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September 30, 2014

Sling Media Launches Powerful "TV Anywhere" Products For Canadian Customers

Slingbox M1 and SlingTV are Available Today from Leading Retail Partners Including Best Buy, Future Shop and London Drugs

FOSTER CITY, Calif., Sept. 30, 2014 /CNW/ -- Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation(NASDAQ: SATS), has introduced two new retail products for the Canadian market: Slingbox® M1 and SlingTV™. Replacing the award-winning Slingbox 350 and 500 models, these products deliver a no compromise TV Anywhere experience giving customers the ability to watch all of their programming on the most popular mobile devices, in up to HD quality, anywhere in the world. In addition SlingTV delivers the power of a Slingbox combined with new "Smarter TV" features designed to enhance the TV viewing experience in the living room.

Slingbox M1
With a suggested retail price (MSRP) of $179.99 CAD, the new Slingbox M1 is the most affordable Slingbox that Sling Media has ever produced. It is designed for mainstream users who want to have remote access to all of their home TV channels, shows, and DVR content on personal computers, tablets and phones.  The Slingbox M1 is offered in a compact, unassuming form factor that fits easily into an entertainment system. In addition, the Slingbox M1 integrates WiFi for simple and flexible set-up and use.

Slingbox M1 features include:

·         Dual-band 2.4/5Ghz WiFi connectivity and Ethernet port

·         Absolutely no monthly fees for the Slingbox M1 or SlingTV

·         Watch and control live TV on a tablet, phone, PC or Mac

·         Easy and quick setup and playback via PC/Mac desktop, iPhone, iPad and Android phone apps

·         Watch on a second TV anywhere via Apple TV®, Chromecast® and Roku®

·         Play and schedule DVR recordings

·         Component and composite input/output

SlingTV
Powered by Slingbox 500 hardware, SlingTV is a powerful Slingbox that allows customers to access their pay TV channels (live or recorded) on a personal computer, tablet or mobile phone at home or anywhere in the world a network connection is available. In addition, SlingTV is designed to make the living room TV experience more enjoyable and powerful by turning the television to which SlingTV is connected into a "Smarter TV" without having to purchase a new TV or pay for a set-top box upgrade. SlingTV has a suggested retail price (MSRP) of $329.99 CAD.

SlingTV utilizes cover-art tiles similar to Slingplayer for iPad's Media Gallery to give customers a visual interface on the TV screen in the living room. Customers can now discover more of their existing pay TV programming in an easy-to-navigate interface with SlingTV's state-of-the-art programming gallery. This new interface provides filtered show recommendations based on popularity, reviews and social activity designed to enhance the existing pay TV experience for customers and introduce them to shows, sports, movies or children's programming that they may not have otherwise known about.

SlingTV features include:

·         New on-screen TV main menu powered by the included SlingTV remote

·         Soft remote built into Slingplayer for iPhone or Android phone apps

·         Gallery View

o    A visual interface to easily find and select a show to watch

o    Filter by popular, favorite channels, sports, movies, kids programming, etc. currently airing, upcoming and in primetime

o    Rotten Tomatoes® ratings for all movies in Movies filter

o    Big screen TV scoreboard and channel guide. See all the scores and stats without changing the channel

o    Find out who's playing, the score and the channel it's airing on in a visual, easily navigated interface

·         Details View

·         Get detailed game stats in real-time for fantasy fanatics

·         Integrated Thuuz™ excitement ratings tell you when to tune into a game based on the score, the match-up, dynamic game momentum changes, etc.

·         Movie and TV episode details

"Once again, Sling Media is totally redefining 'TV Anywhere' both in the living room and on remote devices with the introduction of the Slingbox M1 and SlingTV," says Michael Hawkey, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Sling Media.  "Customers interested in a no strings attached entertainment experience using the most popular devices in the most places will be delighted by the affordability and features of the Slingbox M1 while SlingTV significantly enhances the living room TV experience in addition to being a world class Slingbox."

Slingbox M1 and SlingTV are available today in retail stores across Canada including Best Buy, Future Shop and London Drugs. For more information please go to http://sling.com/en-CA.

