A Quebec union representing communications sector employees said it is disappointed with both the federal and provincial budgets, saying that in “both cases, no action has been taken to counter...

Ontario interactive media companies set to expand: report

Media | 02/15/2017 8:22 pm EST

Interactive digital media companies in Ontario are set for “significant growth” within the next two years, according to a report commissioned by industry trade association Interactive...

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...

News, video games, VR should be eligible for CanCon funding: Rogers

Media | 11/28/2016 10:27 pm EST

Rogers Communications Inc. is proposing a tax credit-based federal program to support Canadian content of all types and on all platforms. In a submission to the Heritage Minister Mélanie...

Demand for faster upload speeds growing: analysts

Media | 09/14/2016 9:20 pm EDT

The need for upload speed is growing among Canadian consumers and businesses, though it’s too early to tell whether there’s real demand for symmetrical Internet plans that some companies have begun offering, according to analysts. During the annual BMO Capital Markets’ media and telecom investor’s conference, Telus Corp. said that it has separated itself from the pack by offering symmetrical Internet, or plans where upload speeds are identical to download speeds. “Upload speed is actually critically becoming more and more important whether you want to...

CBC’s Olympics coverage to include virtual reality

Media | 04/28/2016 8:43 pm EDT

CBC/Radio-Canada’s coverage of the summer Olympics in Brazil will incorporate some virtual reality content. The broadcaster said in a press release Wednesday that “it will provide viewers with both...

What inroads will virtual reality make in TV, communications?

Media | 03/29/2016 9:37 pm EDT

This week is a long-awaited one for virtual reality enthusiasts, as Facebook Inc. starts to ship its Oculus Rift headset to people who pre-ordered their $599 US devices as far in advance as early...