Category: Broadcasting

Whoa there: CRTC Proposes Forcing Telcos to Fund Broadcasting

Thursday, May 31st, 2018
PIAC is concerned about these proposals. Moving from licensing to voluntary agreements is not a bad idea in principle, but we feel it will only work if the CRTC is given a strengthened bargaining position beyond existing incentives it says it will use to entice programming distributors to help fund Canadian content. More crucially, requiring telecommunications service providers to contribute to Canadian production is fundamentally unfair because it forces telecom (Internet, wireless and home phone) users to subsidize programming they may not be able to afford.

CRTC Television Service Provider Code takes effect from September 1: A Step in the Right Direction

Friday, September 1st, 2017
PIAC welcomes the CRTC’s decision to implement the Television Service Provider Code (Code), allowing Canadians to make well-informed choices. CCTS, an independent ombudsman, will now review consumer complaints about TV subscriptions.

Switching Providers Isn’t All About Reasons: It’s Just Hard.

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

An Update on Skinny Basic

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
On September 8th, PIAC was invited by the CRTC to represent consumers' views at a hearing held by the CRTC regarding the 'skinny basic' service which was implemented by all Canadian TV providers earlier this year. The hearing served as somewhat of a follow-up on the direction of TV over the last few months.

Skinny Basic TV Comes to Town

Monday, February 29th, 2016
As of March 1st, 2016, all subscription TV (cable, IPTV, satellite) providers in Canada will have to offer a 'skinny basic' package, and the option to add on, at least, smaller packages of up to 10 channels or, at their option, à la carte pricing of channels – known as “pick and pay” (true pick and pay for all TV service providers will be required in December 2016).

CMPA Prime Time 2016 – Day 1 – Fear Factor

Friday, February 5th, 2016
The annual “Prime Time in Ottawa” conference hosted by the Canadian Media Production (or is that “Producers”) Association kicked off yesterday and PIAC’s Executive Director, John Lawford, attended. The conference brings together media producers, distributors and regulators. The mood was quietly fearful. The CRTC’s Talk TV suite of decisions are now heading into the first phase with required skinny basic packages required to be offered by TV distributors as of 1 March 2016. Almost everyone expected this to cause much pain for producers as distributors lost revenue as consumers trimmed TV packages to the skinny offering. Pick and pay, which is the other shoe to drop from the Talk TV decision, does not fully come into force until December 2016. However, it already is the subject of much uncertainty, which participants said was additive to the largest concern: the non-contribution of “over-the-top” (OTT) services to the Canadian Media Fund and other funds dedicated to supporting Canadian production.

The Battle for Pick-and-Pay and “Skinny” Basic Finally Won

Friday, March 27th, 2015
Consumer Interest groups (including PIAC) and consumers are finally being heard by the CRTC about the need for more flexible and affordable television services.
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