Radio & Television

TELEVISION: Cord-cutting on the rise in Canada

OTTAWA – New research released today reveals that, while overall numbers are still small, the phenomenon known as “cord-cutting” is showing signs of accelerating in the Canadian TV market. What’s become known as “cord-cutting” in the TV industry and beyond is when subscription television subscribers decide to eliminate their TV service altogether (in favour of internet viewing or free over-the-air or a combination of the two). Canada’s publicly traded television service providers1 (cable, satellite, and telephone companies) lost an estimated 19,624 TV subscribers (see chart below) combined in the second quarter of 2013 (February/March to May/June 2013), according to new...