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Basic Service Review preview: Should broadband be basic? If so, at what speed? And, who should pay for it?
Hearing starts Monday TORONTO — CRTC commissioners have a lot of reading ahead of them, judging by the hundreds of submissions already made to the Commission’s review of basic telecommunications services, from industry players, Read more

PTiO: Your content is compelling? Great, but that’s not enough
Engaging fans everywhere is the new norm OTTAWA - In the digital environment where a multitude of video content is uploaded to a variety of new platforms every minute, content creators need to do more than just make interesting and Read more

PTiO: Vice Media's Purdy tells producers to go cannibalize themselves
OTTAWA – Middle-aged media execs are usually investors in Vice Media, not managers Read more

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PTiO: Discoverability starts with collaboration to target audiences
OTTAWA – Turns out it takes more than TV critics to get your series discovered these days amid the multitude of digital choice and platforms out there. Read more

TVA Group and Bell Media take action on signal piracy in Quebec
MONTREAL - Following a Quebec Superior Court order, police acting for Bell Media and TVA Group yesterday seized computer equipment at homes in LaSalle, Laval and Chicoutimi which helped run “La Griffe Sportive” a site which illegally offered Read more

PTiO: Why the future of TV is not ad-free – and will be mix of digital and conventional
OTTAWA - There can be little doubt that digital platforms and their subscription-based business models are having an impact on traditional television, but a group of Canadian media leaders argued that the future of TV is going to be a mix of Read more

PTiO: Why advertising must reflect the fluid nature of consumer viewing habits
OTTAWA – The days of a siloed approach to advertising in the digital and linear TV environments are coming to an end, according comments at a session on the evolution of advertising at the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) annual Read more

PTiO: Proximity to U.S. still a major advantage: Freemantle CEO
OTTAWA – Jens Richter, chief executive at FreemantleMedia International, had some advice for Canadian TV producers. Read more

Canadian Anglophones still bingeing as Netflix subscriptions top 47%: MTM
OTTAWA – Despite pressure from new competitors and online TV services, the majority of Anglophones still subscribe to television services, according to a new report from Media Technology Monitor (MTM). Read more

CRTC calls for licence renewal applications from big ownership groups
OTTAWA – The CRTC is asking for broadcast licence renewal applications from the country’s big English- and French-language ownership groups for their services that have licences set to expire in 2017. Read more

DHX Media licenses new Family Channel drama to Disney Channel
HALIFAX - Former Disney content owner DHX Media has sold some of its own content to Disney. Read more

Bell, IBM team up on new hybrid cloud capabilities
MONTREAL - Bell Business Markets and IBM have struck a new partnership that expands the cloud computing services available through Bell Business Cloud. Read more

PayPal cuts ties with Canadian Netflix-unblocking service
TORONTO - Online payment processor PayPal has yanked its service from a Canadian company that helps viewers north of the border to watch U.S. Read more

Broadcasting Accessibility Fund calls for letters of intent
OTTAWA - The Broadcasting Accessibility Fund has issued another call for letters of intent for those seeking financial support for initiatives that advance accessibility to broadcasting content for Canadians with disabilities. Read more

CTAM Canada expands membership to satellite and IPTV; unveils 2016 Board
TORONTO – CTAM Canada has tweaked its mission statement and membership rules to open the door to employees of satellite and IPTV companies operating in the CRTC-regulated television environment. Read more

CRTC sides with Bell over Avis de Recherche in distribution dispute
OTTAWA – French-language public safety channel Avis de recherche has lost a bid to continue to be distributed by Bell in Quebec. Read more

Restructuring costs eat in to Q4 results at MTS
WINNIPEG – After wrapping up the sale of its Toronto-based Allstream unit last month, MTS president and CEO Jay Forbes announced plans to use the sale Read more

Bouchard named CEO at TV5 Québec Canada
MONTREAL – Former Radio-Canada exec Marie-Philippe Bouchard has been named CEO at TV5 Québec Canada. Read more

AM900 CHML Hamilton makes the move to HD Radio
TORONTO – Corus Entertainment announced this week it launched another HD Radio station in Canada, talk station 900CHML Hamilton. Read more

Cogeco Connexion cuts 20 jobs
MONTREAL – Cogeco Connexion has eliminated 20 jobs from its operations in Ontario and Quebec as part of a restructuring initiative. Read more

CMPA tweaks name, offers new report to Canadian content creators
OTTAWA – The Prime Time in Ottawa got underway Thursday with news that the CMPA will now be known as the Canadian Media Producers Association, a brand that it says more accurately reflects its membership. Read more

Videotron offers select TSN content in 4K
MONTREAL – Videotron has become the next TV service provider to plug 4K content. Read more

Wind boosts network performance in Vancouver
VANCOUVER - Wind Mobile has wrapped up major upgrades to its network in the greater Vancouver area. Read more

Stingray sees Q3 profits leap 111%
MONTREAL – Acquisitions and international growth boosted third quarter revenues and profits at Stingray Digital Group, the company said Thursday. Read more

BCE Q4 revenues up, profits down
MONTREAL – Despite an uptick in fourth quarter revenues, BCE saw net earnings fall 8.5%, the company reported Thursday. Read more

CBC/Radio-Canada announces new strategy, public affairs director
TORONTO - CBC/Radio-Canada has named Alex Johnston as its new VP of strategy and public affairs (S&PA). Read more

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