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COMMENTARY: If YouTube is “unlicensed”, the CRTC believes it can regulate the Internet, and that’s a bad idea
LEST YOU BE IN DOUBT that the CRTC believes it has authority over video delivered across the Internet, I refer you to the transcript of the hearing currently underway in Hull regarding the policy framework for local and community Read more

Local TV Day 6: Access programming shouldn’t take a financial hit in favour of local OTA stations
GATINEAU – The industry needs increased levels of funding for access programming said executives from MTS, who appeared before the CRTC’s local and community TV hearing on Monday. Read more

Local TV Day 5: New news fund should only be for new news - and not for VIs
GATINEAU – CBC told the CRTC on Friday that if it decides there should be a fund dedicated to supporting local news production in the Canada, then it should only open it to broadcasters which commit to produce additional news programming. Read more

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Local TV Day 4: Rogers proposes new funding approach, criticizes CACTUS and Bell models
GATINEAU – Many parties to the CRTC’s local and community TV consultation have proposed funding approaches (each with their own acronyms we’re having trouble keep track of) which could financially support these struggling services. Read more

DNCL registrations top 12.7M in 2014-15: report
OTTAWA – The CRTC’s National Do Not Call List continued to grow last year though Canadians lodged fewer complaints, according to the annual report released Read more

VOIS continues to violate legal, regulatory obligations: CCTS
OTTAWA - Alberta-based telecom service provider VOIS is continuing to ignore its obligations to its customers, the CRTC, and the Commissioner of Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS), says the CCTS. Read more

Rogers NHL GameCentre Live retools in wake of MLBAM deal
TORONTO - Rogers NHL GameCentre Live is offering hockey fans a redesigned user interface, an improved video experience, and personalization options that put the focus on the user’s favourite team. Read more

Corus Entertainment expands into live events
TORONTO – Corus Entertainment is getting into the live events business with the launch of Corus Live. Read more

CBC Radio’s ‘The Current’ now accessible to deaf, hard-of-hearing
TORONTO - CBC has unveiled a pilot project designed to make Canadian public radio available to the estimated 1-3 million deaf and hard-of-hearing Canadians. Read more

SaskTel's maxTV to offer live provincial curling championship coverage
REGINA – SaskTel maxTV customers will have the exclusive opportunity to watch free live coverage of the SaskTel Men’s Tankard semi-final and final this Sunday. Read more

DHX Media renames content-creation group
HALIFAX – DHX Media has rebranded its content-creation arm as DHX Studios. Read more

Heritage Minister Joly to speak at Prime Time in Ottawa conference
OTTAWA – New Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly will join next week’s Prime Time in Ottawa conference, organizers confirmed Friday. Read more

shomi now available to PlayStation4 users
TORONTO – Rogers and Shaw's streaming service shomi is now available on the PlayStation4 (PS4) system. Read more

Shareholders approve comScore-Rentrak merger
RESTON, VA and PORTLAND, OR - Measurement companies Rentrak and comScore announced Thursday that their respective shareholders have voted to approve the planned $779 million merger. Read more

ICTC teams up with Blippar to bring augmented reality to Canadian high schools
OTTAWA - The Information and Communication Technology Council (ICTC) is partnering with visual discovery browser and augmented reality app Blippar to help foster interactive learning in schools. Read more

Eastlink buys Lynx Network
CAMROSE, AB – Eastlink has bought independent telco Lynx Network, formerly Cable TV of Camrose. Read more

New Future of TV Coalition in U.S. fights AllVid proposal; pushes choice
WASHINGTON – A group of American programmers, content creators, civic groups and television providers have banded together to promote diverse, high quality programming, app-driven innovation, and consumer choice in video. Read more

Relaunched Yak mobile app offers prepaid, postpaid options
TORONTO - Globalive’s Yak Communications has relaunched its mobile app known as YApp Mobile, allowing customers to make and receive free local calls from anywhere using a Wi-Fi or data connection. Read more

Bell Let’s Talk Day sets new record with over 125M calls, texts, tweets, shares
MONTREAL - Bell will donate a further $6.3 million to Canadian mental health programs after Wednesday’s Bell Let’s Talk Day recorded nearly 126 million calls, tweets, texts and shares. Read more

Rogers Radio, Seneca College renew radio internship
TORONTO - Budding radio announcers will once again have the opportunity to gain experience on the airwaves through GenNOW, an internship program offered by Rogers Radio in partnership with Seneca College. Read more

Radio-Canada names Guy Gendron as new French Services ombudsman
OTTAWA – Radio Canada veteran Guy Gendron has been appointed CBC/Radio-Canada’s French Services ombudsman, effective March 8, 2016. Read more

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