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Competition Bureau supports CRTC’s proposal on video‑on‑demand

April 27, 2015 — OTTAWA, ON — Competition Bureau

The Competition Bureau welcomes the Canadian Radio‑television and Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC) proposed model for video‑on‑demand services as beneficial to Canadian consumers.

The CRTC proposal would allow consumers to purchase online video‑on‑demand services without also being required to purchase additional services—such as a TV service or an Internet connection—from a specific service provider.

The Bureau is of the view that the proposed model benefits consumers by encouraging greater competition and providing increased choice and flexibility in how video content is viewed and obtained.

These views were provided to the CRTC today as part of a call for comments on proposed amendments to the exemption order for video‑on‑demand undertakings and to the standard conditions of licence for video‑on‑demand undertakings.

Quick facts

  • Under the CRTC’s new hybrid video‑on‑demand service category, Canadian video‑on‑demand services will be able to compete on an equal footing with online video services (such as Netflix) and under a lighter regulatory regime, as long as they are available to all Canadians over the Internet. This means that Canadians would not need to have a TV subscription in order to access these services.
  • As part of its mandate, the Bureau participates in a wide range of activities to promote and advocate the benefits of a competitive marketplace, both in Canada and abroad.
  • Greater competition generally leads to lower prices for consumers, as well as more consumer choice, a wider range of service options and increased innovation.

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