The regulatory regime treats Netflix differently, exempting digital media from Canadian content quotas and funding — and no one can agree on how to fix it –
Netflix Inc. has the largest primetime television audience in Canada. It has the most subscribers of any TV service provider. But apparently nothing tops its capacity to exasperate the entire broadcasting industry.
The crux of their frustration is that the regulatory regime treats Netflix differently since it exempts digital media endeavours from the Canadian content quotas and funding requirements traditional broadcasters must obey.
This regulatory disparity is why the industry is making much ado about Netflix and other online streaming services as the broadcast regulator plots the future of audio and video distribution in Canada — a task it must complete on a tight deadline.
Emily Jackson -Financial Post – March 7, 2018.