October 1, 2014
Winners of 2014 AMI scholarship program announced
Oct. 1, 2014 /CNW/ - Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today the winners of
its 2014 AMI Scholarship program. The program, which launched in 2012, is open to
Canadian students planning to enroll or continuing to be enrolled in a diploma or
degree program at a Canadian post-secondary school. Two scholarships valued at $5,000
are awarded annually, one of which is reserved for a student with a permanent disability.
To be considered for this scholarship, each student is required to submit a 500-word
mandatory essay on a topic related to accessibility. This year's topic focused on
the importance of making television more accessible and enjoyable for the blind
and partially sighted community.
scholarship program has grown steadily since its inception, and this year received
more than 1,600 applications from across the country – a 30 percent increase from
of the 2014 AMI Scholarship program are Courtney Knight of Burnaby, British Columbia
and Judith Oluwatosin Jubril of Brampton, Ontario. Courtney, who is legally blind
and a five time Paralympian, is studying for her Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation
at Douglas College, while Judith is currently completing her Masters in Disaster
and Emergency Management at York University in Toronto.
launched the scholarship program to help raise awareness on behalf of the millions
of Canadians who experience issues accessing media on a daily basis," explains
Peter Burke, Vice-President of Marketing and Communications for AMI. "Our winners
truly took the time to consider the issues at hand and produced thought-provoking,
intelligent essays. Some of the ideas they put forth could easily be implemented
and have a very positive impact on the industry. Both recipients are highly deserving
of this award and we wish them all the best in their future endeavours."
information on AMI and its programs and initiatives, please visit www.ami.ca.
us on Twitter: @a11ymedia
October 1, 2014
CURATED CANADIAN CINEMA FREE ON CINÉTFO - TFO’s le cinema canadien to share festival class films with all of Canada
October 1, 2014 – We hear so much of the excellence of French-Canadian films
yet it can be hard to get out and see them. Now, on Monday’s From October 6, to
December 29, 2014, Le cinéma canadien/Canadian Cinema will present
a selection of internationally acclaimed films such as Xavier Dolan's
Cannes-selected 'J'ai Tué
Ma Mère' and 'La Face
Cachée de la Lune' by Robert Lepage to all viewers in French with English
will make French Canadian films accessible to cinephile audiences through
English subtitling, while Anglophone films like Away From Her, by Sarah
Polley will be subtitled in French. In this way TFO is turning television into
a portal to engage French and English speakers alike in 13 TIFF-class Canadian
films, commercial free. It is like moving ones' favourite art-house theatre
into the living room, without buying a ticket or waiting in a line-up.
“Offering these great Canadian films in a way
both Anglophones and Francophones can experience and appreciate, is our way of
straddling the two solitudes," says CinéTFO Host, Claudia Hébert. “We take
great pride in the wide and diverse selection of global and local films we have
curated for our nightly CinéTFO line-up and are able to show commercial-free.”
will air Le cinéma canadien/Canadian Cinema Monday’s at 9 p.m. Throughout the
three-month series, TFO will also post a
selection of the subtitled films on its website at www7.tfo.org/smarty-pantalon.
each week CinéTFO presents contemporary films in French, restored French
classics and World Cinema from as far afield as Italy, Russia and Japan.
CinéTFO airs on TFO, Monday to Friday at 9 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. with a double
feature starting at 9 p.m. on Saturdays. For a complete listing of CinéTFO’s Passeport
CinéTFO please visit TFO.org .
Groupe Média TFO is a premium destination for children and audiences seeking
educational and innovative content in French. It provides stimulating
experiences and award-winning products on the cutting-edge of digital learning.
It offers TFO, MiniTFO, and edululu.org, the first online evaluation service
for educational apps in French and English.
To find TFO channels
in your area please visit http://www3.tfo.org/comment-nous-capter.
October 1, 2014
Bell Media Invests in Canadian Digital Startup Hubub
(October 1, 2014) – Bell Media announced today an investment in Toronto-based
digital startup Hubub, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, Bell Media has
invested $5 million in cash and committed millions more to market Hubub.com and the Hubub mobile app, a new digital
platform for exploring and discussing interests, across its leading media
properties. In addition to acquiring an equity stake in the company, Bell Media
has obtained the exclusive rights to monetize Hubub in Canada.
Media is committing significant marketing resources to grow Hubub in Canada -
creating hububs for its brands, leveraging its TV and radio talent, and
integrating Hubub technology into its digital media properties. In an
innovative partnership agreement, Bell Media will earn additional equity in the
company based on the resulting scale of Hubub’s Canadian audience.
is a core part of our strategy to grow our digital reach in Canada,” said Kevin
Crull, President, Bell Media. “We see Hubub at the intersection of social and
search, the two digital categories that continue to see significant growth.
It’s also the perfect social complement to our media properties and talent,
leveraging the significant conversation around news, sports, and entertainment
that originate with our brands.”
are honoured to partner with Bell Media, Canada’s gold standard in news,
sports, and entertainment,” said Peter L. Corsell, Hubub founder and CEO. “Our
team has pioneered the concept of personal interest channels to provide a
deeper level of engagement and collaboration around interests, and we are
thrilled that Bell Media will greatly increase Hubub's exposure in Canada.”
“hubub” is a personal interest channel. Users can join existing hububs on
subjects ranging from municipal politics and entertainment to the Toronto Maple
Leafs, or start their own hububs on any topic. Hububs display a mosaic of videos,
articles, blogs, and polls, as well as innovative features like one-on-one
debates. Some hububs host conversations among thousands of people from all over
the world, while others serve as a continuous, visual search feed for
Media brands such as CTV, CTV News, TSN/RDS, The Movie Network/HBO Canada,
Space, Super Écran, and Canal Vie, among others, will create and promote
hububs, where consumers, content, and brands can come together around topics of
mutual interest. Bell Media will also integrate proprietary Hubub technology
into its digital properties to enhance search and engagement capabilities.
The desktop version, hubub.com, is currently in beta, and the Hubub
mobile app will be released in October. A commercial launch, extensively
supported by Bell Media, is scheduled for the fall. Inclusive of the Bell
Media investment, Hubub has raised $14 million to date.
