Monday, June 13, 2011

CRTC chief talks legislation for services such as Netflix

Konrad von Finckenstein, the chairman of the federal broadcasting regulator, has raised the possibility of legislation to deal with the onslaught of so-called over-the-top services such as Netflix, Google TV and Apple TV. Pointing to research that shows Netflix – which became available in Canada last September – was by March responsible for 13.5 per cent of downstream Internet traffic during peak hours, von Finckenstein said it’s “obviously a huge issue” that needs to be explored. The OTT services are available at low cost and are not required to program Canadian content or contribute to its creation. Last week, a Netflix spokesman told The Globe and Mail that it expects to reach one million subscribers in Canada by this summer, exceeding the company’s earlier estimates. He spoke at the Banff World Media Festival.

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