CanCon Contributions & Quotas In a Digital Age

February 22, 2017

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CanCon Contributions & Quotas In a Digital Age
A complete guide to the regulations on the table in Heritage Canada’s review

As part of Heritage Canada’s review of Canadian content in a digital age, various parties are proposing changes to how digital services are regulated and taxed. Proposals for a “Netflix tax,” an Internet Service Provider (ISP) tax and extending the kind of regulations that are currently in place for traditional TV to streaming services have been floated, drawing both support and criticism.

In a constantly changing industry where companies can be streaming services, ISPs and traditional broadcasters and TV service providers all at once, the impact of such changes will be complex. This report is the most comprehensive — but concise — primer you’ll find on the subject.

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Introduction...................................................... 1
Wire Report stories on the review and debate:
Joly says Canada leading international ‘conversation’ on OTT .................................... 5
Joly not afraid of change following cultural review ................................................ 7
Blais calls out demands for ‘political interference’ with CRTC ................................. 8
Reform tax laws, tweak CBC to bolster media landscape: PPF ................................... 9
Canadians don’t want CanCon funding passed down to subscribers: report ............. 10
ISP tax a good idea, former CRTC chair says..................................................... 11
Avoid ISP tax, tweak CanCon rules, companies say in Heritage review ................ 12
Canadians favour funding for international CanCon success: PIAC poll .........................
14 Canada part of int’l talks on taxing foreign digital services.............................................. 16
News, video games, VR should be eligible for CanCon funding: Rogers......................... 17
Rescind digital media exemption order: ACTRA............................................... 18
CMPA asks for CanCon contributions from OTT, ISPs............................................. 19
Netflix tells gov’t it plays positive role in Canadian productions .................................. 20
ISP tax possible as part of CanCon review, Joly says ...................................................... 21
Google not ‘grabbing’ media revenue, VP tells MPs................................................. 22
Any CanCon ISP tax should consider ‘economic consequences’: CNOC lawyer .... 23
Create new government agency for CanCon: report ............................................ 24
Netflix should pay taxes: CUPE .................... 25
Que. music industry wants CanCon rules for streaming services, ISPs ......................... 26
NDP’s Nantel digging for CanCon consult details .......................................................... 27
Industry, public disagree on biggest threats to CanCon: Heritage .................................... 28
Canada ‘falling behind’ countries with Netflix tax: think tank .................................... 29
CanCon review panel announcement draws mixed reaction .................................. 30
Tax, content requirements for foreign OTT not included in Heritage review..................... 31
Canadian support for CanCon doesn’t extend to online media: poll.......................... 32
Tax all digital services or none, committee hears............................................................ 33
Lose focus on CanCon, say think tank authors ........................................................ 34
'Heritage’s CanCon review could take a decade to play out, panel hears ................... 35
Sweeping government review to include CRTC, Broadcast Act, CanCon.................... 37
Harper comes out against ‘Netflix tax’ in video ........................................................ 39
Regulating Netflix the least of CRTC’s concerns: Blais ............................................ 40
EU countries could be next for regulator-Netflix conflict............................................... 42
Mulcair denounces Glover statements on Netflix regulation........................................... 44
CRTC to remove Netflix, Google input from Talk TV process.................................... 45
Government blamed for CRTC predicament on Netflix ................................. 47
CRTC in tough spot after Netflix refuses to disclose: experts ...................................... 49
Context around OTT in Canada: 75% of anglophones subscribe to TV service: MTM ............................................... 51
Amazon little threat to Netflix, Crave for now: analyst................................................. 52
Few boomers have cut the cord: MTM......... 54
Netflix downloads bad sign for telecoms: Desjardins .................................................... 55
Bell Media ‘comfortable’ with Crave, president tells CRTC .................................... 56
Anglophones spend two thirds of time on Netflix on TV content: MTM.......................... 58
Cord-cutting accelerates despite skinny basic: Boon Dog .......................................... 59
Bell announces 1M+ CraveTV subs, Fibe on Apple TV ................................................. 60
Millennials spend 30 hours a week online: MTM ................................................. 61
CraveTV profitability still uncertain after Shomi exit: Desjardins.................................. 62
Shomi had 900,000 subs, company says..... 63
As Shomi shuts down, experts point to strong competition in OTT ............................ 64
10% confused over definition of OTT: MTM .................................................... 66
CraveTV gained 100,000 subs after launching as standalone............................... 67
SVOD revenues to double by 2021: Juniper......................................................... 68
Telecoms’ TV revenues declined last year: CRTC .................................................. 69
Anglophone TV subs fall to 73%: MTM......... 70
20% of Canadians don’t subscribe to TV: MTM ...................................................... 71
23.7% of Canadian households don’t subscribe to TV: report ................................. 72
How could the Netflix proxy ban affect Canadian OTT?............................................ 73
Online-only TV viewing on rise: MTM ............ 75
OTT usage up 32 per cent from last year: MTM.................................................... 76
TV subscription rate down to 77%: MTM ..... 77
Telecoms’ TV customer losses up five-fold in 2015......................................................... 78
Related Stories from the Lobby Monitor: Canadian Media Producers Association heads to the Hill before Prime Time conference ................................................... 79
Focus on Creators campaign urges the feds to update its regulations on creative content ........................................................ 81
Day at the Registry: Environics picks up video streaming giant Netflix......................... 82
Related stories from The Hill Times: Newspapers seek federal help, major lobbying push made in recent months.......... 83
Digital Cancon review: be wary of old whine in new bottles............................................... 85
Will Joly’s CanCon sweeping review push back changes already underway in TV sector?......................................................... 86
The birth of global internet TV....................... 88