October 1, 2014
LIONSGATE TEAMS WITH STEPHENIE MEYER, FACEBOOK AND WOMEN IN FILM TO CREATE SHORT FILMS COMPETITION BASED ON CHARACTERS FROM THE WORLD OF TWILIGHT
Short Films by Aspiring Female Filmmakers to be Chosen By Star-Studded Award-Winning
will Premiere Exclusively on Facebook Next Year
British Columbia and SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As part
of its ongoing effort to enhance its diverse portfolio of premium content, Lionsgate
(NYSE: LGF), a premier next generation global content leader, is teaming with Facebook,
the prestigious Women In Film organization, the crowdsourcing platform Tongal and
best-selling Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer to create and manage a social
media campaign to develop and produce a series of short films directed by aspiring
female filmmakers. The campaign, called "The
Storytellers – New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga," will include films
based on a broad spectrum of characters from the Twilight universe, with guidance
provided by Meyer's encyclopedic The Twilight Saga: Official Illustrated Guide.
will center on a multiphase contest culminating in the selection of at least five
aspiring female filmmakers to direct short films based on characters from the Twilight
universe. The films will be produced and
directed with the mentorship of a blue chip panel of advisors, which will ultimately
select the winning shorts that will premiere exclusively on the Facebook platform
next year. The star-studded group of female
panelists will includeStephenie Meyer, actress Kristen Stewart, Academy Award winners
Kate Winslet and Octavia Spencer, Jennifer Lee, the award-winning writer and one
of the directors of Disney's global blockbuster Frozen, Twilight director Catherine
Hardwicke, Emmy Award-winning actress Julie Bowen, and Women In Film President Cathy
winning shorts will be financed through production advances, and fans will help
select a grand prize winning filmmaker who will receive a cash prize and career
opportunities. The short film development
and production process will involve extensive fan engagement on the Facebook and
people than ever before are creating, discovering and engaging with videos on Facebook,"
said Facebook Vice President of Partnerships Dan Rose. "This collaboration with Stephenie Meyer,
Lionsgate and Women In Film is a great opportunity to engage Twilight's massive
global audience on Facebook through an innovative premium video program."
delighted to expand our longstanding relationship with Stephenie and confident that
her participation in theTwilight short films campaign will add an exciting new dimension
to the incredible world she has created as an author and producer," said Lionsgate
Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer and Vice Chairman Michael Burns. "Our
partnership with Facebook and Women In Film underscores the opportunities for growing
our franchises in exciting new directions, and we're pleased to introduce fresh
creative talent to the Twilight universe as part of our commitment to female empowerment
in front of and behind the camera."
Hollywood is a momentous challenge, especially for aspiring female filmmakers, so
I'm thrilled that Women In Film has been invited to join Stephenie Meyer, Lionsgate
and Facebook to empower new storytellers with diverse voices," said WIF President
Cathy Schulman. "Women In Film is proud
to help recruit and mentor female filmmakers as part of a project that illustrates
the power of a beloved book and movie franchise to lessen the gender gap in our
film community and provide a platform for women's perspectives to be seen and heard."
"The female voice
is something that has become more and more important to me as I've worked in the
film industry," said Meyer. "I'm
honored to be working with Women In Film, Lionsgate, and Facebook on a project dedicated
to giving more women a chance to be heard creatively."
September 30, 2014
Sling Media Launches Powerful "TV Anywhere" Products For Canadian Customers
Slingbox M1 and SlingTV are Available
Today from Leading Retail Partners Including Best Buy, Future Shop and London Drugs
FOSTER CITY, Calif., Sept. 30,
2014 /CNW/ -- Sling Media, Inc.,
a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar
Corporation(NASDAQ: SATS), has introduced two new retail products for the Canadian
market: Slingbox® M1 and SlingTV™. Replacing the award-winning Slingbox 350 and
500 models, these products deliver a no compromise TV Anywhere experience giving
customers the ability to watch all of their programming on the most popular mobile
devices, in up to HD quality, anywhere in the world. In addition SlingTV delivers
the power of a Slingbox combined with new "Smarter TV" features designed
to enhance the TV viewing experience in the living room.
With a suggested retail price (MSRP) of $179.99 CAD, the new Slingbox M1 is the
most affordable Slingbox that Sling Media has ever produced. It is designed for
mainstream users who want to have remote access to all of their home TV channels,
shows, and DVR content on personal computers, tablets and phones. The Slingbox M1 is offered in a compact, unassuming
form factor that fits easily into an entertainment system. In addition, the Slingbox
M1 integrates WiFi for simple and flexible set-up and use.
Slingbox M1 features include:
Dual-band 2.4/5Ghz WiFi connectivity and Ethernet
Absolutely no monthly fees for the Slingbox M1
Watch and control live TV on a tablet, phone,
PC or Mac
Easy and quick setup and playback via PC/Mac desktop,
iPhone, iPad and Android phone apps
Watch on a second TV anywhere via Apple TV®, Chromecast®
Play and schedule DVR recordings
Component and composite input/output
Powered by Slingbox 500 hardware, SlingTV is a powerful Slingbox that allows customers
to access their pay TV channels (live or recorded) on a personal computer, tablet
or mobile phone at home or anywhere in the world a network connection is available.
In addition, SlingTV is designed to make the living room TV experience more enjoyable
and powerful by turning the television to which SlingTV is connected into a "Smarter
TV" without having to purchase a new TV or pay for a set-top box upgrade. SlingTV
has a suggested retail price (MSRP) of $329.99 CAD.
SlingTV utilizes cover-art tiles
similar to Slingplayer for iPad's Media Gallery to give customers a visual interface
on the TV screen in the living room. Customers can now discover more of their existing
pay TV programming in an easy-to-navigate interface with SlingTV's state-of-the-art
programming gallery. This new interface provides filtered show recommendations based
on popularity, reviews and social activity designed to enhance the existing pay
TV experience for customers and introduce them to shows, sports, movies or children's
programming that they may not have otherwise known about.
SlingTV features include:
New on-screen TV main menu powered by the included
Soft remote built into Slingplayer for iPhone or
Android phone apps
A visual interface to easily find and select a
show to watch
Filter by popular, favorite channels, sports, movies,
kids programming, etc. currently airing, upcoming and in primetime
ratings for all movies in Movies filter
Big screen TV scoreboard and channel guide. See
all the scores and stats without changing the channel
Find out who's playing, the score and the channel
it's airing on in a visual, easily navigated interface
Get detailed game stats in real-time for fantasy
Integrated Thuuz™ excitement ratings tell you when
to tune into a game based on the score, the match-up, dynamic game momentum changes,
Movie and TV episode details
"Once again, Sling Media
is totally redefining 'TV Anywhere' both in the living room and on remote devices
with the introduction of the Slingbox M1 and SlingTV," says Michael Hawkey,
Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sling Media. "Customers interested in a no strings attached
entertainment experience using the most popular devices in the most places will
be delighted by the affordability and features of the Slingbox M1 while SlingTV
significantly enhances the living room TV experience in addition to being a world
Slingbox M1 and SlingTV are available
today in retail stores across Canada including Best Buy, Future Shop and London
Drugs. For more information please go to http://sling.com/en-CA.
