How the CRTC could kill Netflix in Canada – All in the name of ‘modernizing’ broadcasting


by Peter Menzies

the HUB

November 17, 2023

Canada’s content czars are stuck in the past and trying to drag everyone back with them

Vicky Eatrides, Chairperson and CEO of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), right, and Scott Hutton, Chief of Consumer, Research and Communications of the CRTC wait to appear before the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (PACP) on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023. Spencer Colby/The Canadian Press.

Next week, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) will go live with its efforts to wrestle the internet and those who stream upon it into submission. Whether it fully understands the risks remains unclear.

There are 127 parties scheduled to appear before a panel of commissioners at a public hearing in Gatineau starting November 20. The tone-setting opening act will be Pierre-Karl Peladeau’s always-scrappy Quebecor while the UFC will throw the final punches before the curtain drops three weeks later.

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