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The Start-Up Visa Program: Wooing International Technology Entrepreneurs

Within any six month period from 2013 to 2018, a maximum annual allotment of 2750 international entrepreneurs could have the opportunity to access Canadian venture capital or angel funds and move their families to our home and native land through Canada’s new Start-Up Visa Program. The program was launched on April 1, 2013 and touted... Read More »

Little Antennas, Big Questions – How Aereo is Disrupting US Broadcast System

Have you heard about Aereo yet? It’s a US company that manufactures tiny antennas and apps, and it’s ruffling a lot of feathers over at the major US networks even though it’s only been offering its services in New York City for a year now, and in Boston for just a matter of days. —A closer... Read More »

The Netflix Effect in Canada

Authors Peter H. Miller and Randal Rudniski introduced the “Market Impact and Indicators of Over the Top Television in Canada: 2012” report they wrote for the CRTC in March 2012 with the following observation: “Barely a day – and certainly not a week – goes by without an announcement or pronouncement on something to do with competitive online... Read More »

Netflix and the Halo Effect: Retention and Conversion, the Numbers that Count

This post is the follow-up of the analysis initiated in Netflix: more than a House of Cards, published on February 15, 2013. A couple of weeks ago, Netflix published its 1st quarter results for 2013, without disclosing stats on its subscriber viewing habits – in keeping with its usual practice. These results, which exceeded forecasts, confirmed... Read More »

Content Creation on YouTube – Original Channels Strategy Moves Forward

Organizers of the latest MIPTV event invited YouTube to present the new channels it has recently launched around the world. They took the opportunity to explain the group’s strategy when it comes to content creation. An overview of successful channels supported by YouTube “Our Original Online Content Screenings (presented by YouTube) are intended to show... Read More »

Netflix: More than a House of Cards

The analysis initiated in this post continues on Netflix and the Halo Effect: Retention and conversion, the numbers that count, published on May 20, 2013. The widely anticipated Netflix original series “House of Cards” was finally released online February 1, 2013. The show, directed by David Fincher and starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, will... Read More »

2012 TRENDS: Behold, the resurrection of publishing

(Read introduction: Coming up next, review of the 2012 media trends.) The extraordinary success of the iPad has generated unexpected spinoffs for the market; not since the onset of the “tablet revolution” had one of the devices truly captured the public’s interest. Still, as of the second quarter of 2011, the use of tablets seemed confined... Read More »

2012 TRENDS: Your virtual wallet

(Read introduction: Coming up next, review of the 2012 media trends.) During the last quarter of 2011, competition in the new (and highly lucrative) mobile payment market intensified in North America, with Google launching its Google Wallet service in the U.S. in September, and VISA, Master Card and PayPal following close behind with a range of mobile... Read More »

2012 TRENDS: An avalanche of data

(Read introduction: Coming up next, review of the 2012 media trends.) The avalanche of data available to companies who operate in the digital sector and the performance measurement of their projects will be a major issue in 2012.  All of the experts, whether their specialty is interactivity, mobility, social media, or online video, agree on one... Read More »

2012 TRENDS: Connected TV: evolution, not revolution

(Read introduction: Coming up next, review of the 2012 media trends.) Unquestionably, over-the-top (OTT) services grabbed the attention of the Canadian broadcast industry in 2011.  The CRTC led (and continues to monitor the trend) a series of  consultations with the industry to examine the potential impact the arrival of players such as Netflix will have on Canadian content... Read More »

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