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TV License Renewals: Why Shomi failed, OMNI’s 9(1)(h) hopes; and Corus needs a CPE re-set
GATINEAU – The demise of Shomi has raised a number of questions regarding the future of domestic streaming services in the face of competition from global competitors such as Netflix, including some from CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais today. Read more

Cord-shaving, streaming gear usage, on the rise in Canada
TORONTO – According to new research, 30% of all Canadian online households (3.4 million of them) now have adedicated streaming device (Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, etc.) attached to a TV set, more than double the 12% with such devices in Read more

Hollywood Suite says its ready for a la carte and is thinking about original content
TORONTO — Since launching five years ago with 11 full-time employees, under the leadership of Canadian TV industry veterans Jay Switzer and David Kines, commercial-free movie service Hollywood Suite has slowly but surely been Read more

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French TV License Renewal: Intervenors “message well received”
LAVAL – CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais stressed the idea of “citizenship obligations” as he concluded a hearing Thursday into licence renewals for major French-language private television broadcasters. Read more

Reid confirmed as Cable & Wireless CEO
CORAL GABLES, FL – Canadian John Reid has officially taken on the CEO role at C&W Communications, effective November 7, 2016. Read more

CWTA taps Robert Ghiz as new president, CEO
OTTAWA – Former PEI premier Robert Ghiz will take on the role of president and CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) effective January 1, 2017. Read more

CraveTV’s ‘Letterkenny’ returns December 25
TORONTO – The second season of CraveTV’s hit original comedy series Letterkenny will drop on Christmas Day. Read more

#DigiCanCon: CMPA wants ISPs to contribute; expanded definition of CanCon
TORONTO - The Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) offered 12 recommendations to the Canadian Content in a Digital World consultations , designed to ensure that made-in-Canada content continues to entertain audiences at home and abroad for Read more

#DigiCanCon: ACTRA calls on Netflix to pay up
TORONTO – For the sake of Canada’s broadcast industry and content producers, Internet broadcasters like Netflix cannot be exempted from broadcast regulation any longer, says the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists Read more

‘Pubcaster unveils plans for new Maison de Radio-Canada
MONTREAL - CBC/Radio-Canada’s new home in Montreal will be right next to its old one after the public broadcaster’s board of directors approved a proposal for a new broadcast centre in that city. Read more

DHX Media scores CBeebies commission for new ‘Twirlywoos’
HALIFAX – UK broadcaster CBeebies has commissioned 25 new episodes of preschool series Twirlywoos from DHX Media, bringing the total number of episodes to 100. Read more

‘Kate & Mim-Mim’, ‘Slugterra’, ‘Anne of Green Gables’ win Shaw Rocket Prize
OTTAWA - Three Canadian programs won the Shaw Rocket Prize for best in kids and youth programming as well as the best in digital experience at an industry gala held this week in Ottawa. Read more

Primus trials Canadian developed Wi-Fi handset
TORONTO - Primus says that it is the first major telecommunications provider in Canada to trial the innovative Liberty L2 Wi-Fi handset developed by Vancouver-based Apivio Systems Inc. on its Read more

Telus, TWU ratifies new collective agreement
VANCOUVER - The Telecommunications Workers Union, United Steelworkers Local 1944 (TWU) membership has accepted a new collective agreement negotiated between it and Telus. Read more

Third year of falling telecom complaints seen as “trend”: CCTS report
OTTAWA – The Wireless Code plus customer service improvements by the country’s wireless and Internet providers helped to cut telecom service complaints for a third straight year, the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services Read more

Telus offers low-cost Internet service to Alberta families in need
EDMONTON – Telus has confirmed plans to launch a new pilot program in Alberta offering Internet service for $9.95 a month to single parent families receiving financial support through the Alberta Works Income Support and Assured Income for the Read more

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