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CES 2016: Global sales of tech products fell 8% in 2015; IoT to lead growth
LAS VEGAS - Worldwide spending on consumer electronics will continue to slow in 2016 due to a variety of factors including China’s economic slowdown says researchers from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). Read more

LET'S TALK TV: CRTC to release TV code of conduct this week
GATINEAU – The new TV providers Code of Conduct, an idea which came out of the CRTC's Let's Talk TV Policy Review will be announced this week, the Regulator has announced. Read more

CORRECTED: TekSavvy fails to halt coax removal, or gain broader access to Rogers’ fibre in Toronto neighbourhood
TORONTO – The CRTC has rebuffed an attempt by TekSavvy Solutions to stop Rogers Communications from removing a coax cable network in a Toronto townhouse complex. Read more

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CES 2016: UHD Alliance unveils specs for “premium” Ultra HD devices and content
LAS VEGAS – In an attempt to avoid the format fiasco that hobbled the launch of Blu-ray/HD DVD, an inter-industry group has unveiled a “Ultra HD Premium” logo and agreed upon specifications it hopes will avoid confusion among Read more

Bell Let’s Talk Day set for January 27
MONTREAL - The sixth annual Bell Let's Talk Day will take place on January 27, 2016, Bell confirmed Monday. Read more

QNX, Ford drive industry standard for connected cars
OTTAWA – BlackBerry subsidiary QNX Software Systems is teaming up with Ford on open source SmartDeviceLink (SDL) technology designed to bring an intuitive and fully integrated app experience to the car. Read more

Telus to rebate wireless customers $7.3M for unwanted premium text charges
OTTAWA - Telus is the second big wireless provider to reach an agreement with the Competition Bureau to credit or refund its customers who were charged for premium text messages that they had been led to believe were free. Read more

SCTE Ontario unveils 2015 Board of Directors
BRAMPTON – Cogeco Cable’s Ron Huinink has been elected president of SCTE Ontario Chapter board for 2015. Read more

ACTRA says ‘yes’ to new independent production deal
TORONTO - An overwhelming number of Canadian performers have voted in favour of ratifying their new Independent Production Agreement (IPA) governing English-language production in Canada. Read more

Global TV tests new digital comedy starring Howie Mandel
TORONTO – Global TV is testing the waters with a pilot based on the real life relationship between Canadian actor, television host, and executive producer Howie Mandel and his millennial YouTube personality son Alex Mandel. Read more

New bird designed to expand Telesat’s capacity over Asia
OTTAWA – Telesat has procured a new spacecraft called Telstar 18 Vantage that is expected to be in service in the first half of 2018. Read more

Pelmorex founder Morrissette acquires full control of weather company
OAKVILLE, ON - The holding company of Pelmorex founder and CEO Pierre Morrissette has bought the 49% stake in Pelmorex Media Inc. Read more

Consumer groups urge Cabinet to reject Bell’s appeal of fibre decision
OTTAWA – Add the Consumer Choice Coalition to the list of stakeholders firmly opposed to Bell Canada’s appeal of the Read more

Telus CEO buys $10M in company shares
VANCOUVER – Telus president and CEO Darren Entwistle has bought up a sizeable chunk of the company’s common shares in what can only be seen as a clear vote of confidence in its future. Read more

CRTC calls for new radio station applications to serve Edmonton
OTTAWA - The CRTC has issued a call for radio applications to serve the Edmonton market after determining that the area can sustain an additional commercial station. Read more

SaskTel partnership brings wireless service to two more northern communities
REGINA - The new cellular towers serving the communities of Stony Rapids and Black Lake are fully operational and residents can now sign up for SaskTel’s wireless service. Read more

Community Media Convergence announces community media winners
OTTAWA - Five winners took home awards in eight categories at Canada's first community multimedia festival celebrating community media in the digital environment. Read more

CBC’s first Format Incubator pilot seeks to define “average Canadian family”
TORONTO – CBC and distributor Banijay International have selected the first original Canadian television format under their nascent Read more

TreehouseGo offers holiday sneak peek of two new preschool series
TORONTO - Corus Entertainment’s Treehouse will premiere preschool series Clangers and Hey Duggee on the TreehouseGo app on December 25, leading up to the premieres on the Treehouse TV channel in January. Read more

Registration opens for 2016 Canadian Telecom Summit
TORONTO – Registration is now open for the 2016 version of the Canadian Telecom Summit, scheduled for June 6 - 8, 2016 at the Toronto Congress Centre in Toronto. Read more

Prime Time in Ottawa tables ‘Breakfast With’ feature
OTTAWA - Prime Time in Ottawa is serving up an opportunity for attendees to dine with top industry executives. Read more

iConcerts acquisition makes Stingray world’s largest broadcaster of televised live music concerts
MONTREAL - Stingray Digital Group is continuing its international buying spree after announcing plans late Thursday to buy Swiss-based iConcerts. Read more

Bell Media shakes up sales team
TORONTO – Bell Media sales has added two new vice-presidents and shifted Debbie Drutz (pictured) to the new role of VP of client strategy. Read more

Shaw Go WiFi access available to Vancouver SeaBus commuters
VANCOUVER – Shaw Communications has finalized a new a new partnership with TransLink to provide WiFi connectivity to its SeaBus ferry route in Metro Vancouver. Read more

CTAM 2016 President's Reception set for January 27
TORONTO - CTAM Canada invites members to save January 27 for its 2016 President's Reception. Read more

Eastlink taps Ericsson for wireless network expansion
TORONTO and HALIFAX - Ericsson has announced plans to expand and upgrade Eastlink’s LTE and HSPA networks after the two companies agreed to extend their current agreement for an additional three years. Read more

Bell Media campaign transports Canadians to a galaxy far, far away
TORONTO - Bell Media is collaborating with Walt Disney Studios Canada on a targeted promotional campaign to support the premiere of Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Read more

CBC names Ho head of CBC Fullscreen Creator Network
TORONTO – CBC has promoted Abby Ho to senior producer, head of the new CBC Fullscreen Creator Network. Read more

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