September 30, 2014
Jason Priestley Joins the Celebration as Host of the 2014 Canada's Walk of Fame Tribute Show
Priestley Adds to the Starpower
of Previously Announced 2014 Honourees Including Louise Arbour, The Band, Jeff Healey,
Rachel McAdams, Ryan Reynolds, Hayley Wickenheiser, and The Weeknd
TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2014 /CNW/
- Shaw Media and Canada's Walk of Fame are proud to welcome Jason Priestley as Host
of the 2014 Canada's Walk of Fame Tribute Show, as announced by ET Canada. The beloved
Actor and Director will emcee the star-studded, two-hour event airing on Friday,
December 19 at 8 pm ET/PT on Global. Canada's Walk of Fame Tribute Show celebrates
top-notch Canadians who have made a substantial contribution to Canadian culture,
treats viewers to show-stopping performances, and showcases the incredible talent
this country has to offer. Presenters and performers will be announced in the coming
"Jason is an exceptional
talent and a very proud Canadian. We couldn't be more excited to have him at the
helm of this year's Canada's Walk of Fame Tribute Show," said Barbara Williams,
Executive VP, Broadcasting and President, Shaw Media. "His charisma and charm
are the perfect complement to a broadcast that's all about celebrating the accomplishments
of these outstanding Canadians."
Actor, Director, Producer and
Author, Priestley has enjoyed a robust and diverse career in entertainment. Best
known for playing the charming Brandon Walsh on Beverly Hills 90210, Priestley is
a seasoned actor and has received multiple awards including a Canadian Screen Award
for "Best Comedy Actor" in 2014 for his role on Call Me Fitz. His talent
on screen translated to a passion behind the camera, spending a significant portion
of his career directing numerous episodes of successful programs such as Rookie
Blue, Saving Hope and Haven. He recently completed filming Zoom starring alongside
Gael Garcia Bernal in Toronto. Priestley is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia.
"A true Canadian ambassador,
consummate entertainer and beloved television icon, we're thrilled to welcome Jason
Priestley as host of the 2014 Canada's Walk of Fame Tribute Show," said Melanie
Hurley, CEO, Canada's Walk of Fame. "Never shy to express his homegrown pride
and Canadian heritage, it's going to be an unforgettable night of celebration as
we spotlight this year's inductees."
"I'm honoured to be hosting
this year's Canada's Walk of Fame Tribute Show and excited to pay tribute to these
exceptional inductees," said Priestley. "We have a lot to celebrate in
this country, and a great show in store for Canadians – with a few tricks up our
The following remarkable individuals
will join Canada's Walk of Fame's long list of celebrated Canadians, bringing the
total number of inductees to 157: Louise Arbour, Former Justice of the Supreme Court
of Canada and International Lawyer; The Band, Musicians; Jeff Healey, Musician;
Rachel McAdams, Actor; Ryan Reynolds, Actor and Hayley Wickenheiser, Athlete.
In addition, the show honours
The Weeknd, the recipient of the Allan Slaight Award. The 2014 Canada's Walk of
Fame Tribute Show is held at Toronto's Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Saturday,
The two-hour 2014 Canada's Walk
of Fame Tribute Show honours a selection of internationally acclaimed Canadian visionaries
for their lifetime achievements in music, sport, film, dance and television, as
well as the literary, visual and performing arts, science and innovation. A limited
number of tickets to the star-studded tribute show are available for purchase. To
buy tickets, go to sonycentre.ca
or call 1-855-872-SONY (1-855-872-7669). Canada's Walk of Fame is produced by Insight
September 30, 2014
Witches, goblins and ghosts, oh my! Monstober returns to Family - MONTH-LONG HALLOWEEN LINEUP INCLUDES NEW SERIES, MOVIES AND SPECIALS
TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2014 /CNW/
- Family Channel delivers the chills and thrills this October with the return of
its annual month-long Halloween programming event. Complete with spell-binding new
series, mischievous movie nights and shriek-tastic specials, this Monstober is set
to be the most spook-tacular to date!
Monstober officially kicks off
on Monday, October 6 with the premiere of Deadtime Stories. Based on the popular
children's books, the spine-tingling series chronicles kids' spooky encounters,
from hauntings to monsters to supernatural occurrences. In each episode, viewers
are taken on ghastly adventures as "The Babysitter" (Jennifer Stone, Wizards
of Waverly Place) shares stories from her collection of creepy tales. New episodes
will air Mondays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT throughout the entire month.
Family Channel brews up a Halloween
Night of Premieres on Wednesday, October 8 with a bewitching evening featuring supersized-pumpkins,
mysterious hayrides and grueling ghost stories.
Premieres for Wednesday, October 8:
I Didn't Do It – "Next Of Pumpkin" –
7 p.m. ET/PT: Delia grows a 10-foot pumpkin in hopes of beating her arch-nemesis,
Great Granny Wrinkles, for the biggest pumpkin award.
Austin & Ally – "Horror Stories &
Halloween Scares" – 7:30 p.m. ET/PT: When a power outage leaves Austin, Ally,
Dez and Trish locked in Sonic Boom overnight on Halloween, they pass the time by
seeing who can tell the scariest ghost story.
Deadtime Stories – "Invasion of the Appleheads"
– 8 p.m. ET/PT: When Katie and Andy's parents disappear on a haunted hayride, the
siblings realize that there's something rotten going on in Appleton – and only they
can stop it.
A second Night of Premieres haunts
the network on Friday, October 10; the eerie evening begins at 5 p.m. ET/PT with
ahhh-mazing encores leading into two new episodes and concludes with the fan-favourite
flick, Return to Halloweentown at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Premieres for Friday, October 10:
Liv and Maddie – "Helgaween-A-Rooney"
– 6:30 p.m. ET/PT – The Rooney's Halloween celebration takes an unexpected turn
when a magic amulet turns Liv and Maddie into triplets.
Girl Meets World – "Girl Meets World: Of
Terror" – 7 p.m. ET/PT – The kids face a trilogy of terror when Riley has a
sleepover at Maya's with her Gammy Hart (Charlotte Rae, Facts of Life) and pet ferret;
Auggie confronts the monster under his bed; and Farkle tackles his most terrifying
fear yet – playing softball.
It's a night of Howl-o-ween programming
on Friday, October 17 with back-to-back episodes of Dog With A Blogbeginning at
6 p.m. ET/PT and the debut of a fang-tastic feature film, Vampire Dog.
Premieres for Friday, October 17:
Dog With A Blog – "Howloween 2: The Final
Reckoning" – 6:30 p.m. ET/PT – When Ellen and Bennett overhear Stan talking,
the kids go to great lengths to convince their parents the house is haunted to help
keep Stan's secret.
Vampire Dog – 8 p.m. ET/PT – An enduring friendship
forms when a boy unwittingly adopts a 600-year-old talking vampire dog named Fang
(voiced by Norm MacDonald, The Middle). Together, they discover if they face their
fears, they can do anything.
The ex-fear-ience continues on
Friday, October 24 with a special extended "Night of the Living Dead"-inspired
Phineas and Ferb featuring special guest stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, George Romero
(Night of the Living Dead), Noah Wyle (ER) and Bella Thorne (Shake It Up). The boo-tiful
evening also includes the premiere of the mysterious movie,Evermoor.
