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ANALYSIS: How the FCC’s set top box rules can kill Canadian television
Without a major regulatory change, the traditional TV industry here faces a chilling future IF THE CRTC DOESN’T, at long last, review the 1999 Read more

COMMENTARY: The PM, The Hip, and the Broadcasting Act
OVER THE SUMMER, our shirt-challenged prime minister and national rock band reminded us that we stand unique in the world. As a country, we caught a glimpse of ourselves in the mirror. Read more

SKINNY BASIC HEARING: Bundling is not like a loyalty program, argues PIAC; Blais says "make my day"
Says BDUs fight comparison tools GATINEAU – That some broadcast distributors say their bundling programs are very much like loyalty points is wrong, the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) told the CRTC on the second Read more

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The CRTC is running low on commissioners
Time for government to speed up appointments GATINEAU – CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais quietly asked the federal government for help during last week’s public hearing into skinny basic cable and flexible channel packaging. Read more

Shoan can’t have his job back now, says Federal Court
OTTAWA – A Federal Court judge ruled against former Ontario CRTC commissioner Raj Shoan in dismissing a motion in which Shoan sought a stay in the Governor-in-Council’s June decision to remove him from his position, upon which we have Read more

Community groups ask Heritage Minister for Shoan’s reinstatement; question “systemic and overt racism” at CRTC
MONTREAL - Concerns over “allegations of systemic and overt racism” within the CRTC have prompted two community organizations to petition Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly to reinstate former Ontario CRTC commissioner Raj Shoan. Read more

Without true use cases, 5G still a long ways off, says research
LONDON – “Real” 5G is still at least four years away as service providers struggle to find convincing use cases, says a new report from IHS Markit. Read more

Telus powers free Wi-Fi on-the-go in Toronto's Co-op Cabs
TORONTO – Telus has joined forces with Toronto's Co-op Cabs to offer free Wi-Fi to passengers in the 6ix. Read more

BNN builds new real estate news show
TORONTO - Canada’s hot housing market is getting its own weekly news show on Business News Network (BNN). Read more

NABA, DPP unite on cyber security requirements
AMSTERDAM – With broadcasters now facing daily cyber assaults on their websites, the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) and the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) have teamed up to assist manufacturers and suppliers in developing Read more

Canadian satire site gets own fake news show on Comedy Network
TORONTO – Canadian satire site will bring its brand of mock news to Bell Media’s Comedy Network this November in a new TV series aptly called The Beaverton. Read more

Evertz sees Q1 revenues grow 3%; receives $13.5M order from U.S. client
BURLINGTON, ON - Evertz Technologies posted revenues of $87.0 million for its first quarter ended July 31, 2016, up 3% from the $84.9 million it posted in the first quarter of fiscal 2016. Read more

CTV Two Atlantic joins skinny basic in the east
OTTAWA - CTV Two Atlantic may now be included as part of the basic television service to subscribers in the Atlantic provinces. Read more

Investigation Discovery, Discovery Science free preview kicks off September 22
TORONTO – Bell Media’s Investigation Discovery (ID) and Discovery Science will both be opening up for a four week free preview September 22 through October 19. Read more

Groupe V Media’s new portal marries content from its three linear services
MONTREAL - Groupe V Media has launched a new web platform that brings the best in entertainment from its French-language networks V, MusiquePlus and Max together in a single place. Read more

Ross Video buys server, replay technology firm Abekas
AMSTERDAM – Ross Video has acquired California-based Abekas in a move that it says will add core video server technology, replay and profanity delay systems to their product portfolio. Read more

Family Channel stands up to bullying
TORONTO - Family Channel kicked off its 14th annual Bullying Awareness Week campaign this week with the message to Stand UP!, not stand by, when bullying happens. Read more

“Don’t sell our SaskTel” radio ads tell Premier Wall
REGINA - Telecommunication union Unifor is behind a series of radio ads airing across Saskatchewan that tell Premier Brad Wall to "back away from the phone" in his bid to sell SaskTel. Read more

Rogers NHL GameCentre Live adds World Cup of Hockey
TORONTO - Rogers NHL GameCentre Live is throwing in access to Sportsnet’s coverage of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey on desktop and mobile devices. Read more

Telus Health closes Nightingale acquisition
TORONTO - Telus Health has wrapped up its acquisition of Nightingale Informatix Corp.'s Canadian business operations, including its proprietary Electronic Medical Record (EMR) software and nearly 5,000 physician customers across Ontario, Western Read more

Primus starts afresh with new brand
TORONTO – Primus has unveiled a new corporate brand that it says reflects its "positive change and renewal” since the company was bought by Read more

CFL fields new fan-focused mobile app
TORONTO – The Canadian Football League (CFL) has launched a new version of its mobile app with features that include a 3D Game Tracker offering detailed game and player information. Read more

‘ET Canada’ offers Facebook users a daily dose of entertainment
TORONTO – Just in time for the Toronto International Film Festival, Corus’ Entertainment Tonight Canada is offering Facebook users a daily live entertainment news show through the Facebook Live streaming service. Read more

Eastlink teams up with Cisco for new all-in-one TV app
TORONTO and HALIFAX – In the race to keep its cable customers from defecting to over the top providers, Bragg Communications’ Eastlink has announced a new live TV and on demand streaming service easy enough to use that instructions have been Read more

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