The proposed “click to cancel” provision takes aim at those horror stories that everyone seems to have, where the “cancel subscription” button seems to be hidden behind a maze of URLs, or when you finally get a live person on the phone who proceeds to inundate you with last-minute offers if you stay.
Canadian creative unions, including the Writers Guild of Canada and Canadian Media Producers Association, are generally supportive of the bill, but have some concerns that its language could create a two-tiered system that would mean Canadian broadcasters are being held to higher standards than foreign streamers.
For decades, when cable TV owners were negotiating retransmission fees with multichannel video programming distributor (MVPDs), they were leveraging their top rated and must-have networks with lower rated networks and start-ups to gain distribution. Eventually the average cable household would have nearly 200 channels receivable but watched only a handful of cable networks.
The rising cost of living is forcing Canadians to prioritize the streaming subscriptions they enjoy the most, the Angus Reid Institute says. New data released by Angus Reid Thursday shows one in three residents of Canada have cancelled at least one streaming service in the past six months. When asked the reason behind that decision, at least half of the responses cited the cost of living crisis.
It's time for our monthly summary of notable new programming coming to streaming services and TV channels in Canada. As is typical for September, there is lots of new and returning programming this month, as the traditional fall TV season gets underway.
Forced to stay at home due to COVID-19 restrictions, people around the world suddenly found a new hobby—streaming content. Streaming trends indicate that the technology has been reaching new heights during the pandemic. The convergence of new technologies, Internet penetration, expanding mobile usage, and ubiquitous lockdowns are the driving forces behind this development.
Filming season will soon begin in earnest in Toronto and its surrounding areas with major productions expected to set up in the city. The industry said it expects a busy summer as streaming services like Netflix lead a boom for the local filming scene.
The federal government has signalled it is open to MPs tweaking a bill that would subject streaming companies, such as Netflix, to the same rules as traditional Canadian broadcasters. Chris Bittle, parliamentary secretary to the heritage minister, said in the House of Commons on Tuesday there is "room" for MPs to amend the bill after it goes to committee for scrutiny.
The Motion Picture Association’s annual theme report shows what is readily apparent across the industry: The impact of streaming. The U.S. and Canadian box office reached $4.5 billion, up 105 percent from 2020, but still lower than pre-pandemic levels. But the combined theatrical and home and mobile market was $36.8 billion in 2021, surpassing the pre-Covid figure of $36.1 billion in 2019.
For the first time in two years, the streaming wars should carry on at full strength in 2022. After the pandemic threw productions into havoc in 2020, with delays lingering through 2021, the pipeline for new series and movies is finally becoming unclogged. And that’s a good thing, because the major streaming services will spend an estimated $230 billion-plus on new content next year, according to a recent report by Ampere Analysis.
DETAILS ON NEW WINTER PROGRAMS, PLUS A MAJOR DEVELOPMENT ON FX PROGRAMMING IN CANADA.
It's time for our summary of notable new programming coming to streaming services and TV channels in Canada in the first month of 2022.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Jan. 6, 2022 -- Social networks and media content are viral nowadays. Many creative people strive to find a platform that will connect them with professionals in the media industry to cooperate, create unique content and publish it online. New independent content creators can be discouraged as they cannot turn on monetization as they don't get enough views on their channel. People may not have enough knowledge, equipment or connections to start their Internet TV channel by themselves.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - June 18, 2022 -- Television is moving towards Internet-based services with the increasing popularity of online streaming services. Cable TV has become a relic of an old era. People are scrapping their cable subscriptions in favour of cheaper internet-based options to get personalized content that fits their circle of interest. Moreover, streaming services start producing original content, which means they can create programs entirely suited to their customers' needs.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - February 10, 2023 -- Audio, video and other media content and services delivered over the internet, also known as over-the-top (OTT) services, bypass traditional distribution channels such as cable and satellite television. The revenue generated by over-the-top services in Canada has been growing rapidly in recent years. According to recent reports, the OTT market in Canada was valued at approximately CAD 2 billion in 2020 and is expected to continue to grow in the coming years.