Premieres for Friday, October 24:
Gravity Falls – "Little Gift Shop of Horrors"
– 6 p.m. ET/PT – In three separate mysterious tales, Stan is cursed by a Witch,
Waddles (voiced by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey)
accidentally eats a bowl of brain-enhancing jelly and builds a machine that allows
him to speak for the first time, and Mabel faces her fear of Claymotion.
Phineas and Ferb – "Night of the Living Pharmacists"
– 6:30 p.m. ET/PT – Doofenshmirtz's latest "-inator" accidentally turns
the citizens of Danville into contagious Doof-zombies who run rampant all over town.
Evermoor – 8 p.m. ET/PT – When American teen and
aspiring mystery writer Tara Crossley moves with her newly-blended family to the
beautiful, but isolated, Evermoor Manor, a series of mysterious incidents unfold.
Family.ca gets into the spirit with a terror-iffic new "Monster
Maker" activity where kids can upload their picture and instantly transform
into a monster! The website also features exclusive behind-the-scenes Halloween
interviews with Family stars and a variety of ghoulish games. Boys and ghouls can
also help Phineas and Ferb save the world from zombies in the new game "The
Walking Doof." Family OnDemand will offer various Halloween-themed episodes
as they become available weekly beginning Friday, October 10.
September 30, 2014
CASTLE is King with Series-High 2.6 Million Viewers, as the Week Kicks Off With a BANG on CTV
TORONTO (September 30, 2014)
– CTV Mondays got even stronger last night when fan-favourite CASTLE returned
for its seventh season with a series-high audience of 2.58 million viewers,
preliminary overnight data from Numeris (BBM Canada) confirms. The winning
Monday for CTV saw the network lead in every hour of primetime with total
viewers and in the key A18-49 and A25-54 demos, and also claim the Top 3
programs of the night with total viewers and among all key demos, as well as
the Top 4 programs of the night with A25-54. Led by the #1 program of the
night, THE BIG BANG THEORY, with 2.64 million viewers, CTV also saw new series
GOTHAM remain strong with 2.01 million viewers, winning its 8 p.m. timeslot,
while FOREVER won its regular 9 p.m. timeslot with 1.21 million viewers.
With preliminary Playback + 7
data from last Monday’s (Sept. 22) premieres, CTV series all saw audience
boosts, led by the premiere of THE BIG BANG THEORY rising to 3.8 million
viewers (from 3.2 million), with the second episode increasing to 4.1 million
(from 3.5 million). GOTHAM’s series premiere rose to 3.3 million viewers (from
2.4 million), while FOREVER’s series premiere climbed to 2.3 million (from 1.8
A closer look at Monday,
according to Numeris (BBM Canada) preliminary data:
CASTLE nearly doubled the audience of THE
BLACKLIST (1.4 million; Global/NBC) with total viewers, and also led in the key
A18-34 (+66%), A18-49 (+81%), and A25-54 (+90%) demos.
At 8 p.m., GOTHAM ranked #2 for the night in
all key demos and was the third most-watched program of the night with total
viewers, delivering 45% more viewers than the premiere of NCIS: LOS ANGELES
(1.4 million; Global/CBS).
Up 6% with A18-49 and 15% with A25-54 from
its episode last Tuesday, FOREVER won its regular 9 p.m. timeslot with 43% more
viewers than SLEEPY HOLLOW (845,000; Global/FOX), and 9% more viewers than SCORPION (1.1 million; City/CBS).
Tonight on CTV and CTV GO features
new episodes of MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. at 9 p.m. ET/PT and PERSON OF
INTEREST at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Also, THE VOICE continues with blind auditions at 8
p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two.
September 29, 2014
Sportsnet Unveils State-of-the-Art, Multi-Million Dollar Hockey Studio with 38ft-wide Ultra High Definition Monitor
TORONTO (September 29, 2014) It’s big and it’s spectacular. At
11,000 square feet with nine separate sets and 52 monitors, Sportsnet today introduced
the largest, most innovative sports studio in the country, providing fans with a
sports entertainment playground that places them in the heart of the action and
brings the NHL experience to life.
The Hockey Central Studio, which debuts October 8 – opening night
of the NHL season – features a rotating main anchor desk with a 360° open environment
allowing cameras to shoot from any angle, an 11x38ft. ultra-high-resolution monitor
– the largest ever in a Canadian television studio, and an LED floor that displays
videos and graphics and leads into a giant video monitor wall. The studio also features up to 14 cameras that
can shoot up to three live broadcasts for three different networks at any one time.
(See attached “By the Numbers” addendum.)
“Our hosts and commentators gasped when they saw the studio in
action for the first time, and we’re confident fans will as well,” said Gord Cutler,
Senior Vice President of NHL Production, Rogers. “It’s cutting edge and allows us
to showcase the game in ways never seen before that will keep fans on the edge of
Designed by Jack Morton PDG, the company that designed the sets
for Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium at Vancouver 2010 & London 2012,
the set was eight months in the making, beginning with the design phase and coming
full circle with the construction in mid-June and finishing in late September.
The studio is complemented by a new graphics and animation package,
designed in-house by the Rogers Creative Group.
It includes 10 different custom opening animations, 250 player animations,
and more than 1,000 support animations that enhance storytelling and game analysis
for viewers. Hockey fans will hear fresh
musical packages during NHL on Sportsnet broadcasts, with renowned Canadian composer
Stephan Moccio’s enhanced version of the current Hockey Night in Canada song and
Sportsnet theme music – both of which are performed by an all-Canadian 50-piece
This season, the NHL on Sportsnet will deliver more than 550
national and regional regular season NHL games across nine networks, including CBC,
City, Sportsnet (East, Ontario, West, and Pacific), Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360
and FX Canada. Sportsnet has exclusive Canadian broadcast coverage of the Stanley
Cup Playoffs, Stanley Cup Final, NHL All-Star Game, NHL Draft Lottery, NHL Draft,
and the NHL Awards. Rogers NHL GameCentre
LIVE will deliver more than 1,000 regular season games on tablet and smartphones
for the upcoming season. Sportsnet is also the official regional television broadcast
rights holder for the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto
Maple Leafs (including radio rights on Sportsnet 590 The FAN) and Calgary
Flames (including radio rights on Sportsnet
960 The FAN).
September 29, 2014
DEGRASSI Continues to Push the Envelope as Award-Winning Series Returns with All-New Episodes, October 28 on MTV
TORONTO (September 29, 2014) – Mega DEGRASSI fans unite! With the countdown to
graduation in full swing, Season 14 of the hit series DEGRASSI returns to its familiar
Tuesday timeslot with a brand-new, 28-episode order, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 28
at 9 p.m. ET on MTV. Fresh off DEGRASSI’s 2014 Primetime Emmy® nomination for “Outstanding
Children’s Program”, its third nomination in the category over the last four years,
Season 14 picks up immediately following the end of spring break, after Tristan
(Lyle O’Donohoe) and Miles’ (Eric Osborne) surprising lip-lock and the shocking
revelation of Clare’s (Aislinn Paul) pregnancy. Never shying away from tackling
heavy-hitting topics, DEGRASSI once again addresses authentic and relevant issues
affecting teenagers today. For a sneak peek at Season 14, click here.
