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CES 2017: How Nissan aims to rapidly accelerate driverless car deployment
What then happens to passive radio consumption if everyone’s a passenger? LAS VEGAS – The disruptive triangle of autonomous drive technologies, electric vehicles and connected cars means we will see more changes in the next 10 years Read more

Xplornet buys YourLink Saskatchewan for $28.7M
VICTORIA, BC and WOODSTOCK, NB - Xplornet Communications has acquired YourLink’s Internet services operations in Saskatchewan from Vecima Networks in an all-cash deal valued at $28.75 Read more

Jay Thomson tapped as new CEO of CCSA
QUISPAMSIS, NB – Canadian Cable Systems Alliance has named industry veteran Jay Thomson as its new CEO, effective February 1, 2017. Read more

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CES 2017: Why voice control is the next big thing
LAS VEGAS – It’s taken nearly 30 years of development but artificial intelligence (AI), in the form of voice-enabled digital assistants, are poised to be the talk of the town when CES opens on Wednesday. Read more

CES 2017: 5G will change everything, says Qualcomm CEO
LAS VEGAS – 5G won’t just be an incremental improvement over 4G but will have a profound impact on everything from appliances and autonomous vehicles to drones, health care, and wearables. Read more

CES 2017: Can Intel make consumers feel the need for virtual reality?
LAS VEGAS – At last year’s Consumer Electronics Show there was a real buzz when long anticipated virtual reality headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive were finally announced (and then released in March and April respectfully). Read more

CES 2017: Cisco's new test lab promises to define the future of video
LAS VEGAS – Cisco says millennials now watch 70% of TV online, and consume twice as much mobile video as older demographics and its Visual Read more

ITPA now national voice of independent SILECs after Quebec expansion
NEWMARKET, ON - The Independent Telecommunications Providers Association (ITPA) has pledged to “speak with one voice” after expanding in to Quebec. Read more

Twitter to live-stream PGA Tour events
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - Twitter is teaming up with the PGA Tour to live stream more than 70 hours of competition coverage across 31 tournaments through the remainder of the 2016-17 season. Read more

Edmonton to receive two new radio stations
OTTAWA – Edmonton listeners will soon have a pair of new radio stations after the CRTC approved applications for an ethnic commercial AM radio station and a French-language station in that market. Read more

CES 2017: New Galaxy phone and "quantum dot" QLED TVs from Samsung
LAS VEGAS – Samsung is betting its new QLED 4K smart TVs that utilize "metal quantum dot material," will give consumers pause when they’re in the market for an OLED TV from LG or Sony. Read more

CES 2017: Nvidia’s games for homes; How gaming will deliver artificial intelligence
LAS VEGAS – Gaming is poised to get a lot bigger if gaming chipmaker Nvidia’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has his way. Read more

CES 2017: What’s for dinner? Ask the fridge
LAS VEGAS - LG Electronics really wants your fridge to become the hub of your smart home and its newest flagship Smart InstaView model now features Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service which is powered by LG’s own webOS smart platform. Read more

11.1 million Canadians catch World Juniors’ Canada/USA final
TORONTO – The Gold Medal game at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship on January 5 was watched by more than 30% of Canadians on TSN and RDS. Read more

Rogers names Sportsnet Canada's top sports media brand for second year in a row
TORONTO – An uptick in Sportsnet’s television, radio and digital audiences make 2016 as the best year in the brand's history, Rogers said Friday. Read more

‘Bill shock’ continues to plague Canadian wireless customers: CRTC
OTTAWA – While Canadians complained less frequently about their wireless services last year, data overage fees and international roaming charges continue to cause bill shock for many, according to the CRTC. Read more

DHX Media’s Wildbrain to manage Turner Kids channels on YouTube for EMEA, Latin America
LONDON – DHX Media’s online kids network WildBrain has finalized a deal with Turner International to manage a number of Turner Kids’ YouTube channels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Latin America. Read more

Anthem Sports & Entertainment takes control of Impact Wrestling; launches Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions
TORONTO - Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a majority interest in TNA Impact Wrestling, and has subsequently formed Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions, LLC. Read more

