CRTC Wants Internet Providers, Netflix to Contribute $$$ to Canadian Content

It’s not clear exactly how the CRTC will compel new players such as Netflix to participate in the new system

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Canada’s broadcast regulator wants internet providers, wireless carriers and streaming services such as Netflix Inc. to pitch in for Canadian content as more consumers access music and video online, a controversial proposal that could increase internet bills.

In a report released Thursday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission recommended legislation that “clearly and explicitly” requires “equitable contributions” from any audio or video service provider — whether it’s foreign or local, traditional or new — that makes money in Canada from providing access to content. Contributions would be tailored to each provider and could be non-monetary.

The report, prepared at the government’s request after months of consultation, grapples with disruption to the traditional broadcasting system. As it stands, broadcasters and television providers contribute a percentage of revenue to made-in-Canada programming. But cash from these sources has dwindled due to stagnating advertising and subscription revenues as consumers increasingly forgo television packages to access content over the internet.

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Published on June 1, 2018 at 8:57 am by clockwatcher

Comments

June 1, 2018 - 12:57 pm

Sean

Not going to happen.Canada needs Netflix more than they need us.


June 2, 2018 - 2:20 pm

News watcher

One way or another there will be a Netflix tax in Canada … it is inevitable. It may be “voluntary” and in the form of a bulk donation by Netflix but the cost will be passed through to customers.


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