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September 30, 2014

Jason Priestley Joins the Celebration as Host of the 2014 Canada's Walk of Fame Tribute Show

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Priestley Adds to the Starpower of Previously Announced 2014 Honourees Including Louise Arbour, The Band, Jeff Healey, Rachel McAdams, Ryan Reynolds, Hayley Wickenheiser, and The Weeknd

TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2014 /CNW/ - Shaw Media and Canada's Walk of Fame are proud to welcome Jason Priestley as Host of the 2014 Canada's Walk of Fame Tribute Show, as announced by ET Canada. The beloved Actor and Director will emcee the star-studded, two-hour event airing on Friday, December 19 at 8 pm ET/PT on Global. Canada's Walk of Fame Tribute Show celebrates top-notch Canadians who have made a substantial contribution to Canadian culture, treats viewers to show-stopping performances, and showcases the incredible talent this country has to offer. Presenters and performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

"Jason is an exceptional talent and a very proud Canadian. We couldn't be more excited to have him at the helm of this year's Canada's Walk of Fame Tribute Show," said Barbara Williams, Executive VP, Broadcasting and President, Shaw Media. "His charisma and charm are the perfect complement to a broadcast that's all about celebrating the accomplishments of these outstanding Canadians."

Actor, Director, Producer and Author, Priestley has enjoyed a robust and diverse career in entertainment. Best known for playing the charming Brandon Walsh on Beverly Hills 90210, Priestley is a seasoned actor and has received multiple awards including a Canadian Screen Award for "Best Comedy Actor" in 2014 for his role on Call Me Fitz. His talent on screen translated to a passion behind the camera, spending a significant portion of his career directing numerous episodes of successful programs such as Rookie Blue, Saving Hope and Haven. He recently completed filming Zoom starring alongside Gael Garcia Bernal in Toronto. Priestley is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia.

"A true Canadian ambassador, consummate entertainer and beloved television icon, we're thrilled to welcome Jason Priestley as host of the 2014 Canada's Walk of Fame Tribute Show," said Melanie Hurley, CEO, Canada's Walk of Fame. "Never shy to express his homegrown pride and Canadian heritage, it's going to be an unforgettable night of celebration as we spotlight this year's inductees."

"I'm honoured to be hosting this year's Canada's Walk of Fame Tribute Show and excited to pay tribute to these exceptional inductees," said Priestley. "We have a lot to celebrate in this country, and a great show in store for Canadians – with a few tricks up our sleeves."

The following remarkable individuals will join Canada's Walk of Fame's long list of celebrated Canadians, bringing the total number of inductees to 157: Louise Arbour, Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and International Lawyer; The Band, Musicians; Jeff Healey, Musician; Rachel McAdams, Actor; Ryan Reynolds, Actor and Hayley Wickenheiser, Athlete.

In addition, the show honours The Weeknd, the recipient of the Allan Slaight Award. The 2014 Canada's Walk of Fame Tribute Show is held at Toronto's Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Saturday, October 18th.

The two-hour 2014 Canada's Walk of Fame Tribute Show honours a selection of internationally acclaimed Canadian visionaries for their lifetime achievements in music, sport, film, dance and television, as well as the literary, visual and performing arts, science and innovation. A limited number of tickets to the star-studded tribute show are available for purchase. To buy tickets, go to sonycentre.ca or call 1-855-872-SONY (1-855-872-7669). Canada's Walk of Fame is produced by Insight Productions.

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September 30, 2014

Witches, goblins and ghosts, oh my! Monstober returns to Family - MONTH-LONG HALLOWEEN LINEUP INCLUDES NEW SERIES, MOVIES AND SPECIALS

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TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2014 /CNW/ - Family Channel delivers the chills and thrills this October with the return of its annual month-long Halloween programming event. Complete with spell-binding new series, mischievous movie nights and shriek-tastic specials, this Monstober is set to be the most spook-tacular to date!

Monstober officially kicks off on Monday, October 6 with the premiere of Deadtime Stories. Based on the popular children's books, the spine-tingling series chronicles kids' spooky encounters, from hauntings to monsters to supernatural occurrences. In each episode, viewers are taken on ghastly adventures as "The Babysitter" (Jennifer Stone, Wizards of Waverly Place) shares stories from her collection of creepy tales. New episodes will air Mondays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT throughout the entire month.

