Crossposted from OpenMedia.ca:
While there has been considerable apprehension over Shaw’s demand for online streaming services to be regulated by the CRTC, Netflix is already two steps ahead in maintaining their competitive edge. The service has been accused of having an unfair advantage over conventional broadcasters thanks to the CRTC’s long-standing policy of not regulating Internet content. Rather than fight these accusations, Netflix has simply opted to do something that our conventional broadcasters would likely never do in an unregulated environment: willingly add a significant amount of Canadian content to their line-up.
Netflix, an online streaming service for movies and television shows which is often touted as being more convenient than piracy, has finally launched in Canada. It can be accessed by anyone with the exception of those who made the unfortunate choice of purchasing an Xbox360.
BCE Inc. has stated its intentions to purchase major Canadian commercial broadcaster CTV for $5.3 billion. Combined with Shaw’s bid to purchase CanWest Global in its entirety and Rogers’ recent acquisition of CityTV stations across the country, this news definitively ensures the destruction of local television in Canada forever.