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 offer access to [its] content at the same affordable rate,” said a company representative in a submission to the CRTC. It could also “translate into an increase in price without … a commensurate benefit for Canadian content, its producers, or Canadian consumers,” the report contended.

The CRTC has previously said it would not regulate Netflix or other so-called “over-the-top” (OTT) American digital services such as iTunes by forcing them to comply with current CanCon rules .  The agency is currently in the process of reviewing Canadian TV regulations ahead of public hearings, due to begin in September, to help determine the future of broadcasting in this country.

Corie Wright, director of global public policy for Netflix, insists that “Canadian content is thriving online”, so any further regulations to Netflix’s service would be unnecessary.

 

Source: The Hollywood Reporter