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Canada’s CBC Launches Live TV Streaming Service

Canadian public broadcaster, CBC has launched an (Over-the-Top) OTT video service, that offers live content and other original series on digital devices. The service also comes in an ad-free version at $4.99 per month, to compete against Netflix and other streaming giants. AS reported by Hollywood Reporter, CBC Executive VP English Services, Heather Conway said, …

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Canada tops the Netflix binge-watching trend in the world

Canada has the largest share of ultra binge-watchers on Netflix anywhere in the world. They complete full seasons of TV shows within 24 hours of their release. Other countries in the race are US, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Germany, Mexico, Australia, Sweden, Brazil. Netflix calls these countries, “binge-racers.” Since 2012, 8.4 million Netflix members have watched …

Internet Bills To Rise As Cable TV Heads Into ‘Veritable Bloodbath’

Cord cutting, combined with more consumer-friendly rules from the CRTC, will send Canada’s telecoms into a TV-services “bloodbath” from which they will recover by raising prices for internet services, market observers say. The latest signs that cord-cutting is beginning to damage telcos’ bottom lines came this week with a new report showing that Canadians ditched …

Canadians eschew cable, satellite for Internet

A new report says more Canadians are choosing to cancel their cable TV and satellite packages and there’s no sign of the migration slowing down. The Convergence Consulting Group says about 95,000 fewer households had a cable TV or satellite subscription in 2014. That’s a dramatic increase in the number of people without TV cable packages. …

Cord Cutting Continues in Canada as Cable Companies Lose Thousands More Customers

Canada’s large cable and satellite providers have had another year of declining subscriber numbers. The seven largest cable, satellite and IPTV providers lost a total of over 24,000 subscribers between Aug. 31, 2013 and Aug. 31, 2014, according to disclosures filed to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and released last week. Only IPTV & VoD …

Canada Wants Cable-TV Bundle Model Dismantled by 2016

Like in the U.S., the Canadian cable industry is grappling with a shift to VoD platforms. Some customers are shutting off their traditional pay-TV services and watching video exclusively online – the so-called cord-cutters. Canada’s communications regulator will require cable companies to let customers choose the channels they want, one of the first countries in the …

CRTC levels playing field for VOD services

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 …

Canadian broadcast regulator relaxes local content broadcast rules

Canada’s broadcast regulator is relaxing the rules that govern the programming Canadian television stations can air in a bid to help them compete with the unlimited choice offered by online video. In a speech to Ottawa’s Canadian Club Thursday, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission chairman Jean-Pierre Blais announced several decisions that came out of a …

CAFDE reaches out to CRTC for helping foster growth of Feature Films in Canada by regulating OTT

The Canadian Association of Film Distributors and Exporters (CAFDE) and one of its members, Elevation Pictures, told a House of Commons committee Monday that there is a role for the CRTC to play to spur demand for Canadian feature films, possibly through a quota system imposed on broadcasters or by bringing so-called over-the-top (OTT) video …

1 in 10 English speaking Canadians now watch just web video, no TV at all

Nearly one in 10 anglophone Canadians say they no longer watch any TV shows the old-fashioned way and only stream or download content online, according to a new study. In a telephone poll with 4,002 Canadians conducted late last year on behalf of the Media Technology Monitor, nine per cent of the respondents said they had …

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