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Trendscape is also a window on CMF's employees. Through much of their hardwork and expertise, they contribute in creating a better understanding on the challenges and issues faced by the broadcasting system. The following entry is authored by Neal McDougall, Policy Analyst at the Canada Media Fund. Neal  has researched and shaped the policies and programs of the funding agency, as well as its predecessor, the Canadian Television...
And that’s something no one will argue with.One thing has been clear since the beginning of this year’s festival: the arrival of Netflix in Canada is a major concern for many Canadian producers and broadcasters. It is consequently unsurprising that the session In conversation with Ted Sarandos: The Netflix Effect in Canada, was one of the most popular – there...
Even if according to Duncan Stewart over-the-top content (OTT) does not represent an immediate threat to linear television, many in the Canadian industry are worried by the impact of Netflix and other Google TVs on our cultural landscape. Six key players participated in a heated discussion around these concerns on Monday.  Moderated by Telus’ Michael Hennessy, the panel OTT Services: The Future of...
The panel OTT Services: The Future of Television allowed us to hear how newcomers see their role in the Canadian landscape. David Hyman from Netflix, Donagh O'Malley from GoogleTVand Avner Ronen from Boxee all had things to say about how they see their contribution to the industry. "We are NOT a cord-cutting device," insisted Donagh O’Malley from Google TV.  "And we are NOT a content provider. ...
The man who knows The Banff World Festival kicked off yesterday with a series of inspiring sessions, amongst which Duncan Stewart’s highly anticipated nextMEDIA Tech, Media and Telecom Predictions. Duncan Stewart is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading researchers and « futurists ».  Each year, he and his virtual team of about 7000 experts around the world establish what they consider to...