Set-top box refers to the Mediaroom receiver from your TV provider.“Project Latte” will be offered via set-top box to TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, and Bell Aliant FibreOP TV subscribers at launch. The service will also be available via mobile apps, the web, game consoles, and smart TVs.
That's not market competition. It's controlled supply which acts in the reverse. Market competition is when two or more producers (who are not in collusion) have the same product and consumers make the choice. The large studios may not deliver the content to consumers but they control the supply in ways that drives up prices. Forcing BDUs to bid for exclusive content is one way to do that. That is good for studios but bad for consumers. I doubt it's much of a coincidence that Bell bought Astral and leveraged HBO Canada's position to obtain an exclusive deal for HBO content. Bell's purchase of Astral must be paid by for someone and that's almost always the consumer. The HBO deal was probably also very expensive for Bell. Canadian consumers will end up picking up the tab. I expect that once Bell's Latte and Rogers/Shaw's Shomi obtain dominant market share, prices will rise dramatically.ExDilbert when you have the likes of Shomi, Latte, Netflix all bidding to put shows on their platforms not competition? If anything these two new services have now given consumers more options not less. Large studios are not creating these services, BDUs in Canada are innovating as a result of the Netflix competition.
One of the key factors required for competition is property rights. What bothers me about your position is that you seem to want everything to be in favour of the consumer by removing property rights of the producer.That's not market competition. It's controlled supply which acts in the reverse.