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  • U.S. TV networks may abandon unbundled Canadian cable for online
    Tuesday October 14th 2014

    Some major U.S. television networks say they’ll pull out of Canada or consider streaming all their content online if a proposal to unbundle Canadian cable packages and let customers pay for a few select channels goes ahead. Under a system known as “pick-and-pay” that the CRTC is considering allowing, users might be able to custom-make a package of cable channels that appeal to them, and not have to pay for any others. It sounds like an appealing prospect to some consumers, but U.S. television networks that make some of the most popular television shows in Canada say if it comes to pass, they might just bypass Canada’s airwaves altogether. “Mandating pick-and-pay will reduce revenues and increase costs of programming services, leading to less production, lower quality and the withdrawal of some programming services from the market,” said Keith Murphy of U.S. media giant Viacom, which supplies content to numerous channels that operate in Canada including BET, YTV, Spike, MTV and The Comedy Network.

  • Hockey Night In Canada still the crown jewel of NHL TV
    Tuesday October 14th 2014

    Canadian hockey fans won’t just be switching to different channels to get their fix this season. Rogers and the NHL have promised more games and more robust coverage than ever as part of a new $5.2-billion, 12-year television-rights deal. “Hockey Night In Canada” will have a new look, with George[…]

  • Pioneer of Canadian television: Tom Bird dies at 86
    Tuesday October 14th 2014

    Canadian television broadcasting has lost one of its pioneers with the death of Tom Bird this week. Bird was one of the first broadcasters to hit the airwaves on CTV London, back when it was CFPL-TV, more than 60 years ago. The former news reporter and long-time weather personality passed[…]

  • ProFusion 2014 – At the Forefront of Imaging Technology
    Thursday October 09th 2014

    By TO411 Staff Writer Daisy MacLean After last year’s record breaking turnout, ProFusion, Canada’s premiere pro imaging tradeshow, has moved into Toronto’s Metro Convention Centre and Vistek VP Kevin Parker promises that 2014 will be the biggest and best yet: ”The new venue is absolutely spectacular. It gives our impressive[…]

  • Sony in Talks to Buy High-Priced Robin Hood Project
    Tuesday October 07th 2014

    In one heck of an eye-popping move, Sony is in the midst of making a seven-figure deal to buy a pitch centering on Robin Hood. Cory Goodman and Jeremy Lott are behind the pitch, which is titled Hood. The figure for the deal, according to sources, is $1 million against $2 million, while producer deals are still being negotiated. One reason for the high price is that the pitch involves the magic words “universe” and “Avengers.” The plan is to make a series of movies focusing on the outlaw archer and his band of Merry Men: Little John, Friar Tuck and Will Scarlett. One could say they were the superhero team of England’s Middle Ages.

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  • U.S. TV networks may abandon unbundled Canadian cable for online
    Tuesday October 14th 2014

    Some major U.S. television networks say they’ll pull out of Canada or consider streaming all their content online if a proposal to unbundle Canadian cable packages and let customers pay for a few select channels goes ahead. Under a system known as “pick-and-pay” that the CRTC is considering allowing, users might be able to custom-make a package of cable channels that appeal to them, and not have to pay for any others. It sounds like an appealing prospect to some consumers, but U.S. television networks that make some of the most popular television shows in Canada say if it comes to pass, they might just bypass Canada’s airwaves altogether. “Mandating pick-and-pay will reduce revenues and increase costs of programming services, leading to less production, lower quality and the withdrawal of some programming services from the market,” said Keith Murphy of U.S. media giant Viacom, which supplies content to numerous channels that operate in Canada including BET, YTV, Spike, MTV and The Comedy Network.

