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The Future of Television Review is the CRTC’s Make or Break Moment

When Canada’s broadcast regulator embarked on the third and final phase of its consultations on the future of television regulation earlier this year, it left little doubt that a total overhaul was on the table. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) raised the possibility of eliminating longstanding pillars of broadcast regulation by creating mandatory channel choice for consumers, dropping simultaneous substitution and genre protection, as well as allowing virtually any non-Canadian service into the market.

For the growing number of Canadians hooked on Netflix or accustomed to watching their favourite programs whenever they want from the device of their choosing, none of this seems particularly revolutionary. Indeed, policies that reduce options, increase costs, or add regulation run counter to a marketplace in which public choice determines winners and losers.

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes the CRTC seems to understand that this is a make-or-break moment since policies that worked in a world of scarcity no longer make sense in a marketplace of abundance. Yet the first batch of responses from Canada’s broadcasters, broadcast distributors, and creator community suggests that most see the changing environment as a dire threat to their existence and hope to use regulation to delay future change.

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July 16, 2014 1 comment Columns

Survey Shows Wide Opposition to Two-Tier OTA Television

The Canadian Media Guild has published the results of a survey that show 84% of respondents opposed to a plan that will create a two-tier system for over-the-air television signals (some will have it, others won't). The survey was conducted in Kamloops, which stands to lose its OTA signal in […]

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July 30, 2009 1 comment Must Reads

Television Broadcasting Shows Significant Revenue Gains

Statistics Canada is out this morning with data on television broadcasting revenues for 2006.  Operating revenues topped $6 billion and the industry experienced the third largest annual gain over the past ten years.

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July 4, 2007 Comments are Disabled Must Reads

Disney To Offer TV Free Online

The WSJ reports this morning that Disney plans to offer popular tv shows such as Lost and Desparate Housewives for free online.  The changes in the television broadcast industry in the U.S. over the past six months, with widespread Internet distribution of content, is nothing short of remarkable.  In Canada, […]

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April 10, 2006 Comments are Disabled News

Not Playing At A Tiny Screen Near You

This week's announcement from Apple and ABC/Disney about the availability of ABC shows such as Desperate Housewives and Lost as downloads for US$1.99 for the new video-playing iPod has rightly attracted significant attention.  This is the first step toward another new market – television shows for virtually immediate download.  I […]

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October 14, 2005 3 comments News