Family Channel brews up a Halloween Night of Premieres on Wednesday, October 8 with a bewitching evening featuring supersized-pumpkins, mysterious hayrides and grueling ghost stories. 

Premieres for Wednesday, October 8:

·         I Didn't Do It – "Next Of Pumpkin" – 7 p.m. ET/PT: Delia grows a 10-foot pumpkin in hopes of beating her arch-nemesis, Great Granny Wrinkles, for the biggest pumpkin award.

·         Austin & Ally – "Horror Stories & Halloween Scares" – 7:30 p.m. ET/PT: When a power outage leaves Austin, Ally, Dez and Trish locked in Sonic Boom overnight on Halloween, they pass the time by seeing who can tell the scariest ghost story.

·         Deadtime Stories – "Invasion of the Appleheads" – 8 p.m. ET/PT: When Katie and Andy's parents disappear on a haunted hayride, the siblings realize that there's something rotten going on in Appleton – and only they can stop it.

A second Night of Premieres haunts the network on Friday, October 10; the eerie evening begins at 5 p.m. ET/PT with ahhh-mazing encores leading into two new episodes and concludes with the fan-favourite flick, Return to Halloweentown at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Premieres for Friday, October 10:

·         Liv and Maddie – "Helgaween-A-Rooney" – 6:30 p.m. ET/PT – The Rooney's Halloween celebration takes an unexpected turn when a magic amulet turns Liv and Maddie into triplets.

·         Girl Meets World – "Girl Meets World: Of Terror" – 7 p.m. ET/PT – The kids face a trilogy of terror when Riley has a sleepover at Maya's with her Gammy Hart (Charlotte Rae, Facts of Life) and pet ferret; Auggie confronts the monster under his bed; and Farkle tackles his most terrifying fear yet – playing softball.

It's a night of Howl-o-ween programming on Friday, October 17 with back-to-back episodes of Dog With A Blogbeginning at 6 p.m. ET/PT and the debut of a fang-tastic feature film, Vampire Dog.

Premieres for Friday, October 17:

·         Dog With A Blog – "Howloween 2: The Final Reckoning" – 6:30 p.m. ET/PT – When Ellen and Bennett overhear Stan talking, the kids go to great lengths to convince their parents the house is haunted to help keep Stan's secret.

·         Vampire Dog – 8 p.m. ET/PT – An enduring friendship forms when a boy unwittingly adopts a 600-year-old talking vampire dog named Fang (voiced by Norm MacDonald, The Middle). Together, they discover if they face their fears, they can do anything.

The ex-fear-ience continues on Friday, October 24 with a special extended "Night of the Living Dead"-inspired Phineas and Ferb featuring special guest stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, George Romero (Night of the Living Dead), Noah Wyle (ER) and Bella Thorne (Shake It Up). The boo-tiful evening also includes the premiere of the mysterious movie,Evermoor.

Premieres for Friday, October 24:

·         Gravity Falls – "Little Gift Shop of Horrors" – 6 p.m. ET/PT – In three separate mysterious tales, Stan is cursed by a Witch, Waddles (voiced by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey) accidentally eats a bowl of brain-enhancing jelly and builds a machine that allows him to speak for the first time, and Mabel faces her fear of Claymotion.

·         Phineas and Ferb – "Night of the Living Pharmacists" – 6:30 p.m. ET/PT – Doofenshmirtz's latest "-inator" accidentally turns the citizens of Danville into contagious Doof-zombies who run rampant all over town.

·         Evermoor – 8 p.m. ET/PT – When American teen and aspiring mystery writer Tara Crossley moves with her newly-blended family to the beautiful, but isolated, Evermoor Manor, a series of mysterious incidents unfold.

Family.ca gets into the spirit with a terror-iffic new "Monster Maker" activity where kids can upload their picture and instantly transform into a monster! The website also features exclusive behind-the-scenes Halloween interviews with Family stars and a variety of ghoulish games. Boys and ghouls can also help Phineas and Ferb save the world from zombies in the new game "The Walking Doof." Family OnDemand will offer various Halloween-themed episodes as they become available weekly beginning Friday, October 10.