Family Channel’s ‘Degrassi: Next Class’ returns for third season January 9
TORONTO - Family Channel will premiere the third season of its popular drama Degrassi: Next Class on January 9 at 10:00 PM ET/PT in its teen programming block F2N, the broadcaster said Thursday. Read more

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

SCTE/ISBE seeks papers, technical presentations, for Cable-Tec Expo 2017
EXTON, PA - The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), along with its global brand, the International Society of Broadband Experts (ISBE), is calling for papers and presentations for technical sessions to be conducted during Read more

CES 2017: Picture perfect – LG expands OLED and UHD TV lineup
LAS VEGAS - LG Electronics newest OLED TVs serve a dual purpose as both a smart TV and one that, due to its amazing thinness, could lead guests to be believe you just added a new window. Read more

CES 2017: BlackBerry revs up new OS for autonomous drive and connected cars
LAS VEGAS – BlackBerry unveiled what it says is its most advanced and secure embedded operating system for the automotive industry Wednesday at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show. Read more

You.i TV brings Cartoon Network’s app to Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV
OTTAWA - You.i TV has adapted Turner’s Cartoon Network’s Emmy Award-winning app for Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV to offer new levels of personalization and navigation functionality. Read more

Theresa Tova named ACTRA Toronto president
TORONTO - Award-winning actor, writer and singer Theresa Tova has been elected as the new president of ACTRA Toronto, succeeding David Sparrow. Read more

TVO celebrates 150 years of Ontario's, Canada's stories
TORONTO - TVO is marking Ontario's and Canada's 150th anniversary this year with educational content designed to engage Ontarians in a discussion about what it means to be an Ontarian and a Canadian. Read more

Greet the New Year with Gusto
TORONTO – Bell Media’s Gusto is helping viewers kick off 2017 on the right foot with a new programming schedule that includes a selection of motivational, healthy-living series. Read more

New acquisition makes Stingray largest provider of televised classical music
MONTREAL - Stingray Digital Group is boosting its classical music content with the acquisition of Classica, an international pay TV channel offering concerts, operas and ballets. Read more

ECG's Filipino TV undergoes refresh to include more local programming
MARKHAM, ON - Ethnic Channels Group Limited (ECG) is overhauling its Filipino TV (FTV) service to include more locally produced content, the media company said Tuesday. Read more

Hollywood Suite to screen masterpieces from Janus Films and The Criterion Collection
TORONTO – Hollywood Suite is promising film buffs access to a curated list of classic and contemporary films from the renowned Janus Films and The Criterion Collection. Read more

CRTC’s Universal Service Objective must include improved backbone transport, open gateway facilities: SSi
YELLOWKNIFE – Count SSi Micro amongst those stakeholders throwing their support behind the CRTC’s recent Read more

RTNDA Canada updates membership categories, expands awards program, as it preps for "many challenges" in 2017
TORONTO - RTDNA Canada will expand its awards program in 2017 in recognition of the growing importance of digital, adding more network categories and awards for live Read more

SUPER BOWL SIMSUB BATTLE: Less than six weeks before kick off, Bell, NFL re-file appeals
NFL "confident" that Feds will act "reasonably and responsibly" TORONTO – Bell Media and the NFL filed their latest notices of appeal Wednesday, seeking once again to quash the CRTC’s controversial decision banning simultaneous Read more

Iristel says CRTC's $750M broadband fund should reward innovation, not just "doled out to the same old players"
MARKHAM, ON – While applauding the CRTC’s decision designating broadband access as a basic telecommunications service, Iristel wants the new $750M broadband fund awarded to “companies committed to competition”. Read more

Showcase launches new short-form VR thriller
TORONTO - Showcase has unveiled its new hybrid virtual reality scripted web series, Halcyon, available now in Canada exclusively on Read more

TSN drafts World Junior sponsors
TORONTO - With just days until puck drop on the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship, TSN announced its lineup of broadcast sponsors for its coverage. Read more

TNA Impact Wrestling app debuts in U.K., Ireland
TORONTO – Wrestling fans in the U.K. and Ireland will now be able to catch big events in real time via the new TNA Impact Wrestling app. Read more

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