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Raising the Broadcast White Flag: What Lies Behind Bell's Radical Plan to Raise TV Fees, Block Content, Violate Net Neutrality & Fight Netflix

Bell announced that it completed its $3.2 billion acquisition of CTV on April 1, 2011. Less than four years later, company executives say that their business is unsustainable and effectively admit that they cannot compete. In most sectors, that would be grounds for unhappy shareholders and corporate change. In the Bell world, it means intense lobbying for radical regulatory reform to raise television fees, block content, violate net neutrality, and fight Netflix.
The way we watch movies is changing, and Netflix is at the vanguard of this change. Since entering the Canadian market, the over-the-top movie and TV delivery service has given Canada's major telcos a run for their money, as they compete for viewers with their on-demand TV and movie services. Despite complaints by many that Netflix Canada doesn't have the same wide selection as its U.S. counterpart, the service has been making significant inroads in establishing itself on this side of the border. So who will win the great battle between over-the-top providers like Netflix and telcos like Rogers and Shaw? Only time will tell.