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I'm thinking that most, if not all, of the new third party internet based BDUs will never succeed. There are too many things working against them. CRTC regulations and concentration of ownership in the Canadian broadcasting industry places limits on what they can carry, how it is delivered and at what cost. Regulations are strangling the industry and make it almost impossible to provide anything innovative. Those regulations were basically written by Canadian broadcasting industry incumbents in order to protect its own interests so that's not surprising. Station carriage must be negotiated with companies that also own the incumbent BDUs and ISPs. What's wrong with that situation? Internet based IPTV services mostly offer services that are barely indistinguishable from the incumbents apart from the fact they are less mature and offer fewer features. Prices, while often lower, are not low enough to provide a big incentive.

Add to that the shrinking market for traditional BDU services. People who cancel BDU services are more likely to be cord cutters than they are to switch to an internet based IPTV BDU. IPTV is becoming a crowded market with a growing number of small companies trying to get a foothold. Subscribers are taking a risk on products that have little track record and may be poorly financed.
 
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