Etan Vlessing

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Shaw Media orders fourth season of Vikings for History

Television

The History series will shoot an unspecified number of new episodes in spring 2015.



Canadian cord-cutting rose sharply in 2014: Report

Research

Major Canadian TV providers last year lost a record 65,000 TV subscribers, Boon Dog Professional Service’s latest research reveals.



BCE loses appeals court bid to retain mobile TV pricing

Mobile

The Federal Court of Appeal in a March 23 decision said “Bell has not established that it will suffer irreparable harm” if the mobile TV service is banned until the case is heard.



CRTC orders a la carte cable, $25 skinny basic

Television

The landmark shift to pure pick and pay and build-your-own cable packages comes as the expected regulatory unbundling of Canadian TV gets underway.



CRTC rules for Rogers Media in GamePlus app complaint

Digital

The regulator said Rogers’ subscriber-only hockey game camera angles do not breach anti-competition rules for exclusive content.



Let’s Talk TV decisions signal altered specialty landscape

DigitalTelevision

Genre protection is being removed and competition encouraged by the CRTC.



Bell Media to roadblock Orphan Black premiere

Television

The season’s opening episode will debut simultaneously on Space, CTV, Bravo and MTV.



Quebecor sees fourth quarter loss, despite higher revenues

DigitalPrintTelevision

The Quebec media giant posted a net loss of $59.5 million, compared to a profit of $300,000 in Q4 2013.



Court orders Bell to pay $137M to Videotron, TVA

Television

Satellite TV service Bell ExpressVu, a subsidiary of Bell, must pay compensation for failing to effectively fight piracy of its signals between 1999 and 2005, the Quebec Court of Appeal ruled.



Shaw Media orders third season of Chopped Canada

Television

The latest cycle includes a first-time, five-episode competition for teen chefs.