Posted by David Christopher on Friday, March 7, 2014 - 00:14
Big Telecom is running scared of cord-cutters - and is doing what it takes to block them from watching their favourite shows online. It looks like Rogers is even planning to block Canadians from watching Hockey Night online. They want to trap Canadians in expensive and outdated service plans - and they’re using their power and control to do so. It’s not too late to push back by telling decision-makers at the CRTC to put Canadians first when it comes to our digital future.
Have you cut the cord from your television service recently - or are you considering it? If so, you’ve probably noticed it’s getting more difficult to watch the content you want online. The reason is clear - Big Telecom is terrified of cord-cutters and is determined to do what it takes to trap Canadians in their expensive TV service plans.
For example, it looks like Bell is blocking the growing number of cord-cutters - including our own Steve Anderson - from being able to CTV content like the Daily Show online. Bell owns CTV and they’ve introduced strict blocking mechanisms to stop many Canadians from watching the channel online. Even subscribers to non-Bell cable TV providers are getting blocked online. If you subscribe to CTV through Shaw or Telus, you’re out of luck. Sound fair to you? Read more »
Posted by Danielle Gannon on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 00:21
Ottawa has blocked telecom giants Bell and Rogers from gobbling up even more scarce and valuable wireless spectrum. Let's keep up the pressure on Industry Minister Moore to rein in Big Telecom at https://openmedia.ca/gatekeepers
Article by Christine Dobby for Financial Post
TORONTO – Ottawa has blocked a bid by two of Canada’s largest wireless carriers to scoop up more cellular airwaves, taking the opportunity again to drive home its policy on the industry. Read more »
Posted by David Christopher on Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 23:06
It looks like the Big Three telecom giants are fighting hard to maintain their stranglehold over our wireless market, and over Canadians’ wallets. The Big Three have been on the back foot since pressure from tens of thousands of Canadians won positive new customer protection rules last year, along with a clear government commitment to increase choice and lower prices.
Now Big Telecom is pushing back. They’re sitting on huge piles of cash after years of price-gouging Canadians with some of the highest prices in the industrialized world. It seems they’ve been using that money to hire expensive Ottawa lobbyists to pressure the government. Read more »
Posted by Danielle Gannon on Monday, February 24, 2014 - 10:50
Guest blog by OpenMedia volunteer Micaela Evans
Many Canadians in recent years have made a significant change in their lives, affecting how, when, and where they receive their visual media. More and more people, as each year passes, have slowly made the change from paying for cable TV, to accessing the shows they follow and the news they want to watch, on other digital platforms.
How many people today still pay for cable TV, yet find themselves leaving their TV turned off all too often? The answer; many. Even if we still pay for cable TV, odds are we supplement it with our Facebook news feeds, which showcase current events and viral videos, and also with services such as Netflix or Hulu. Read more »
Posted by Josh Tabish on Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 22:08
Let’s be honest: in the face of an increasing number of innovative online digital services such as Netflix, traditional TV really has to step it up.
And, for a long time now, it’s been clear that the telecom giants weren’t going to do it on their own. But, thanks to sustained pressure from Canadians everywhere, it appears that there’s hope for the future of digital services in Canada – but we have a few things we need to nail down first.
Back in October, the government gave its Speech From the Throne, in which it promised to mandate a pick-and-pay option for satellite and cable TV delivery (among other promises for our digital economy). This means that traditional channel “bundles” will be “unbundled” so that Canadians can pay for the channels they want without having to pay for the channels they don’t. This could mean lower bills and greater control for Canadians everywhere. In response, the CRTC has even launched a consultation on the future of digital services to determine exactly what Canadians need going forward. Read more »
Competition Bureau submission amounts to independent confirmation that the Big Three telecom giants are using their power and control to block Canadians from independent wireless options.
Responding to today's Competition Bureau submission to the CRTC consultation on domestic wireless roaming rates, OpenMedia.ca Executive Director Steve Anderson said:
"Today's Competition Bureau submission amounts to independent confirmation that the Big Three telecom giants are using their power and control to block Canadians from independent wireless options. This is keeping prices ridiculously high and holding back our economy and our country." Read more »