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September 30, 2014

CASTLE is King with Series-High 2.6 Million Viewers, as the Week Kicks Off With a BANG on CTV

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TORONTO (September 30, 2014) – CTV Mondays got even stronger last night when fan-favourite CASTLE returned for its seventh season with a series-high audience of 2.58 million viewers, preliminary overnight data from Numeris (BBM Canada) confirms. The winning Monday for CTV saw the network lead in every hour of primetime with total viewers and in the key A18-49 and A25-54 demos, and also claim the Top 3 programs of the night with total viewers and among all key demos, as well as the Top 4 programs of the night with A25-54. Led by the #1 program of the night, THE BIG BANG THEORY, with 2.64 million viewers, CTV also saw new series GOTHAM remain strong with 2.01 million viewers, winning its 8 p.m. timeslot, while FOREVER won its regular 9 p.m. timeslot with 1.21 million viewers.

With preliminary Playback + 7 data from last Monday’s (Sept. 22) premieres, CTV series all saw audience boosts, led by the premiere of THE BIG BANG THEORY rising to 3.8 million viewers (from 3.2 million), with the second episode increasing to 4.1 million (from 3.5 million). GOTHAM’s series premiere rose to 3.3 million viewers (from 2.4 million), while FOREVER’s series premiere climbed to 2.3 million (from 1.8 million).

A closer look at Monday, according to Numeris (BBM Canada) preliminary data: 

·         CASTLE nearly doubled the audience of THE BLACKLIST (1.4 million; Global/NBC) with total viewers, and also led in the key A18-34 (+66%), A18-49 (+81%), and A25-54 (+90%) demos.

·         At 8 p.m., GOTHAM ranked #2 for the night in all key demos and was the third most-watched program of the night with total viewers, delivering 45% more viewers than the premiere of NCIS: LOS ANGELES (1.4 million; Global/CBS).

·         Up 6% with A18-49 and 15% with A25-54 from its episode last Tuesday, FOREVER won its regular 9 p.m. timeslot with 43% more viewers than SLEEPY HOLLOW (845,000; Global/FOX), and 9% more viewers than SCORPION (1.1 million; City/CBS).

Tonight on CTV and CTV GO features new episodes of MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. at 9 p.m. ET/PT and PERSON OF INTEREST at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Also, THE VOICE continues with blind auditions at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two. 

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September 29, 2014

Sportsnet Unveils State-of-the-Art, Multi-Million Dollar Hockey Studio with 38ft-wide Ultra High Definition Monitor

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TORONTO (September 29, 2014) It’s big and it’s spectacular. At 11,000 square feet with nine separate sets and 52 monitors, Sportsnet today introduced the largest, most innovative sports studio in the country, providing fans with a sports entertainment playground that places them in the heart of the action and brings the NHL experience to life.

The Hockey Central Studio, which debuts October 8 – opening night of the NHL season – features a rotating main anchor desk with a 360° open environment allowing cameras to shoot from any angle, an 11x38ft. ultra-high-resolution monitor – the largest ever in a Canadian television studio, and an LED floor that displays videos and graphics and leads into a giant video monitor wall.  The studio also features up to 14 cameras that can shoot up to three live broadcasts for three different networks at any one time. (See attached “By the Numbers” addendum.)

“Our hosts and commentators gasped when they saw the studio in action for the first time, and we’re confident fans will as well,” said Gord Cutler, Senior Vice President of NHL Production, Rogers. “It’s cutting edge and allows us to showcase the game in ways never seen before that will keep fans on the edge of their seats.”

Designed by Jack Morton PDG, the company that designed the sets for Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium at Vancouver 2010 & London 2012, the set was eight months in the making, beginning with the design phase and coming full circle with the construction in mid-June and finishing in late September.

The studio is complemented by a new graphics and animation package, designed in-house by the Rogers Creative Group.  It includes 10 different custom opening animations, 250 player animations, and more than 1,000 support animations that enhance storytelling and game analysis for viewers.  Hockey fans will hear fresh musical packages during NHL on Sportsnet broadcasts, with renowned Canadian composer Stephan Moccio’s enhanced version of the current Hockey Night in Canada song and Sportsnet theme music – both of which are performed by an all-Canadian 50-piece orchestra. 

