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3500 MHz consult: Mid-band spectrum – the best for everything?
OTTAWA –The responses filed to ISED’s consultations on the 3500 MHz and 3800 MHz band pit incumbent fixed wireless service providers against mobile operators eager to deploy 5G services. Read more

TekSavvy, Chatham-Kent, spending $32.5 million on new fibre net
CHATHAM, Ont. – TekSavvy and the municipality of Chatham-Kent, Ontario announced today a joint effort to build a high-speed, open access fibre broadband network in the Southwestern Ontario region. Read more

Roku launches ad-supported OTT channel in Canada; a new way for Canadian broadcasters to go direct-to-consumer
A new way for Canadian broadcasters to go direct-to-consumer TORONTO - Roku is moving into ad-supported streaming in a big way with the launch today of The Roku Channel in Canada. Read more

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Telesat’s new Telstar 19 Vantage satellite launches; should enter commercial service soon
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – Telesat confirmed the successful launch of its new Telstar 19 Vantage high throughput satellite (HTS) Sunday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Read more

Freedom Mobile serves up new low-cost data plans - topping Big Three's mandated skinny wireless
Plan savings require pre-authorized payments CALGARY – With an eye on the upcoming back-to-school period, Shaw’s Freedom Mobile rolled out two cheaper entry-level data plans Thursday. Read more

Rogers’ wireless division - including 122,000 new postpaid wireless subs - drive “strong” Q2
TORONTO – “Exceptional” results at Rogers Communications’ wireless division helped to boost revenues and profits during its second quarter, the company said Thursday. Read more

Bell’s Lucky Mobile now available in all 10 provinces
MONTREAL - New low-cost prepaid wireless service Lucky Mobile is now available to residents of Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, parent Bell said Monday. Read more

Verizon, Ericsson expand 4G LTE partnership, prep for 5G launch
ERICSSON SAID MONDAY that it has increased its U.S. Read more

DHX Media wraps up sale of Peanuts’ stake to Sony
HALIFAX – DHX Media said Monday that it has closed its sale of a minority stake in the Peanuts brand to Sony Music Entertainment Japan (SMEJ) for C$235.6 million in cash. Read more

CMF awards $9.5M to 12 digital media projects; renews co-development/co-production deal with Germany
TORONTO - The Canada Media Fund has awarded $9.5 million in funding to 12 digital media projects as part of the first round of production support from its 2018-2019 Experimental Stream’s Innovation Program. Read more

Sportsnet’s Vancouver radio station doubles down on hockey content
VANCOUVER – Sportsnet’s Vancouver-based all-sports radio station has picked up the exclusive radio rights to the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League (WHL). Read more

CMF to stage national consultations to help determine policy, programs
TORONTO - The Canada Media Fund (CMF) is gearing up for a series of cross-country consultations this fall to gather feedback from stakeholders that it will use to help to shape its policy and future programs. Read more

Collective agreement discussions between Shaw Cable, union, bog down
BURNABY, BC – Negotiations on a new collective agreement between Shaw Cable and the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1944 appear to have hit a snag. Read more

Smart TVs now 70% of global TV shipments, thanks to streaming, price cuts
NEW YORK – Digital voice assistants coupled with an increase in video streaming will help spur demand for smart TVs worldwide, says new data from research firm IHS Markit. Read more

DHX Media taps new managing director for WildBrain
HALIFAX – DHX Media has named Jon Gisby as managing director of WildBrain, its digital kids’ network and studio, located in London, UK. Read more

OAB Connection 2018 set for November 8
TORONTO - Save the date for the Ontario Association of Broadcasters (OAB)’s fall conference Connection 2018. Read more

All five Discovery brands come together in new “super-hub”
TORONTO – Bell Media’s Discovery has overhauled its website into a “super-hub” for all five of the network’s brands: Discovery, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Discovery Velocity, and Discovery Science. Read more

DHX Media’s new ‘Mega Man’ series set to debut first in the U.S., hit Family Channel in fall
HALIFAX – DHX Media is readying a new animated series based on the Capcom Mega Man video game franchise that will blast on to screens in Canada and the U.S. this year. Read more

Adara boosts U.S. sales force amidst demand for SIPV
TORONTO - Adara Technologies has tripled its sales force in the U.S. Read more

Lindsay Broadband adds new Canadian sales director
PETERBOROUGH, ON - Lindsay Broadband has named Victor Suprani as national sales director for Canada. Read more

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