  • Hockey Night In Canada still the crown jewel of NHL TV
    Tuesday October 14th 2014

    Canadian hockey fans won’t just be switching to different channels to get their fix this season. Rogers and the NHL have promised more games and more robust coverage than ever as part of a new $5.2-billion, 12-year television-rights deal. “Hockey Night In Canada” will have a new look, with George[…]

  • Pioneer of Canadian television: Tom Bird dies at 86
    Tuesday October 14th 2014

    Canadian television broadcasting has lost one of its pioneers with the death of Tom Bird this week. Bird was one of the first broadcasters to hit the airwaves on CTV London, back when it was CFPL-TV, more than 60 years ago. The former news reporter and long-time weather personality passed[…]

  • ProFusion 2014 – At the Forefront of Imaging Technology
    Thursday October 09th 2014

    By TO411 Staff Writer Daisy MacLean After last year’s record breaking turnout, ProFusion, Canada’s premiere pro imaging tradeshow, has moved into Toronto’s Metro Convention Centre and Vistek VP Kevin Parker promises that 2014 will be the biggest and best yet: ”The new venue is absolutely spectacular. It gives our impressive[…]

  • Sony in Talks to Buy High-Priced Robin Hood Project
    Tuesday October 07th 2014

    In one heck of an eye-popping move, Sony is in the midst of making a seven-figure deal to buy a pitch centering on Robin Hood. Cory Goodman and Jeremy Lott are behind the pitch, which is titled Hood. The figure for the deal, according to sources, is $1 million against $2 million, while producer deals are still being negotiated. One reason for the high price is that the pitch involves the magic words “universe” and “Avengers.” The plan is to make a series of movies focusing on the outlaw archer and his band of Merry Men: Little John, Friar Tuck and Will Scarlett. One could say they were the superhero team of England’s Middle Ages.

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Archives for: October 20145
  • U.S. TV networks may abandon unbundled Canadian cable for online
    Tuesday October 14th 2014

    Some major U.S. television networks say they’ll pull out of Canada or consider streaming all their content online if a proposal to unbundle Canadian cable packages and let customers pay for a few select channels goes ahead. Under a system known as “pick-and-pay” that the CRTC is considering allowing, users might be able to custom-make a package of cable channels that appeal to them, and not have to pay for any others. It sounds like an appealing prospect to some consumers, but U.S. television networks that make some of the most popular television shows in Canada say if it comes to pass, they might just bypass Canada’s airwaves altogether. “Mandating pick-and-pay will reduce revenues and increase costs of programming services, leading to less production, lower quality and the withdrawal of some programming services from the market,” said Keith Murphy of U.S. media giant Viacom, which supplies content to numerous channels that operate in Canada including BET, YTV, Spike, MTV and The Comedy Network.

  • Hockey Night In Canada still the crown jewel of NHL TV
    Tuesday October 14th 2014

    Canadian hockey fans won’t just be switching to different channels to get their fix this season. Rogers and the NHL have promised more games and more robust coverage than ever as part of a new $5.2-billion, 12-year television-rights deal. “Hockey Night In Canada” will have a new look, with George[…]

  • Pioneer of Canadian television: Tom Bird dies at 86
    Tuesday October 14th 2014

    Canadian television broadcasting has lost one of its pioneers with the death of Tom Bird this week. Bird was one of the first broadcasters to hit the airwaves on CTV London, back when it was CFPL-TV, more than 60 years ago. The former news reporter and long-time weather personality passed[…]

  • ProFusion 2014 – At the Forefront of Imaging Technology
    Thursday October 09th 2014

    By TO411 Staff Writer Daisy MacLean After last year’s record breaking turnout, ProFusion, Canada’s premiere pro imaging tradeshow, has moved into Toronto’s Metro Convention Centre and Vistek VP Kevin Parker promises that 2014 will be the biggest and best yet: ”The new venue is absolutely spectacular. It gives our impressive[…]

  • Sony in Talks to Buy High-Priced Robin Hood Project
    Tuesday October 07th 2014

    In one heck of an eye-popping move, Sony is in the midst of making a seven-figure deal to buy a pitch centering on Robin Hood. Cory Goodman and Jeremy Lott are behind the pitch, which is titled Hood. The figure for the deal, according to sources, is $1 million against $2 million, while producer deals are still being negotiated. One reason for the high price is that the pitch involves the magic words “universe” and “Avengers.” The plan is to make a series of movies focusing on the outlaw archer and his band of Merry Men: Little John, Friar Tuck and Will Scarlett. One could say they were the superhero team of England’s Middle Ages.

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