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post #5 of (permalink) Old 2019-03-21, 10:31 PM
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I agree but the future is further away in Canada. The CRTC and Bell seem to be distorting the market significantly. Even though the CRTC does not regulate streaming services directly, it creates an uneven marketplace by enriching Canadian broadcasters and reducing competition. Bell's aggressive acquisition of programming rights seems to be the biggest factor. They license programming for Canadian broadcast that are exclusive to streaming services in their home market. The best example is Star Trek which is on Space in Canada but exclusive to CBS All Access in the US. That puts CBS All Access at a disadvantage in Canada. As long as Bell keeps paying enough money to make that more profitable for content producers, competing streaming services will have difficulty expanding in the Canadian market.
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