An interesting read abou the future of TV in Canada
Special to The Globe and Mail
In an effort to force Canada’s telecom companies to declutter their “skinny basic” cable packages, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) recently announced that instead of the standard, seven-year licence, cable companies will receive a one-year renewal.
Given that cable delivery of TV is being disrupted by Internet delivery – what’s known as “over-the-top” content – could the “skinny licence renewal” be a big, fat diversion from more fundamental reasons for a one-year licence? Big disruptions tend to progress exponentially, not linearly, meaning their impact doubles every year or so. As often observed about transformative change, it happens very slowly, then all at once. In this climate, renewing TV licences for seven years could be like renewing for 128 (seven doublings of one).
Here are seven speculations about what issues might be at play in the one-year renewal, and why the CRTC might just be offering a policy version of a red herring:
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Cable TV is about to be disrupted, and the CRTC knows it - The Globe and Mail