Canada column for Sunday, Sept. 28/14
THE CANADIAN REPORT
(c) By Jim Fox
Executive of Netflix, the U.S.-based online-video service, have refused to turn over corporate information to Canada’s broadcast regulator.
As well, domestic satellite and cable companies are asking the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) not to leave them at a competitive disadvantage with services such as Netflix charging just $8.99 a month.
The CRTC is taking a comprehensive review of how Canadian consumers should receive their TV programming and how they’ll pay for it in the future.
Media giants Bell and Rogers say there needs to be regulatory reforms encouraging the production of more high-quality Canadian content.
An issue is forcing TV service providers to offer their customers television channels on a pick-and-pay basis instead of the expense of current bundles that include channels not as popular or lucrative.
The CRTC is also asking Canadians to consider whether it should cap the cost of basic service at between $20 and $30 a month.
Netflix and other video services have rejected proposals that would regulate them and force them to pay to prop up Canadian TV production.