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DISTANT SIGNALS: Is $1.2 billion the right price for delivering Seattle to Toronto?
OTTAWA – The price of delivering Detroit to Vancouver, or Halifax to Hamilton, or any other distant TV signal to a market outside its territory will come under the microscope for the next two weeks at the Copyright Board of Canada. Read more

CTAM Broadcaster Forum: TV industry still deciding how to best to respond to skinny basic, pick-and-pay
TORONTO — Canadians still love their TV, love their cable packages, but they’re hungry for change, for flexibility, for a lower price, delegates of CTAM Canada’s packed Broadcaster Forum held last week in Toronto were told. Read more

UPDATED: Corus walks away from pay TV for $211 million; Bell signs new multiplatform deal with HBO, will take TMN national
MONTREAL and TORONTO – Bell Media will pay Corus Entertainment $211 million in order to gain national access to the pay-TV market. Read more

More Breaking Stories

Pentefountas taking on international role with Stingray
MONTREAL – Stingray Digital confirmed the rumours circulating in the industry by announcing it has hired former CRTC vice-chair broadcasting Tom Pentefountas as senior vice-president sales, EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) and Read more

Analysts say Corus-Bell deal positive, but for different reasons
TORONTO – Bell Media’s move to lock up HBO content and squeeze Corus out of the pay-TV market in Read more

MTS sells Allstream unit to Zayo for $465M
TORONTO and WINNIPEG – MTS has sold off its Allstream division to Colorado-based communications infrastructure service provider Zayo Group Holdings Inc. for $465 million in cash, the company Read more

Wind Mobile rewards customers for referrals
TORONTO – Wind Mobile is rewarding customers for spreading the word to their friends. Read more

Telcos, CRTC take on caller ID spoofing
OTTAWA-GATINEAU – Canadians tired of receiving telemarketing calls masquerading as legit are being asked to review and weigh in on the protection options currently offered by the telecommunications industry. Read more

Stingray completes “digital makeover” of Sports Experts locations
MONTREAL – Stingray has wrapped up its project of transforming two Sports Experts stores in Laval and Quebec City into what it describes as “hubs of digital innovations”. Read more

Fight Network, FNTSY Sports join Apple TV
TORONTO - Fight Network and FNTSY Sports Network have launched on the newly released fourth-generation Apple TV set-top box media player, said the channels' parent Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp. Read more

More than half of video ad campaigns now run cross-screen: Videology
TORONTO – Advertising campaigns with a mobile component have skyrocketed, while over half of video ad campaigns now run across multiple screens, according to new data by Videology. Read more

SaskTel doubles Internet speeds in 10 more communities
REGINA – SaskTel has announced plans to boost Internet speeds in ten more rural communities across the province. Read more

Rogers Media pays $200K for spamming violations
OTTAWA–GATINEAU – Rogers Media shelled out $200,000 as part of a settlement over alleged violations to Canada's anti-spam legislation, plus agreed to improve its internal spam compliance program, the CRTC said Friday. Read more

Fido home Internet rolls out in Ontario
TORONTO – Rogers has officially launched Fido’s first ever home Internet offering in parts of Ontario, as reported Read more

TV still tops with millennials around the world
TORONTO - Despite the popularity and hype around video services such as YouTube and Netflix, television remains the dominant form of video in millennials media lives, says the Television Bureau of Canada Read more

Graham named CTV’s acting Ottawa bureau chief as Fife departs
OTTAWA – CTV News has tapped Laurie Graham as its acting Ottawa bureau chief to replace current Ottawa bureau chief Robert Fife who is leaving for a role at the Globe and Mail. Read more

Sportsnet drafts Shulman for 30 Toronto Blue Jays games
TORONTO – Canadian sportscaster Dan Shulman is returning home to call select Toronto Blue Jays games on Sportsnet for the next two seasons. Read more

Telus tackles cyber threats with Zenedge partnership
VANCOUVER – Telus is investing in California-based cybersecurity firm Zenedge in an effort to enhance cloud-based cybersecurity services for its business customers. Read more

DHX Media finalizes seven broadcast, VOD deals for ‘Endangered Species’ series
HALIFAX - DHX Media has signed seven international distribution deals with broadcasters and video-on-demand services for its animated series Endangered Species. Read more

Blue Ant Media teams up with adRise to reach OTT consumers
TORONTO – Blue Ant Media has struck an advertising and content partnership with adRise that it says will add a connected TV offering to its advertisers. Read more

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