This season, the NHL on Sportsnet will deliver more than 550 national and regional regular season NHL games across nine networks, including CBC, City, Sportsnet (East, Ontario, West, and Pacific), Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360 and FX Canada. Sportsnet has exclusive Canadian broadcast coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Stanley Cup Final, NHL All-Star Game, NHL Draft Lottery, NHL Draft, and the NHL Awards. Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE will deliver more than 1,000 regular season games on tablet and smartphones for the upcoming season. Sportsnet is also the official regional television broadcast rights holder for the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs (including radio rights on Sportsnet 590 The FAN) and Calgary Flames (including radio rights on Sportsnet 960 The FAN).

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September 29, 2014

DEGRASSI Continues to Push the Envelope as Award-Winning Series Returns with All-New Episodes, October 28 on MTV

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TORONTO (September 29, 2014) – Mega DEGRASSI fans unite! With the countdown to graduation in full swing, Season 14 of the hit series DEGRASSI returns to its familiar Tuesday timeslot with a brand-new, 28-episode order, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 9 p.m. ET on MTV. Fresh off DEGRASSI’s 2014 Primetime Emmy® nomination for “Outstanding Children’s Program”, its third nomination in the category over the last four years, Season 14 picks up immediately following the end of spring break, after Tristan (Lyle O’Donohoe) and Miles’ (Eric Osborne) surprising lip-lock and the shocking revelation of Clare’s (Aislinn Paul) pregnancy. Never shying away from tackling heavy-hitting topics, DEGRASSI once again addresses authentic and relevant issues affecting teenagers today. For a sneak peek at Season 14, click here.

Encore episodes of DEGRASSI air Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on MTV and stream on MTV.ca following broadcast. Throughout the season, DEGRASSI fans can join the conversation by following @MTVCanada and using the hashtag #Degrassi.

Thirteen years after the debut of the latest incarnation, the hit franchise shows no signs of slowing down. Season 13D of DEGRASSI, airing on both MTV and Much, averaged 100,000 P12-34 viewers, achieving its most impressive audience in three seasons, with audiences growing by 52% over Season 13C.

In the Season 14 premiere of DEGRASSI, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 9 p.m. ET), Clare has a serious dilemma that will affect her entire future and confides in Alli. Zoë sees red when Becky tells her she’s too much of a distraction for the power cheer team. It's time for Zoë to bring Becky down, literally. Miles and Tristan are getting close, but with his campaign in full swing, Mr. Hollingsworth is worried his son’s behaviour could damage his political prospects. An upset Miles decides to take annoying his father to a whole new level.
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September 29, 2014

BLUE ANT MEDIA AND INFINITI PARTNER ON NEW CANADA UNDISCOVERED SERIES

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Stunning 4K Series to Broadcast on Premium, Commercial-Free Channel OASIS this Fall

(Toronto, ON) September 29, 2014 – Blue Ant Media and luxury automotive brand Infiniti have partnered on a new 4K series, Canada Undiscovered. The 3-part original series will broadcast on T+E and nature and wildlife specialty channel OASIS this falland will highlight unique and rare natural wonders across Canada. The partnership involves collaboration between OMD, TBWA and Critical Mass to develop and execute a unique content marketing program for Infiniti.

Hosted by TV personality Sean Moffit, Canada Undiscovered takes viewers on a coast-to-coast road trip providing fascinating natural history facts for some of Canada’s most unique locales including The Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, Athabasca Sand Dunes in Saskatchewan and Sable Island in Nova Scotia. The original video series will also be available on a custom content hub at the time of broadcast and supported with in-depth editorial, targeted social media, an immersive 360 degree photo gallery, promotional spots and print ads in Cottage Life magazine.  A contest will also engage viewers for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to their favorite destination featured in the series.  For editorial, videos and contest details visit canadaundiscovered.infiniti.ca

“Canada Undiscovered is a high quality, cinematic content marketing program shot in 4K that we think our discerning viewers will enjoy travelling across Canada with Infiniti,” said Ryan Fuss, SVP Media Solutions, Blue Ant Media.

“Working with the Blue Ant Solutions team on the Canada Undiscovered Project gave us a unique opportunity to highlight the versatility and performance of the Infiniti Q50 and QX60, while exploring some of the most inspiring and less-explored corners of Canada,” said Wendy Durward, Director–Marketing and Transformation, Infiniti Canada. 

