Why The CRTC Showdown with Netflix Was All For Show

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2014

Peter Nowak calls it all a surreal bit of political theatre

PETER NOWAK FOR CANADIAN BUSINESS

While Peter Nowak penned this before Netflix brushed off the CRTC’s demands, this essay speaks to how political this debate can be. his most salient point comes at end when he says this debate was more for Rogers, Bell and their ilk than it was for the Canadian people.

Jean-Pierre Blais

That was quite the display of political theatre with theCRTC and Netflix the other day.

Appearing at the regulator’s “Let’s Talk TV” hearings, the streaming company caused a stir when it refused to supply requested subscriber and revenue numbers, causing the CRTC chairman and commissioners to storm out to talk amongst themselves. In regulatory land, that’s akin to a riot breaking out.

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  1. Peter is right about one thing: there would have been metaphoric blood in the streets, mine mingled among it, and I`m not even a Netflix subscriber! The unmitigated, self important gall. Bravo to Netflix for telling the CRTC to kiss their Royal Canadian Ass, or something.

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