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Prime Time: Netflix in the crosshairs
OTTAWA – It was billed as the first time Canada’s key broadcasting leaders would debate the “critical issues at the heart” of the current review of the federal Broadcasting and Telecommunications acts. Read more

Prime Time: "No free rides" says heritage minister in his debut appearance
OTTAWA-Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism Minister Pablo Rodriguez’s first appearance at the annual Canadian Media Producers Association Prime Time national conference in the capital last Thursday was short – lasting 17 minutes – and Read more

Prime Time: Fox exec tells Cancon makers to tap global formats and partners to survive
OTTAWA – Fox Network Group’s Prentiss Fraser on Thursday told anxious producers looking for a map into the global content market they must seize on local formats which they can adapt beyond the Canadian market. Read more

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Prime Time: Why the web series is the new tv pilot (and stop calling it "new media")
Also, own your IP OTTAWA – As Netflix gobbled up most of the attention at Prime Time – roughly equal to the dominance it has gained over the wider Canadian TV market – conference delegates were also offered a panel on alternative Read more

Prime Time: Canadian producers are negotiating global distribution as streamers reshape everything
OTTAWA – As streaming giants continue to disrupt the traditional industry, a revealing exchange at the Canadian Media Producers Association’s Prime Time in Ottawa came Friday when, during a panel on negotiating today's deals, Noel Hedges, EVP Read more

Prime Time: How Netflix and YouTube could spell the death of mid-budget kids programming
OTTAWA – As talk of Canadian broadcasters battling Netflix and needing online scale dominated last week’s Prime Time conference, spare a thought for kids TV producers also struggling to reach audiences on tablets, smartphones and TV Read more

TekSavvy launches IPTV service in Chatham; more Ontario markets coming soon
CHATHAM, ON – TekSavvy has rolled out its new IPTV service, known as TekSavvy TV, in its home market in the Chatham-Kent region of Ontario. Read more

More time to comment on expanded production report from big ownership groups
OTTAWA – Stakeholders wishing to weigh in on the new production report set to replace the programs of national interest (PNI) report completed by the large English- and French-language ownership groups now have an extra month to prepare their Read more

B.C. telco taps Huawei for high speed Internet tests
VANCOUVER – Independent telecom provider ABC Communications is partnering with Huawei Canada in an effort to bring high speed Internet to customers in Lac La Hache, located in the Read more

Ericsson completes sale of MediaKind
STOCKHOLM – Ericsson has closed the sale of the majority stake of its MediaKind business to private equity firm One Equity Partners, a year after it first Read more

CTV, NBCUniversal International Studios partner on medical drama
OTTAWA – CTV and NBCUniversal International Studios are teaming up on a new prime time medical drama billed as a modern immigrant story wrapped in a medical procedural. Read more

Bell Media's Harold Greenberg Fund offers script development support for 33 Canadian film projects
TORONTO - Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund will support 33 Canadian film projects through its Script Development Program, representing an investment of almost $500,000. Read more

Nelvana strikes distribution deals for preschool series ‘Esme & Roy’
TORONTO - Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana has inked new international distribution deals for its original animated series Esme & Roy. Read more

Blue Ant’s gaming channel Arcade Cloud launches on iflix
SINGAPORE – Blue Ant Media’s animated and live action gaming channel Arcade Cloud has launched on iflix and Read more

Access expands to more than 235 Saskatchewan communities in its 40th year
Nabs naming rights for Gallagher Centre water park REGINA – Access Communications continued to grow last year and now serves over 235 communities and 160,000 square km of rural areas across Saskatchewan, the Co-operative announced at Read more

Videotron renews collective agreements with unionized employees
MONTREAL - Videotron said Friday that its unionized employees in eastern Quebec and Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean have approved in principle agreements that would renew their collective agreements through December 31, 2020. Read more

Bell Let's Talk day breaks another record after earning over $7.2 million
Social media interactions climb 13% MONTREAL - It was another Bell Let's Talk Day for the record books as people across Canada and beyond talked, texted and engaged across social media in the mental health conversation. Read more

CRTC asks for more details on Telus, Iristel squabble
OTTAWA – The CRTC needs more information from Iristel and Telus as it inches towards a final ruling in the dispute between the two telcos over failed calls to the North. Read more

Loon designing network operating system for Telesat’s LEO satellite system
OTTAWA - Telesat has tapped Alphabet subsidiary Loon to design the network operating system for its global low earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation. Read more

SaskTel rolls out maxTV Stream to 22 more communities
REGINA - SaskTel is bringing its maxTV Stream IPTV platform to 22 more rural communities. Read more

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