Encore episodes of DEGRASSI air Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on MTV and
stream on MTV.ca following broadcast. Throughout
the season, DEGRASSI fans can join the conversation by following @MTVCanada and using the hashtag #Degrassi.
Thirteen years after the debut of the latest incarnation, the
hit franchise shows no signs of slowing down. Season 13D of DEGRASSI, airing on
both MTV and Much, averaged 100,000 P12-34 viewers, achieving its most impressive
audience in three seasons, with audiences growing by 52% over Season 13C.
In the Season 14 premiere of DEGRASSI, “Smells Like
Teen Spirit” (Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 9 p.m. ET), Clare has a serious dilemma that will
affect her entire future and confides in Alli. Zoë sees red when Becky tells her
she’s too much of a distraction for the power cheer team. It's time for Zoë to bring
Becky down, literally. Miles and Tristan are getting close, but with his campaign
in full swing, Mr. Hollingsworth is worried his son’s behaviour could damage his
political prospects. An upset Miles decides to take annoying his father to a whole
September 29, 2014
BLUE ANT MEDIA AND INFINITI PARTNER ON NEW CANADA UNDISCOVERED SERIES
Stunning 4K Series to Broadcast on Premium, Commercial-Free Channel
OASIS this Fall
(Toronto, ON) September 29, 2014 – Blue Ant Media and luxury
automotive brand Infiniti have partnered on a new 4K series, Canada Undiscovered.
The 3-part original series will broadcast on T+E and nature and wildlife specialty
channel OASIS this falland will highlight unique and rare natural wonders across
Canada. The partnership involves collaboration between OMD, TBWA and Critical Mass
to develop and execute a unique content marketing program for Infiniti.
Hosted by TV personality Sean Moffit, Canada Undiscovered takes
viewers on a coast-to-coast road trip providing fascinating natural history facts
for some of Canada’s most unique locales including The Great Bear Rainforest in
British Columbia, Athabasca Sand Dunes in Saskatchewan and Sable Island in Nova
Scotia. The original video series will also be available on a custom content hub
at the time of broadcast and supported with in-depth editorial, targeted social
media, an immersive 360 degree photo gallery, promotional spots and print ads in
Cottage Life magazine. A contest will also
engage viewers for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to their favorite destination
featured in the series. For editorial, videos
and contest details visit canadaundiscovered.infiniti.ca
“Canada Undiscovered is a high quality, cinematic content marketing
program shot in 4K that we think our discerning viewers will enjoy travelling across
Canada with Infiniti,” said Ryan Fuss, SVP Media Solutions, Blue Ant Media.
“Working with the Blue Ant Solutions team on the Canada Undiscovered
Project gave us a unique opportunity to highlight the versatility and performance
of the Infiniti Q50 and QX60, while exploring some of the most inspiring and less-explored
corners of Canada,” said Wendy Durward, Director–Marketing and Transformation, Infiniti
September 29, 2014
W Network Announces Mazda Sponsorship and Integration for New Season of Property Brothers Airing this Fall and Winter
(September 29, 2014 – Toronto, Canada) This fall, W Network has
teamed up with Mazda Canada Inc. to introduce a new brand of vehicle to the top-rated
series, Property Brothers. The sponsorship covers placement and story integration
throughout all 13 Toronto-based episodes of the new season. The remaining sponsorship
will include on-air spots, signage and contest overlay on W Network, to direct viewers
to the Mazda website. The sponsorship begins today with the launch of new episodes,
airing Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on W Network.
Three episodes will have storyline integrations with Mazda facilitating
all the transportation needs of the Property Brothers, as well as a focus on the
key elements of the Mazda vehicles, energy efficiency, technology, style and design,
that the Property Brothers incorporate in all of their renovations. Each brother
will drive his own Mazda vehicle, a Mazda6 and a Mazda CX-5, which will transport
homeowners to house listings and retail stores. The other sponsorship elements include
on-air spots with billboards, tune-in tags and featured Mazda vehicles, online custom
articles and high-impact ad units, as well as contest overlay during the winter
episodes. The contest will provide viewers with a one in three chances of winning
$5,000 for their homes.
“We are very pleased to have Mazda on board to sponsor the popular
Property Brothers,” said Lynn Chambers, Vice President, Client Marketing, Corus
Entertainment. “Working with Cineflix and the team at Mindshare, we saw how the
key features of efficiency, technology, style and design featured in Mazda vehicles
aligned with the Property Brothers. The integration and sponsorship show synergy,
pairing the brothers and the series with a brand of vehicle that reflects the same
The multi-tiered and fully-integrated campaign airs nationally,
targeting women 25-54.
Property Brothers is produced by Cineflix (Property Brothers
4) Inc. in association with W Network.
September 29, 2014
The state of wireless competition does not justify more interventionist measures
MONTREAL, Sept. 29, 2014 /CNW
Telbec/ - As a new round of CRTC hearings begins today to determine whether a price
ceiling must be imposed on wholesale roaming fees, the MEI is publishing a Viewpoint
entitled "Three Myths about Competition in the Canadian Wireless Sector"
that calls into question the idea that new interventionist measures must be adopted
to encourage competition in this sector.
Although many Canadians have the
impression that they are among those who pay the most for their telecommunications
services, in fact, prices in Canada are lower than in the United States, Japan,
and Australia. Moreover, by comparing different mobile wireless service bundles
in 34 countries, the OECD concludes that Canada is about average.
In addition to competitive pricing,
the Canadian wireless sector offers better than average service quality when compared
to that of other large industrialized countries. Canada is ranked 8th and 9th out of 25 in terms of download and
"The negative perception
of the industry that justifies interventionist measures is simply mistaken. Canadian
consumers enjoy one of the most advanced telecommunications networks in the world,
are among the biggest users, and pay prices that are generally close to the average
of what is found in other industrialized countries," explains Martin Masse,
co-author of the study.
With three national wireless service
providers and several regional competitors, Canada is furthermore far from being a special case among industrialized
countries. In spite of this, the federal government has intervened in various ways
since 2008 to favour the emergence of a fourth wireless service provider. The CRTC
hearings that start today could bring about the adoption of additional interventionist
"Instead of trying to micromanage
competition in the telecommunications industry, the government should concentrate
on eliminating the obstacles that prevent true, dynamic competition," concludes
Paul Beaudry, co-author of the study.
The Viewpoint entitled "Three
Myths about Competition in the Canadian Wireless Sector" was prepared by Martin
Masse and Paul Beaudry, respectively Senior Writer and Editor and Associate Researcher
at the Montreal Economic Institute. This publication is available on our website.
The Montreal Economic Institute
is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit research and educational organization.
