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Super Bowl Simsub battle: NFL urges federal government to sack CRTC decision
“Arbitrary and discriminatory” WASHINGTON – In a letter to the Canadian Ambassador to the United States, the National Football League has taken the unusual step of asking the federal government, through its top diplomat in the Read more

MUSIC TV: Vintage Canada - a Kardashian-free zone
New TV specialty is serious about music TORONTO — Launched in October as a place for “serious music fans”, the retro-focused Vintage TV Canada specialty channel is aimed at not only older music lovers but anyone who’s hungry for Read more

Reflections from the Writers' Room: "He Rode a Blais-sing Saddle!"
(Notes on a Very Silly CRTC Dustup) Did you hear the one where a six-figure-earning chair of the CRTC hijacked his own hearing to go after some guy who hurt his feelings on “The Twitter?” Read more

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Netflix would collect and remit HST, if required (we asked)
THROUGHOUT HERITAGE Minister Mélanie Joly’s consultations on Canadian content in a digital world, the Liberal government held true to what its predecessors in charge of the country had to say about making Netflix contribute to Canadian Read more

Protect privacy of subscribers, but don’t stick us with the bill, CWTA tells Ottawa
Privacy chiefs say current laws are just fine OTTAWA – Canadian wireless carriers shouldn’t be stuck with the bill if new legislation or regulations require them to buy new equipment to intercept or collect subscriber communications Read more

Rogers accuses Iristel of “gaming the telecommunications regulatory scheme”
TORONTO – Rogers Communications has asked the CRTC to step in to an alleged case of “traffic pumping” that it says could put nationwide flat rate calling plans at risk. Read more

Rogers scales back on 4K NHL content
TORONTO – Despite last year’s big 4K investment spend under now ousted president and CEO Guy Laurence, Rogers will offer Read more

Freedom Mobile customers get free Shaw Go WiFi access
TORONTO – Freedom Mobile today announced the launch of Freedom Wi-Fi, a service that connects customers to over 65,000 Shaw Go WiFi hotspots across Western Canada. Read more

CRTC restructures regional offices
OTTAWA-GATINEAU – The CRTC is overhauling some of its regional office functions as the result of “a significant shift towards digital first”. Read more

Telus to discontinue Extend service, calling CRTC’s 9-1-1 directive “technically unworkable and cost-prohibitive”
VANCOUVER – Telus is pulling the plug on its nomadic local VoIP service Telus Extend after the CRTC ordered it to add 9-1-1 Read more

France votes for “YouTube tax”
FRENCH PARLIAMENTARIANS HAVE approved a so-called “YouTube tax” that will tax the advertising revenues of free online video services such as YouTube. Read more

Quebecor Fund grants $1.9M to 7 production companies, programs
MONTREAL – Seven Canadian production companies will receive almost $2 million in funding under the Quebecor Fund's Main Television Production Assistance Program (MPAP) October 3, 2016 submissions. Read more

Global News' Fort McMurray fire report cracks YouTube's top 10 video list
TORONTO – A Global News report of the devastating fires in Fort McMurray earlier this year made the YouTube Rewind 2016 list of the top trending videos in Canada. Read more

Bandwidth throttling complaints drop to just 30: CRTC
OTTAWA – The CRTC received only 30 consumer complaints regarding bandwidth throttling by their Internet service providers (ISPs) in 2016, down from 42 last year. Read more

Napster, Tidal next to join Videotron’s Unlimited Music service
MONTREAL – Videotron added two more music streaming services to its controversial Unlimited Music service. Read more

SaskTel expands LTE in Southwest Saskatchewan
REGINA - SaskTel has expanded LTE coverage to more than 50 towers throughout Southwestern Saskatchewan as it moves to bring LTE to 99% of the province’s population of by April 2017. Read more

NFB Ontario Studio readies for move to new digs
TORONTO – The NFB’s Ontario Studio is moving to a new location in downtown Toronto that will better meet its changing needs for film and interactive media creation. Read more

Lionsgate’s Stern to deliver opening keynote at PTiO 2017
OTTAWA - Lionsgate Television Group president Sandra Stern will deliver the opening keynote at the 22nd edition of Prime Time in Ottawa, the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) confirmed Tuesday. Read more


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