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Video killed the radio in 1979, now in 2017 our generation is killing traditional television viewing with a steady decline in cable subscription as more Canadians use their online devices (and televisions) to stream digital content from services such as Netflix, Crave and Amazon Prime Video.
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For $35 a month, YouTube subscribers will be able to replace cable TV.
And some customers are not happy.
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But cord-cutting still isn't hurting cable company profits in Canada.
Maybe they can, but they haven't yet.
CBC ran a story this weekend about HBO's angry letter blitz, where the network has been sending out copyright notices to Canadians asking them to please stop pirating Game of Thrones. There are plenty of legit ways to get the acclaimed fantasy adventure show, the network says -- except that there aren't.
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Regulator has received complaints about skinny basic cable's implementation.
"There's nothing good on TV these days."
David Stevens loves his Rogers cable TV package. "We are able to customize the channels that we watch and only pay for those channels," says the London, Ont., resident. If you're hoping for the same...
Canadian TV providers are losing customers six times faster this year than they did last year, according to new research from Ottawa-based Boon Dog Professional Services. The research firm’s latest st...
There has been “a sharp increase in prices” in telecom services, and with an economic slowdown and growing debt burdens hanging over consumers, Canadians will be in no mood for more, a new study says....
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The May 2015 report said more than half of Canadians currently without cable television have "cut the cord," meaning they had a television subscription and cancelled it.
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Cord-cutting, combined with more consumer-friendly rules from the CRTC, will send Canada’s telecoms into a TV-services “bloodbath” from which they will recover by raising prices for internet services,...
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TORONTO - A new report says more Canadians are choosing to cancel their cable TV and satellite packages and there's no sign of the migration slowing down.The Convergence Consulting Group says about 95...
The cable guy has a new competitor: the anti-cable guy. He helps you cut the cord on traditional television services and hooks you up with alternatives. Most Canadians still watch cable or satellite...
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Most of the media attention following Thursday's CRTC announcement focused on new "pick-and-pay" channel options and basic packages. However, some groups say the little-discussed propo...
TiVo, the set-top box that lets Americans record live TV to watch later, has landed in Canada. Cogeco Cable, which only operates in Ontario and Quebec, will launch TiVo in Ontario on Monday and will r...
The real question people are starting to ask: why pay for a lot of channels with so many commercials? CBC, which is now mostly funded by taxpayers, and any other network with a business model that can eliminate or at least reduce ads, can flourish in this new environment. That is, by giving viewers what they really want, programs, not commercials.
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No wonder Shaw and Rogers, the two largest cable TV providers in Canada, recently joined forces to create a Netflix competitor. Between them, they’ve lost nearly 200,000 cable subscribers in the past...
CBS and HBO's move to streaming highlights a new reality that's hard for many telecom execs to accept: That the one thing we don't need in television's digital future is cable TV. How the big telecoms react to the coming obsolescence of cable TV will play a large role in shaping the future of Canada's entertainment industry. Let's hope they don't keep us stuck in the channel-flipping past for too long.
In news likely to cause Canada’s telecom executives to break out in cold sweats, a poll has found Canadians strongly support government regulation of the price of cable and satellite TV services. A Fo...
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For the first time ever, the number of households in Canada paying for TV has shrunk, raising the possibility that the phenomenon of cord-cutting has reached a tipping point. According to data release...
One of the great ironies in Canadian TV is that a large majority of Canadians think that a high percentage of their monthly cable bill already goes to CBC. In our most recent survey, about 1 in 4 thought that 25 per cent or more went to local stations. In other words, Canadians already think there is a cable tax!
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Canada has moved a step closer to pick-and-pay cable television packages for consumers, with the broadcast regulator revealing its thoughts on how best to open up the industry to more customization....
TORONTO - Another new poll suggests so-called cord cutting may be growing in Canada.Nearly a quarter of the respondents in an online survey conducted by Ipsos Reid in recent weeks said they did not ha...
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As the Great Wireless War of this past summer cools off, Bell Canada has signalled it’s willing to get into another dispute with the federal government: This time, over the Tories’ plans to unbundle c...
MONTREAL - Watching television on the Internet is cheap and convenient, but so far only a small number of Canadians have cut the cord on traditional viewing as TV providers offer discount prices and s...
The newspaper industry has yet to come to terms with the Internet. With decreasing circulation figures and declining ad revenues, daily papers haven't figured out how to turn a profit from their online readership. There have been numerous attempts at getting online users to pay, few of which have worked.
OTTAWA - The federal government will unveil plans this week to force cable and satellite TV providers to offer consumers so-called pick-and-pay services, says a prominent cabinet minister.The move wil...
Confession: we're bingers. You know what were talking about: wait for a full season of Game of Thrones to come out, block off a 'sick day,' and marathon all 10 episodes online. We've all been there. The way we watch and consume content is quickly evolving -- we're demanding more content, and we want it accessible and on-demand.
A growing number of Canadians may be ditching their cable and satellite services, but there are plenty of others to take their place, data from the CRTC would suggest. According to Canada’s telecom re...
This week, we learned that about one in five Canadian television subscribers has said goodbye to cable or satellite contracts and opted to get his TV fix from streaming and over-the-air sources instead. This makes me wonder about the future of Canadian content rules. Mandating the percentage of CanCon that gets aired works in the cable monopoly model, but it's a tough feat when consumers are selecting and purchasing what they will watch on an individual show-by-show basis. Government's attempts at force-feeding viewers particular categories of pedigreed entertainment are going to become a losing proposition.