CRTC kicks off hearings on the future of Canadian television

The CRTC yesterday commenced hearings to determine the future of television in Canada. The broadcast regulator will be hearing proposals from companies and individuals; the outcome of these hearings could heavily alter the way television content is delivered to Canadians. CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais has indicated that certain rules currently protecting specific channels or broadcasters [...]

Rogers announces fewer blackouts on NHL GameCentre streaming service

by Christina Peden Rogers had hockey legend Mark Messier on hand this morning at a press conference in Toronto to unveil some major upgrades to their NHL GameCentre Live streaming service for the upcoming 2014/2015 season. Rogers is promising to bring over 50 per cent more games to Canadian hockey fans this season, including over [...]

Rogers and Shaw to launch Netflix competitor Shomi

by Christina Peden Rogers and Shaw announced a new joint venture this week in a bid to compete with popular streaming service Netflix. Shomi, a new video-on-demand service, is set to launch Canada-wide in the first week of November with a subscription price of $8.99, putting it in line with Netflix in terms of cost. [...]

CRTC takes telcos to task over paper billing fees

by Christina Peden The CRTC is challenging Canadian telecommunications companies over their choice to charge customers additional fees for paper bills. The governmental body plans to host a meeting with telecommunications and broadcast companies to discuss its concerns regarding the fees. The CRTC conducted a fact-finding mission to delve into the issues surrounding paper billing [...]

No “Netflix Tax”, company cautions CRTC

by Christina Peden Netflix is warning the CRTC against imposing a tax on the American online streaming giant because they say they do plenty of business in Canada.  Meanwhile, the CBC is calling for Netflix Canada to subsidize the production of Canadian content. Imposing a ‘Netflix tax’ could “make it more difficult for Netflix to [...]

Rogers unveils radical restructuring plan

by Christina Peden Rogers CEO Guy Laurence today unveiled his multi-year plan—dubbed Rogers 3.0—to radically overhaul customer service and accelerate company growth. Laurence, who took over as CEO in December 2013, spent the first 3 months of his tenure crisscrossing the country, 22,000 km in total, meeting and greeting with nearly 11,000 Rogers employees. All [...]

CES 2014 – Samsung unveils new curved Ultra HDTVs

In a move to expand their curved Ultra HD line, Samsung revealed its latest additions in the race for the biggest and most advanced HDTV’s along with plans for streaming of 4K video in the works. In a special presentation at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, the manufacturer unveiled its U9000 series of curved 4K [...]

Samsung announce world’s largest Ultra-HD TV

Samsung is set to release a new 110-inch HD television that boasts four times greater resolution than the other HDTV’s, the company has announced. Known as ‘4K’ due to having four times the pixels of a regular HDTV, the new Ultra-HD TV will be the largest in the world.  The TV will be available in [...]

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