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September 29, 2014

W Network Announces Mazda Sponsorship and Integration for New Season of Property Brothers Airing this Fall and Winter

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(September 29, 2014 – Toronto, Canada) This fall, W Network has teamed up with Mazda Canada Inc. to introduce a new brand of vehicle to the top-rated series, Property Brothers. The sponsorship covers placement and story integration throughout all 13 Toronto-based episodes of the new season. The remaining sponsorship will include on-air spots, signage and contest overlay on W Network, to direct viewers to the Mazda website. The sponsorship begins today with the launch of new episodes, airing Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on W Network.

Three episodes will have storyline integrations with Mazda facilitating all the transportation needs of the Property Brothers, as well as a focus on the key elements of the Mazda vehicles, energy efficiency, technology, style and design, that the Property Brothers incorporate in all of their renovations. Each brother will drive his own Mazda vehicle, a Mazda6 and a Mazda CX-5, which will transport homeowners to house listings and retail stores. The other sponsorship elements include on-air spots with billboards, tune-in tags and featured Mazda vehicles, online custom articles and high-impact ad units, as well as contest overlay during the winter episodes. The contest will provide viewers with a one in three chances of winning $5,000 for their homes.

“We are very pleased to have Mazda on board to sponsor the popular Property Brothers,” said Lynn Chambers, Vice President, Client Marketing, Corus Entertainment. “Working with Cineflix and the team at Mindshare, we saw how the key features of efficiency, technology, style and design featured in Mazda vehicles aligned with the Property Brothers. The integration and sponsorship show synergy, pairing the brothers and the series with a brand of vehicle that reflects the same values.” 

The multi-tiered and fully-integrated campaign airs nationally, targeting women 25-54.

Property Brothers is produced by Cineflix (Property Brothers 4) Inc. in association with W Network.

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September 29, 2014

The state of wireless competition does not justify more interventionist measures

MONTREAL, Sept. 29, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - As a new round of CRTC hearings begins today to determine whether a price ceiling must be imposed on wholesale roaming fees, the MEI is publishing a Viewpoint entitled "Three Myths about Competition in the Canadian Wireless Sector" that calls into question the idea that new interventionist measures must be adopted to encourage competition in this sector.

Although many Canadians have the impression that they are among those who pay the most for their telecommunications services, in fact, prices in Canada are lower than in the United States, Japan, and Australia. Moreover, by comparing different mobile wireless service bundles in 34 countries, the OECD concludes that Canada is about average.

In addition to competitive pricing, the Canadian wireless sector offers better than average service quality when compared to that of other large industrialized countries. Canada is ranked 8th and 9th out of 25 in terms of download and upload speeds.

"The negative perception of the industry that justifies interventionist measures is simply mistaken. Canadian consumers enjoy one of the most advanced telecommunications networks in the world, are among the biggest users, and pay prices that are generally close to the average of what is found in other industrialized countries," explains Martin Masse, co-author of the study.

With three national wireless service providers and several regional competitors, Canada is furthermore far from being a special case among industrialized countries. In spite of this, the federal government has intervened in various ways since 2008 to favour the emergence of a fourth wireless service provider. The CRTC hearings that start today could bring about the adoption of additional interventionist measures.

"Instead of trying to micromanage competition in the telecommunications industry, the government should concentrate on eliminating the obstacles that prevent true, dynamic competition," concludes Paul Beaudry, co-author of the study.

The Viewpoint entitled "Three Myths about Competition in the Canadian Wireless Sector" was prepared by Martin Masse and Paul Beaudry, respectively Senior Writer and Editor and Associate Researcher at the Montreal Economic Institute. This publication is available on our website.

The Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit research and educational organization. Through its studies and its conferences, the MEI stimulates debate on public policies in Quebec and across Canada by proposing wealth-creating reforms based on market mechanisms.

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September 29, 2014

Opening remarks by Jean-Pierre Blais at the public hearing on the review of wholesale mobile wireless services

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This week, the Commission will examine the wholesale wireless mobile services market in Canada.

This is the second of three major hearings that the Commission is holding this fall. Earlier this month, we held a hearing on the future of television in Canada. In November, we will review the regulatory framework for wireline wholesale telecommunications services. This will include an examination of whether to allow competitors access to the incumbent companies’ fibre-to-the-home facilities.

