A new category of ”hybrid” video-on-demand (VOD) services will be exempt from licensing. These hybrid services would be available both over the closed facilities of a broadcasting distribution undertaking (BDU), and also delivered and accessed over the Internet. Such VOD platforms would be able to offer exclusive content – just as exempt online-only services can do – as long as that content is available over the Internet to all Canadians without BDU subscriber authentication.
The CRTC has issued a call for comments on a revisions to the VOD exemption order and standard conditions of licence for VOD services. Comments are due April 27.
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