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UPDATED: Rogers, Shaw, pull the plug on shomi
TORONTO – Shaw Communications and Rogers Communications have decided to shut down their joint Canadian subscription video on demand service shomi after less than two years in operation. Read more

SKINNY BASIC: Why no more new rules are needed
GATINEAU – Canada’s broadcast distribution undertakings (BDUs) say they are doing what is required of them to meet rules on an entry level small package of TV channels, and that calls from consumer groups for additional provisions on Read more

CRTC calls for comments on proposed new Discretionary Services Regulations
OTTAWA – The CRTC is asking for feedback on its plan to merge regulations for specialty and pay television services into a single set of regulations, to be known as the Discretionary Services Regulations. Read more

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Bell, MTS to make technology innovation announcement Tuesday
WINNIPEG - MTS and Bell Canada are poised to make a joint announcement Tuesday about “new support for innovation and growth in Manitoba's digital economy”. Read more

CBC greenlights new soccer drama
TORONTO - CBC has commissioned a new original drama series that takes viewers into the fiercely competitive and high-stakes world of an under-21 soccer academy, following the players and coaches who risk it all for a shot at the pros. Read more

DHX Media sells more content to Amazon Prime
HALIFAX – DHX Media has finalized a deal with Amazon Prime Video that will see the SVoD service offering more than three-dozen of DHX Media kids’ shows to its subscribers in the UK and Germany. Read more

Telus marks Royal Visit with donation to support Canadian youth leaders
VANCOUVER - To commemorate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to Telus Garden on Sunday, the company is donating $10,000 to Jack.org, an organization that the Royal couple will spend Read more

CommTech Show opens exhibitor registration
TORONTO - Organizers of the annual Canadian CommTech Show and Seminars have opened exhibitor registration for both events, with early bird savings on now through October 28, 2016. Read more

CRTC warns of potential service disconnection resulting from Telus, TNW dispute
OTTAWA-GATINEAU – The CRTC is warning customers of Téliphone Navigata Westel Communications (TNW) that they may lose phone and Internet service in November as a result of a commercial dispute between TNW and Telus. Read more

Exploding OTT video market pays off for producers in English-language markets: BCG
NEW YORK - Internet video and over-the-top (OTT) video platforms have boosted global video production, especially in English-speaking countries like Canada, says a new report by The Boston Consulting Read more

SiriusXM Canada girds for potential class-action lawsuit
TORONTO - SiriusXM Canada has retained legal counsel and says that it intends to “vigorously defend itself” from pending class action litigation. Read more

Eastlink invests $690K in local TV, film projects
HALIFAX – Eastlink is throwing its support behind Nova Scotia's TV production industry with a $690,000 contribution to the local certified independent production fund administered by the Nova Scotia Independent Production Fund. Read more

CBC Radio 2 names new morning hosts, renews ‘Marvin’s Room’
TORONTO – Broadcaster Raina Douris is returning to CBC as the new host Radio 2 Mornings, taking over from Tom Power who last month was announced as Read more

Connected devices fall short on privacy, says global IoT privacy sweep
GATINEAU - The privacy safeguards of Internet-connected devices are not only poor, they also do not inform users about exactly what personal information is being collected and how it will be used, according to an international internet privacy Read more

CRTC maps out emergency alert providers
GATINEAU – Canadians may now use an interactive map to find out which TV service providers plus radio and TV stations distribute emergency alert messages. Read more

CCTS updates annotated Wireless Code guide
OTTAWA - The Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services (CCTS) has issued an updated annotation of the Wireless Code of Conduct to help both consumers and wireless providers better understand the way the Code is administered. Read more

City TV app joins Apple TV
TORONTO – Rogers’ City TV has launched its video app on Apple TV (fourth-generation), becoming the first major Canadian over-the-air broadcaster to do so, the company said Thursday. Read more

Love Nature adds new partnerships director
LONDON, UK – Natural history producer and distributor Love Nature has named Anthony Jewitt to the new role of director of partnerships. Read more

CPAC debuts new look; fresh take on politics, public affairs
OTTAWA - The Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC) has kicked off its 24th season with new programming and a new look that it says better reflects its balanced and unbiased coverage of politics and public affairs. Read more

English, French independent producers pledge to “speak with one voice” on industry issues
MONTREAL - Canada’s French and English-language media producers have agreed to work in tandem to address the changes that are taking place within the screen-based production sector. Read more

SaskTel continues to extend faster Internet access
REGINA - SaskTel has brought its high speed Internet service to two more communities in the province. Read more


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