In 2005, cable companies began offering cable telephony , also known as VoIP or digital phone service, to its customers for the first time. Since that time, the big four cable companies – Cogeco, Rogers, Shaw, and Videotron have taken more than 386 million landline phone customers away from the big Canadian telephone companies.
To offset losses in telecommunications, Bell Canada, Bell Aliant, MTS, Sasktel, Tbaytel, and Telus have decided to take on the cable companies by offering cable customers IPTV or Internet Protocol television, a technology that enables telephone companies (Telcos) to deliver television programming through phones lines.
In my mailbox this week, I received an offer from Bell Canada which offered the Digital Home Bell Fibe TV for a discounted rate.
In a glossy brochure that accompanied the offer Bell Canada stated that Bell Feb TV was “a new TV service delivered through our new state-of-the-art fibre optic network.”
If you are interested in learning more about the broadcasting industry, the broadcasting distribution industry or the telecommunications industry in Canada then you need to better understand the CRTC.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is an agency of the federal government which regulates and supervises the Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications system.
Nine out of ten Canadians subscribe to cable, satellite or IPTV
In a broadcasting decision handed down yesterday, the CRTC has ruled that it will allow cable companies to insert commercials into select video on demand (VOD) programming.
In a surprisingly protectionist twist, however, the federal regulator says it will only allow commercials in television programming whose program rights are held by a Canadian broadcaster.
The Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB), an industry trade group which has lobbied the government on behalf of the Canadian Radio and Television industry is closing up shop in June after more than 80 years in existence.