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Broadcasters to MPs: Let us "leap forward" and leave CRTC TV decisions alone
OTTAWA – While not mentioning the CRTC’s decision on programs of national interest (PNI) specifically, the three largest Canadian broadcasters have sent a letter to Canadian MPs (also printing it as a full page ad in the Parliament Hill Read more

SUPER BOWL SIMSUB BATTLE: Chorus of backers grows as Bell continues to appeal
MONTREAL — As Bell Canada continues its appeal of the CRTC’s simultaneous substitution (simsub) ban for Super Bowl games, its chorus of supporters is growing even louder. Read more

Groupe Média TFO developing blockchain royalty model for audiovisual content
TORONTO — In a first for Canada, Groupe Média TFO is looking to blockchain technology as a way to potentially transform how digital cultural productions are managed and rewarded financially. Read more

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Clearcable partners with Lambton College for video streaming research project
HAMILTON, ON — Telecom consulting firm Clearcable is partnering with Sarnia, Ont.’s Lambton College on a one-year research project that will use artificial intelligence to establish high-quality, live television streaming. Read more

Stingray revenues up, net income down in Q1 2018
MONTREAL — Stingray Digital Group reported an 18.9% increase in revenue for the first quarter of its 2018 fiscal year, achieving $29.2 million in revenues compared to $24.5 million in the same quarter last year. Read more

HbbTV Association releases latest test suite version
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — The HbbTV Association, a global initiative aimed at providing an open standard for the broadcast and broadband delivery of entertainment services through connected TVs, set-top boxes and multiscreen devices, announced the Read more

Most companies aren’t compliant with upcoming data protection regulations, says Veritas
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — A recent study from cloud data management expert Veritas Technologies has found that organizations around the globe mistakenly believe they are compliant with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Read more

Shaw completes ViaWest sale to Peak 10
CALGARY — Shaw Communications has completed the sale of its wholly owned ViaWest subsidiary to GI Partners portfolio company Peak 10 Holding Corporation for US$1.675 billion, the company announced on Aug. Read more

Advertising Standards Canada is now Ad Standards
TORONTO — Advertising Standards Canada will now be known as Ad Standards after refreshing its corporate identity in collaboration with branding expert Anderson DDB Health & Lifestyle. Read more

Lionsgate appoints new president of North American television distribution
SANTA MONICA, CA and VANCOUVER — Lionsgate has appointed Jared Goetz, a 22-year veteran of Walt Disney Company, to the newly created position of president of North American television distribution. Read more

Shaw’s “Make Your Mark Day” charity golf event is Sunday, August 6
CALGARY — Shaw Communications is teaming up with 20 Calgary-area golf courses to launch its first-ever Shaw Charity Classic Make Your Mark Day, benefiting the lives of children and youth across southern Alberta. Read more

Four hosts to fill Mansbridge’s shoes at The National
TORONTO — Faced with the daunting decision of how to replace The National’s recently retired, venerable host Peter Mansbridge, CBC News has opted to go with a four-host format as it prepares to reset and relaunch its nightly news Read more

TV still the greatest influencer of consumer purchasing: GfK study
NEW YORK — When it comes to consumers making purchasing decisions, television continues to have the greatest influence as a marketing platform when compared to all other media, according to a recent study from global market research firm Read more

Shaw WideOpen Internet 150 now offers unlimited data
CALGARY — Shaw Communications customers in western Canada can now wave goodbye to data caps as the company announced it is offering unlimited data to its WideOpen Internet 150 subscribers. Read more

Rogers improves wireless experience for SkyTrain commuters
VANCOUVER — Rogers and Fido customers commuting on Vancouver’s SkyTrain transit service are now enjoying improved wireless service along a stretch of the city’s Expo Line. Read more

The horror! Shudder Canada’s August lineup sure to thrill
TORONTO — Subscribers to Shudder Canada can get their fill of bone-chilling thrills in August with the lineup of films available this month from AMC Entertainment’s horror movie streaming service. Read more

Stingray expands in Asia-Pacific region, reaches 100K SVOD subscribers in N.A./Europe
MONTREAL — Multiplatform music and media solutions provider Stingray made a trio of announcements on July 31 that included two acquisitions in the Asia-Pacific region and news that its subscription video on demand (SVOD) services now exceed Read more

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