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Rogers and Bell jockey for position in 4KTV race
TORONTO — The race to deliver live 4K sports events to TV customers in Canada heated up significantly in the last week, with Rogers slightly ahead of Bell at achieving major firsts in the industry. Read more

Vidéotron battling many at CRTC over Unlimited Music
GATINEAU – Four and a half months after Vidéotron announced it would exempt certain music Read more

Do Shaw’s recent moves mean vertical integration benefits have vanished?
TORONTO — Although the proposed sale of Shaw Media to Corus Entertainment was top of mind for financial analysts Thursday afternoon, Wind Mobile and FreeRange TV was a big deal, too Read more

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No early conversion for Bell Media specialty channels, says CRTC
OTTAWA – The CRTC has turned down a request by Bell Media seeking to convert eight of its specialty channels from Category A services into Category B services. Read more

Police demanding “tower dumps” of data from cellcos is far too broad, says judge
TORONTO - Police in Ontario will have to be careful when they ask a judge to order cellular carriers to hand over data records of phones that use particular cell towers in the province, a judge has ruled. Read more

Growth slows in global set-top box shipments in 2015: SNL Kagan
MONTEREY, CA - Global set-top box (STB) shipments maintained elevated levels in 2015, buoyed by demand in emerging market such as China and India, says a new SNL Kagan report. Read more

Tell us about your broadband service, asks the CRTC
GATINEAU – The CRTC wants to hear which telecom services that Canadians consider necessary, what they rely on most, and whether the cost of those services should be standardized across the country. Read more

Stream On! CraveTV debuts to national audience
TORONTO – Bell Media’s television streaming service CraveTV is now officially available to all Canadian Internet users, whether or not they have a paid subscription to a TV service provider. Read more

SOCAN credits Canadian music creators for record revenue
TORONTO - Canada emerged as an even greater powerhouse of songwriting, composing and music publishing on a global level in 2015 with domestic and international creative success on virtually every level, according to the Society of Composers, Read more

Bell’s new 4K PVR on sale to select Fibe TV customers
MONTREAL – Days before Bell-owned TSN’s first live 4K broadcast, Bell has begun selling its new 4K Whole Home PVR to Fibe TV customers in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec City. Read more

Blue Ant International sells over 45 hours of content prior to NATPE Miami
TORONTO - Blue Ant International has sold more than 45 hours of content from its catalogue of factual, nature and wildlife, lifestyle, and documentary series and formats to channels across Latin American markets. Read more

Register now for Advertising and Marketing Week 2016
TORONTO – There’s still time to register for FFWD: Advertising and Marketing Week 2016 which will take place January 25 – 29, 2016 in Toronto. Read more

Bell Let’s Talk, Northwestel help bring Friends to Yukon
WHITEHORSE – Northwestel, Bell Let’s Talk and The Government of Yukon are contributing $500,000 to support the launch of the Friends cognitive behaviour group-based intervention program throughout the territory. Read more

Subscriber growth boosts Q1 profits 25.6% at SiriusXM Canada
TORONTO - SiriusXM Canada credited subscriber growth for increases in first quarter revenues and profits. Read more

MTS completes $465M sale of Allstream to Zayo
TORONTO and WINNIPEG – MTS said Friday that it has finalized the sale of Allstream to Zayo Group Canada Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Colorado-based communications infrastructure service provider Zayo Read more

Stingray Music brings its Vibes to Latin America, Caribbean
MONTREAL - Stingray Digital Group has introduced its Vibes channels to the Latin American and Caribbean markets. Read more

PM talks mental health on CTV’s ‘The Social’
TORONTO - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dropped by Bell Media's Toronto headquarters Thursday to tape a special episode of CTV's The Social that will air later this month Read more

Netflix prepares to stop content at the border
LOS GATOS, CA - Netflix has announced plans to crack down on viewers using virtual private networks and proxy services to stream content not available in their country. Read more

OBITUARY: Community TV pioneer Wendell Ellis
SUMMERSIDE, PEI – Long-time community television producer and personality Wendell Ellis will be laid to rest Saturday after his passing on January 11, 2016. Read more

The Movie Network inks national licensing agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution
TORONTO - Bell Media’s The Movie Network has finalized a licensing agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution that will see both first run theatrical titles and select library films air on The Movie Network and The Movie Read more

TFO brand undergoes a refresh
TORONTO – Group Média TFO has overhauled the visual identity of its TFO Network, the Ontario-based television resource for educational and cultural content in French. Read more

Sportsnet, TSN ready live 4K broadcasts
TORONTO – Canada’s sports networks are tipping off their 4K productions with live coverage of Toronto Raptors broadcasts. Read more

Q1 profits, TV customers, slide at Shaw
CALGARY – Despite an increase in revenue, Shaw Communications saw first quarter profits drop by 4%. Read more

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