Through its studies and its conferences, the MEI stimulates debate on public policies
in Quebec and across Canada by proposing wealth-creating reforms based on market mechanisms.
September 29, 2014
Opening remarks by Jean-Pierre Blais at the public hearing on the review of wholesale mobile wireless services
This week, the Commission
will examine the wholesale wireless mobile services market in Canada.
This is the second of three
major hearings that the Commission is holding this fall. Earlier this month, we
held a hearing on the future of television in Canada. In November, we will review the regulatory framework
for wireline wholesale telecommunications services. This will include an
examination of whether to allow competitors access to the incumbent companies’
The thread that runs through
these three proceedings is choice and sustainable competition.
The Commission is reviewing
its frameworks with its eyes firmly fixed on the future. We are seeking to
ensure that Canadians are able to benefit from a world-class communication
system for years to come. One in which they have access to compelling content,
as well as the choice of innovative wireless services and Internet services,
wherever they live in Canada.
Mobile wireless services
Last week, we released the
section of our Communications Monitoring Report that provides data on
the telecommunications sector. According to the latest figures, there are now
more than 28 million wireless subscribers in Canada. In 2013, mobile wireless services generated total
revenues of $21.2 billion.
Mobile wireless services make
up nearly half of all telecommunications revenues, which is an indication of
their importance to the marketplace and the Canadian economy.
How Canadians use mobile
devices is another indication. With access to broadband wireless services, they
can search for information, watch pre-recorded and live programs, listen to
music, share content, conduct business, apply for government services, track
their child’s immunization schedule and even pay for coffee—all thanks to their
The retail market offers
Canadians a variety of wireless devices, plans and packages. The CRTC’s
wireless code ensures that consumers can make informed choices about the
services and companies that best meet their needs. It also protects Canadians
from undue roaming and data bills and excessive cancellation fees.
Wholesale mobile wireless services
The purpose of the hearing
that is getting underway today is to take a closer at the wholesale market for
mobile wireless services. This market consists of the arrangements between
wireless service providers to provide services, such as roaming and tower
In 2013, we began to gather
facts about the rates, terms and conditions associated with wholesale wireless
roaming arrangements. A task force was created within the Commission to analyze
this data, which then led us to launch a public consultation. The purpose of
this initial consultation was to examine whether certain wireless companies
were subjecting their smaller Canadian competitors to unjustly discriminatory
rates, terms and conditions for roaming services.
In addition to finding clear
instances of unjust discrimination, we prohibited exclusivity clauses from
being included in roaming arrangements. These clauses prevented smaller
companies from using the networks of any other service provider, and were an
impediment to fair and sustainable competition.
In February 2014, we launched
a much broader consultation. We are examining the wholesale services that
wireless companies rely on to provide services to their retail customers. Our
goal is to determine whether the framework for the wholesale mobile wireless
services market is sufficiently competitive—both now and in the years ahead.
As I mentioned a moment ago,
competition in the wireless industry benefits Canadian society in many ways,
including by providing access to high-quality networks, innovative services and
At this hearing, the panel
will therefore want to hear views on three areas.
(1) The state of the
wholesale mobile wireless services market, which includes roaming arrangements
and tower sharing.
We are examining this issue
given that, to provide retail services to their customers, certain wireless
companies must rely on the services of other wireless companies.
For example, roaming
arrangements enable wireless companies to make their networks available to one
another, so that Canadians can continue using their wireless devices to make
calls, send text messages and use data when they travel outside their own
network coverage area.
Tower and site-sharing
arrangements enable wireless companies to install their own equipment on
another entity’s structures. These entities could be wireless carriers,
broadcasters, utilities, government agencies or municipal agencies. The
structures in question could be towers, as well as buildings, water towers,
billboards or lampposts.
These agreements enable
wireless companies to deploy their wireless networks in a cost-effective and
efficient manner, and minimize the number of towers in communities.
We will also examine whether companies that do not have their own network infrastructure
or spectrum—known as mobile virtual network operators—should have access to
certain wholesale wireless services at rates, terms and conditions set by the
(2) The impact of the
wholesale mobile wireless services market on the retail market.
We will assess the
relationship between the arrangements at the wholesale level and the
competitiveness of the retail market, with a view to ensuring that the
interests of consumers are protected.
(3) Whether greater
regulatory oversight would be appropriate if we were to find that the wholesale
market is not sufficiently competitive.
The Commission does not have
a predetermined outcome or outcomes in mind. It is possible that we will find
that the wholesale mobile wireless services market is sufficiently competitive
and that no further action is required on our part.
In the event that we find
that the wholesale market is not sufficiently competitive, we will consider
whether additional regulatory intervention is needed. The Commission would need
to determine whether its existing powers are sufficient or whether there is a
need to reassert its jurisdiction in certain areas such as rate regulation.
In addition, Parliament
recently amended the Telecommunications Act to limit wholesale
wireless roaming rates in Canada, pending the outcome of the Commission’s work in this
proceeding. The Act sets out an interim formula to calculate the maximum
wholesale rate for domestic wireless voice, data and text services that a wireless
company can charge its competitors.
Role of an administrative tribunal
Over the course of the coming
week, it is important to keep in mind the Commission’s role as an
We have a duty to be fair,
open and transparent. As I mentioned a moment ago, we have not come to any
predetermined views. The purpose of this hearing is to test the evidence that
has been submitted. For this reason, the panel will focus its questions on
areas that it needs to explore in greater detail to build a robust record upon
which it can rely on to make its determination.
Our decision will be based on
the record before us, and will be made consistent with the mandate Parliament
has conferred to the Commission in theTelecommunications Act.
Before we begin, I would like
to thank everyone who has participated in this process, either by submitting
comments or by appearing before us. We would not be able to fulfill our
legislative responsibilities without your views and participation.
All comments will be taken
into consideration as we make our decision.
September 26, 2014
Funniest comedian in Canada named in SiriusXM's Top Comic
TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR), the country's leading audio entertainment
company, today announced Faisal Butt of Montreal as the winner of SiriusXM's Top Comic.
Butt took home the title, $15,000 and a slew of other prizes last night at the Finale
after eight comedians from across Canada faced off in a comedy battle before a live audience and
a panel of judges.
The Finale, part of Just For Laughs'
JFL42 Festival in Toronto and broadcast live on SiriusXM's Canada Laughs channel
168, was the culmination of a cross-country audition and online vote for Canada's
funniest comedians. Finalists from Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Toronto,
Ottawa, Montreal and St. John's were brought to Toronto to perform before a panel
of comedy insiders who then chose the winner after headliner Jon Dore treated the
audience to a set.
