Let's Talk TV: Canada Enters a Brave New Video World

Let's Talk TV: Canada Enters a Brave New Video World

This IDC Insight examines the recent landmark "Let's Talk TV" decisions resulting from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's sweeping regulatory review of the Canadian television sector. This document focuses on the most anticipated announcement, which mandates a required "skinny basic" package with pick-and-pay channel choices for Canadian consumers, that will have the most impact on the Canadian broadcast system and also summarizes the package of related decisions as well as the reactions to them and their potential impacts.

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IDC Opinion
In This Insight
Situation Overview
Let's Talk TV
Skinny Basic Packages and Pick-and-Pay Channels
Consumer Impacts
Rationale for Pick and Pay
U.S. Players Watching Canadian Ruling
Video on Demand
Impact on Basic Cable ARPU
Canadian BDU Reactions Varied
Other Let's Talk TV Outcomes
Simultaneous Substitution
Canadian Content
New Hybrid VOD Exemption
Preponderance Rule
Genre Protection
OTA Transmissions
Cancellation Policies
Video Wholesale
Multiplex Services and HBO
Netflix and "International" Video Stream Services
Future Outlook
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Related Research
Table: Canadian Carrier TV/Internet ARPU and Prices (C$)
Figure: CRTC Road map to Greater Video Choice and Affordability

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