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Altering the Acts: Netflix rebuffs the Canadian consensus
TWO WEEKS AFTER THE DEADLINE for filing comments with the Broadcast and Telecom Legislative Review panel – and on the eve of this week’s CMPA Prime Time conference in Ottawa, Netflix made its submission public. Read more

OTT and Cancon: What happens when we tumble down from the top of peak TV?
TORONTO – Over-the-top video providers like Netflix offer many benefits to countries outside the United States, but they are also a threat to film and TV makers, a digital media conference has been told. Read more

Altering the Acts: BTLR expert panel catches suggestions (some tenable, some not so much) on the CBC and local news
TORONTO – The CBC should be forced to track how it creates awareness of Canadian authors and their works, the federal panel looking at Canada's communications legislation has been told by a prominent publisher. Read more

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BlackBerry taps former Cisco exec Bryan Palma as president, COO
WATERLOO – Former Cisco exec and U.S. Read more

CTV, CTV2, TSN team up for “super simulcast” of Super Bowl LIII
TORONTO – While it still can’t simsub with the U.S. Read more

CMPA’s PTiO to stream four sessions Thursday
OTTAWA – Four sessions from the Canadian Media Producers Association’s Prime Time in Ottawa conference this week will be available for livestream. Read more

Global’s ‘The Morning Show’ grows to one-hour format
TORONTO - Global is expanding its daily national morning program The Morning Show from 30 minutes to one hour starting in March. Read more

Gusto TV to STIRR things up on new U.S. streamer
OTTAWA – Gusto TV has added another OTT deal to the mix after announcing plans to launch on STIRR, a free ad-supported U.S. Read more

Clyde Smith to receive 2019 NABA International Achievement Award
TORONTO - Fox Networks’ Clyde Smith will receive the 2019 NABA International Achievement Award at next month’s annual general meeting of the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA).  Read more

CRTC approves some, but not all, of new MCAA between carriers, Calgary
OTTAWA – The CRTC has waded in to an ongoing dispute between the city of Calgary and a group of big telco carriers over a municipal Read more

Feds invest $40M in Nokia for 5G research
KANATA, ON – The federal government is investing $40 million in the Canadian arm of Nokia to research and test its 5G wireless technology in Canada. Read more

Tbaytel launches FTTP in Dryden
DRYDEN, ON - Tbaytel Fibre is now available to customers in the community of Dryden, releasing the first three service areas in early January as part of its 2019 phased delivery plan. Read more

Two contenders vie to develop Telesat's global LEO satellite system
OTTAWA - The two teams contracted by Telesat last year to develop system designs for its global low earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation have successfully completed system requirements reviews, the global satellite operator said. Read more

Jeffrey Katzenberg to keynote Banff World Media Festival
TORONTO – Dreamworks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg is the first speaker announced as part of a new Banff Summit Series at this years’ Banff World Media Festival. Read more

Wireless growth, “good momentum” lifts Q4 profits at Rogers; revenue up 6%
CEO Natale says 2018 yielded “terrific results” TORONTO – Rogers credited growth in its wireless division – including 112,000 net additions - for gains in revenue and profits for the fourth quarter of 2018. Read more

Amazon Canada targets post-secondary students with new monthly offer
SEATTLE – Amazon Canada is rolling out a monthly membership option for students that includes a six month free trial to Amazon Prime Video. Read more

WFN rebrands to Sportsman Channel Canada
VANCOUVER – Sportsman Channel Canada has replaced World Fishing Network on TV lineups in Canada. Read more

Stressing Canadian roots, Rogers says it contributed $14B to Canadian economy in 2018
TORONTO – Waving the red and white flag, Rogers said Thursday that it contributed $14 billion to the Canadian economy last year, including $2.8 billion in infrastructure, and employed 26,000 Canadians. Read more

Bell Let’s Talk thanks supporters for fighting mental health stigma
MONTREAL - With just days to go before Bell Let's Talk Day on January 30, Bell issued a public thank you to the Canadian organizations supporting the initiative and promoting its messages around mental health. Read more


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