Included with the title of SiriusXM's
Top Comic and a $15,000 prize, Butt also receives a dedicated JFL42 headline performance
in 2015, a televised performance from Montreal's 2015 Just For Laughs Comedy Festival
and an opening spot for superstar comedian Russell Peters on a Canadian date of
his sold out, 2014 Almost Famous arena tour. The remaining seven finalists in this
year's Top Comic competition will also open for Russell Peters during his Canadian
"I'm beyond thrilled to have
won this year's title, especially among such talented company," said Butt,
who has been working as a standup for 10 years. "This is easily the biggest
comedy competition in Canada today and I'm so proud to have it on my resumé."
"Faisal killed it last night
and truly deserves this prize, but all the finalists should be so happy with their
sets and how they represented their cities," said Ben Miner, Canadian comic
and host of SiriusXM's Canada Laughs channel. "The talent in this country continues
to amaze us and we love supporting Canadian comedy through initiatives like this."
Top Comic is part of SiriusXM
initiatives to provide exposure to and support Canadian talent.Previous winners
of SiriusXM's Top Comic contest include Pete Zedlacher, Eric Andrews, Matt O'Brien
and Brian Stollery.
SiriusXM subscribers can get access
to special JFL42 programming live during the festival through September 27th on
Canada Laughs channel 168 as well as Canada Talks channel 167.
Canada Laughs channel 168 features
uncensored Canadian comedy 24/7 including stand-up, sketch, musical comedy and more,
putting the spotlight on the rich pool of extraordinary talent from Canada. Canada Laughs is available to all Sirius and XM subscribers
in Canada and across the U.S. and joins SiriusXM's hilarious comedy lineup, including
Comedy Central Radio, Raw Dog Comedy Hits, The Foxxhole, Blue Collar Comedy, Laugh
USA and more. Those satellite radio subscribers who add SiriusXM Internet Radio
access to their subscription can listen toCanada Laughs and all of SiriusXM's comedy
offerings on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and online.
To learn more about SiriusXM Top
Comic visit www.siriusxm.ca/topcomic.
For more information about JFL42
and to get passes visit www.jfl42.com.
September 26, 2014
Media Advisory - CRTC to hold a hearing in Gatineau, Quebec
WHEN: Monday, September 29 to
October 3, 2014
WHERE: Conference Centre, Phase IV, 140 Promenade du Portage, Outaouais room, Gatineau, Quebec
TIME: Conference Centre, Phase IV, 140 Promenade du Portage, Outaouais room, Gatineau, Quebec
OTTAWA-GATINEAU, Sept. 26, 2014
/CNW/ - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) will
hold a public hearing in Gatineau, Quebec from Monday, September 29 to Friday, October
3, 2014. The CRTC is holding this hearing
in the context of a process to examine whether competition in the wholesale wireless
mobile services market in Canada is sustainable. The CRTC wants to ensure that Canadians
are able to benefit from a world-class communication system for years to come.
If you plan on attending the hearing
or would like more information about it, please contact Media Relations at 819-997-9403
or by email at email@example.com.
A live audio feed of the hearing
will be available on the CRTC website at www.crtc.gc.ca. A webcast of the hearing will also be available
on the CPAC website: http://www.cpac.ca/en/
Are you interested in following
the hearing? Follow us on Twitter:
@CRTChearings, hashtag: #CRTCWireless
Reference document and link:
Notice of Consultation CRTC 2014-76: Review of wholesale mobile wireless services
September 26, 2014
The Verdict is In: HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER is Fall’s #1 New Series with 2.4 Million Viewers Thursday on CTV
26, 2014) – It was a criminally good premiere for HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER as
the series debut snuck past CTV’s own GOTHAM (2.37 million) to instantly become
the most-watched debut of the season with an initial audience of 2.40 million
viewers, preliminary overnight data from Numeris (BBM Canada) confirms. HOW TO
GET AWAY WITH MURDER was the most-watched program Thursday, taking the top spot
in all key demos. Ranking #2 for the night, the season premiere of GREY’S
ANATOMY returned with 1.8 million viewers at 8 p.m. At 9 p.m., SAVING HOPE grew
10% from its Monday premiere, winning its regular Thursday night timeslot with
1.2 million viewers. Overall, CTV won every hour of primetime Thursday.
A closer look at
Thursday’s Numeris (BBM Canada) preliminary data:
p.m., GREY’S ANATOMY bested BONES by 34% in the key A25-54 demo, and 45% among
p.m., SAVING HOPE won its timeslot with more than double the viewers of its
next closest competitor.
p.m., the season’s most-watched new program to-date HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER
delivered ratings as high as 6.7 (Toronto) and 6.9 (Montréal) for A25-54.
three dramas saw half-hour growth in their broadcasts.
continues on CTV and CTV GO tonight with the season premiere of THE AMAZING
RACE at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Space Original Series ORPHAN BLACK at 9 p.m. ET,
and leading into the season premiere of BLUE BLOODS at 10 p.m. ET. Also, the
special two-hour premiere of SHARK TANK airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET on CTV Two.
September 26, 2014
TSN Congratulates Tessa Bonhomme on her Induction into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame
26, 2014) – TSN congratulates Tessa
Bonhomme on her induction into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame, where
the SPORTSCENTRE host and reporter will be recognized for her stellar
collegiate hockey career.
Both a world
champion and gold medallist at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Bonhomme
also played four seasons for the Buckeyes, from 2003 to 2008. In her final
year, she was named WCHA Player of the Year, as well as an AHCA First Team
All-American, the first and only Ohio State player to receive this distinction.
She also holds numerous Ohio State all-time records, including career points by
a defenceman and most points in a season for a defenceman.
She will be
inducted at tonight’s ceremony alongside 10 former student athletes and two
coaches. The 13 inductees will also be honoured at halftime of the Ohio State
Buckeyes’ football game against the Cincinnati Bearcats tomorrow evening.
joined TSN in a full-time role, appearing as a host and reporter for
SPORTSCENTRE as well as a contributor to TSN’s coverage of Hockey Canada
September 25, 2014
Study commissioned by Telefilm Canada, SODEC and Canada Media Fund indicates Canadians increasingly choosing to watch TV series in preference to feature films and confirms that most film viewing is done via TV
MONTREAL, Sept. 25, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - New technologies are influencing the
viewing habits of Canadian consumers with regard to audiovisual content and at the
same time enhancing the availability of such content. A study on the way Canadians
choose their audiovisual content, commissioned by Telefilm Canada, the Société de développement des
entreprises culturelles (SODEC) and the Canada Media Fund (CMF), and based on results of focus groups
convened across the country, indicates, notably, that Canadians are now increasingly
choosing to watch TV series instead of feature films and confirms that most film-viewing
is done through television. The study found, moreover, that consumers are increasingly
seeking on-demand access to audiovisual products across a wide variety of platforms.
study aimed to provide a better understanding, from a qualitative perspective, of
consumers' new expectations, of how they make their viewing decisions, of the sources
they consult when making these decisions, of the impact of digital platforms on
their decisions and of their perceptions of the industry. Montreal marketing research firm Ad hoc recherche organized
eight focus group sessions—in Sherbrooke, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver—involving some 60 participants
aged between 25 and 59. The participants were categorized as Connected/Superviewers
and Active At Home consumers for purposes of the study (click here for a description of these market segments as identified
in a previous study that Telefilm commissioned in collaboration with HEC Montréal
and Ad hoc recherche). Given the qualitative nature of the study, no statistical
findings can be extrapolated; however, given that participants expressed similar
opinions on several different topics, the study makes it possible to identify a
number of significant trends.
The complete study is available
I recently stated during my appearance at the CRTC's Let's Talk
TV: A Conversation with Canadians, I believe that innovation with regard to
accessibility and consumer engagement is essential if we want Canadian content to
really resonate with audiences," said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of
Telefilm Canada. "Every time content is shown on the big screen, broadcast
on television or made available on digital platforms, we have incredible opportunities
to promote Canadian talent, not only to Canadians, but to the world."
Monique Simard, President and CEO of SODEC: "We're seeing that the multi-screen
phenomenon is very positive, because it means that a wider variety of audiences
have access to cultural products and these products are more accessible."
Creighton, President and CEO of the CMF, continued: "The technology choices
available to consumers today transform their entertainment consumption to a personalized,
portable, shareable, on-demand experience, and this new report provides solid evidence
that Canadians want access to content at any time, from anywhere, on their platform
Highlights of the study
Participants deemed that the development of Canada's industry is desirable, since everyone is looking
for good content; that content, however, will be judged in the same way as the best
of the existing offer is judged.
- On-demand access now seems to be the standard and
video content is more accessible than ever before. While the TV screen is still
the main screen, there has been a shift to ad-free viewing on-demand, according
to study participants, driven, among other things, by PVRs (personal video
recorders), streaming, free downloading and video on demand (VOD). The subscription
viewing model seems to be the favoured approach by far, as opposed to the one-at-a-time
or ad-supported model.
- The distinction between the worlds of film and TV
series seems to be increasingly blurred, to the benefit of series viewing.
Indeed, consumers appear to be shifting some of their movie-viewing time to
TV shows. Abundant in number, of high quality, TV series keep viewers "hooked"
over extended periods of time, are available on-demand on several platforms
and can be consumed through binge viewing—a now widespread practice.
- We already know that most movies are watched at home;
however, the choice of film seems to be determined by a consumer's mood, which
can change from day to day. Movie-going, by contrast, a more expensive undertaking
often reserved for major productions, is considered a social event, with participants
often knowing in advance which movie they want to see in a theatre.
- While consumers appear to obtain information about
movies mainly by watching trailers, word-of-mouth, including social media,
seems to be the main way they learn about TV series. For a movie to be chosen
by consumers, it must generate buzz everywhere, ideally on all platforms.
- Not surprisingly, the Quebec industry seems to fare well, owing to its distinct
star system as well as the pride and sense of belonging it elicits. Focus group
discussions confirmed that Quebec films captivate viewers with their humour, local
aspect and close proximity to their audience's reality.
- The English-language industry seems to be poorly known
and subject to certain negative perceptions. However, several participants
mentioned that their perception of the industry generally improved when they
were provided with specific examples of Canadian films, which shows just how
important promotion is.
September 25, 2014
CRTC releases 2014 report on the state of the Canadian telecommunications industry
OTTAWA–GATINEAU, Sept. 25, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Commission (CRTC) today released information on the telecommunications sector from
the 2014 Communications Monitoring Report.
The report shows that more and
more Canadians are adopting smartphones and tablets. Over 62% of the population
owns one of these devices, and 39% of Canadians use tablets – an increase from 2012,
when the percentages were 51% and 26%, respectively. In 2013, 90% of wireless service
subscribers were the customers of one of Canada'sthree major providers.
The percentage of households that
subscribed to Internet services remained stable, from 79% in 2012 to 80% in 2013.
However, the percentage of subscribers with download speeds of 5 megabits per second
or more increased by 5% reaching 67% (including satellite services) in 2013. The
market share of small service providers competing with the three major providers
in Canada increased as well, from 9% in 2012 to 10% in 2013.
The availability of Internet service
with a download speed of 5 megabits (Mbps) per second or more rose from 82% of Canadian
households in 2009 to 94% in 2013. Monthly rates varied widely by province and whether
the area was rural or urban. With the exception of the territories, the least expensive
monthly fee for a 5-Mbps broadband service varied between $25 and $49 in urban areas
and $32 and $55 in rural areas.
More and more Canadian households
are abandoning landlines. The number of residential phone lines dropped by 6%, from
12 million in 2012 to 11.2 million in 2013.
Telecommunication service revenues
increased by 2%, reaching 44.8 billion dollars in 2013.
This year, the Commission is releasing
the Communications Monitoring Report in three parts. The first part is containing data on the broadcasting sector and
was released on September 4, 2014. Today, the Commission released the second part, which
contains telecommunications-sector data. The third part will be released in mid-October
and will include data on international comparisons, the National Do Not Call List
and consumer spending on communication services.
- According to the Media Technology Monitor (MTM), over
62% of the population owns a smartphone, and 39% of Canadians use tablets –
an increase over 2012, when the percentages were 51% and 26% respectively.
- Wireless service networks were accessible to 99% of
the population, the same as in 2012.
- In 2013, the percentage of Canadians with access to
fourth-generation wireless networks (LTE or long-term evolution) increased
from 72% to 81% in a year.
- The market share in terms of revenues for wireless
service companies competing with the three major providers went from 6% to
8% between 2012 and 2013.
- In 2013, broadband availability for residential services
(excluding satellite) was 97% nationally; 100% in urban areas and 84% in rural
- The percentage of subscribers with download speeds
of 5 megabits per second or more increased by 5% reaching 67% in 2013.
- The average number of gigabytes downloaded per month
by residential service subscribers increased by 57% between 2012 and 2013,
rising from 28.4 to 44.8 gigabytes.
- The market share of independent providers increased,
from 9% in 2012 to 10% in 2013.
The number of residential telephone
lines dropped by 6%, a decrease from 12 million in 2012 to 11.2 million in 2013.
Revenues and expenditures
- The revenues generated by the wireless service industry
grew to $21.2 billion, a 3.8% increase over 2012.
- The revenues generated by the Internet service industry
grew to $8.1 billion, a 7.1% increase over 2012.
- The revenues generated by the wireline voice communication
industry dropped to $10.6 billion, a 4.5% decrease from 2012.
- In 2013, telecommunication compagnies allocated $9.2
billion to capital expenditures for maintaining, improving or expanding networks.
"The second part of the Communications
Monitoring Report addresses the state of the Canadian telecommunications industry,
and contains data that could be of great use when we initiate our hearing on wholesale
mobile wireless services. With over 28 million subscribers and representing 46%
of the total revenues of telecommunication services in Canada, wireless services are the core of the Canadian telecommunications
Jean-Pierre Blais, CRTC Chairman