The thread that runs through these three proceedings is choice and sustainable competition.

The Commission is reviewing its frameworks with its eyes firmly fixed on the future. We are seeking to ensure that Canadians are able to benefit from a world-class communication system for years to come. One in which they have access to compelling content, as well as the choice of innovative wireless services and Internet services, wherever they live in Canada.

Mobile wireless services

Last week, we released the section of our Communications Monitoring Report that provides data on the telecommunications sector. According to the latest figures, there are now more than 28 million wireless subscribers in Canada. In 2013, mobile wireless services generated total revenues of $21.2 billion.

Mobile wireless services make up nearly half of all telecommunications revenues, which is an indication of their importance to the marketplace and the Canadian economy.

How Canadians use mobile devices is another indication. With access to broadband wireless services, they can search for information, watch pre-recorded and live programs, listen to music, share content, conduct business, apply for government services, track their child’s immunization schedule and even pay for coffee—all thanks to their mobile devices.

The retail market offers Canadians a variety of wireless devices, plans and packages. The CRTC’s wireless code ensures that consumers can make informed choices about the services and companies that best meet their needs. It also protects Canadians from undue roaming and data bills and excessive cancellation fees.

Wholesale mobile wireless services

The purpose of the hearing that is getting underway today is to take a closer at the wholesale market for mobile wireless services. This market consists of the arrangements between wireless service providers to provide services, such as roaming and tower sharing.

In 2013, we began to gather facts about the rates, terms and conditions associated with wholesale wireless roaming arrangements. A task force was created within the Commission to analyze this data, which then led us to launch a public consultation. The purpose of this initial consultation was to examine whether certain wireless companies were subjecting their smaller Canadian competitors to unjustly discriminatory rates, terms and conditions for roaming services.

In addition to finding clear instances of unjust discrimination, we prohibited exclusivity clauses from being included in roaming arrangements. These clauses prevented smaller companies from using the networks of any other service provider, and were an impediment to fair and sustainable competition.

Sustainable competition

In February 2014, we launched a much broader consultation. We are examining the wholesale services that wireless companies rely on to provide services to their retail customers. Our goal is to determine whether the framework for the wholesale mobile wireless services market is sufficiently competitive—both now and in the years ahead.

As I mentioned a moment ago, competition in the wireless industry benefits Canadian society in many ways, including by providing access to high-quality networks, innovative services and reasonable prices.

At this hearing, the panel will therefore want to hear views on three areas.

(1) The state of the wholesale mobile wireless services market, which includes roaming arrangements and tower sharing.

We are examining this issue given that, to provide retail services to their customers, certain wireless companies must rely on the services of other wireless companies.

For example, roaming arrangements enable wireless companies to make their networks available to one another, so that Canadians can continue using their wireless devices to make calls, send text messages and use data when they travel outside their own network coverage area.

Tower and site-sharing arrangements enable wireless companies to install their own equipment on another entity’s structures. These entities could be wireless carriers, broadcasters, utilities, government agencies or municipal agencies. The structures in question could be towers, as well as buildings, water towers, billboards or lampposts.

These agreements enable wireless companies to deploy their wireless networks in a cost-effective and efficient manner, and minimize the number of towers in communities.

We will also examine whether companies that do not have their own network infrastructure or spectrum—known as mobile virtual network operators—should have access to certain wholesale wireless services at rates, terms and conditions set by the Commission.

(2) The impact of the wholesale mobile wireless services market on the retail market.

We will assess the relationship between the arrangements at the wholesale level and the competitiveness of the retail market, with a view to ensuring that the interests of consumers are protected.

(3) Whether greater regulatory oversight would be appropriate if we were to find that the wholesale market is not sufficiently competitive.

The Commission does not have a predetermined outcome or outcomes in mind. It is possible that we will find that the wholesale mobile wireless services market is sufficiently competitive and that no further action is required on our part.

In the event that we find that the wholesale market is not sufficiently competitive, we will consider whether additional regulatory intervention is needed. The Commission would need to determine whether its existing powers are sufficient or whether there is a need to reassert its jurisdiction in certain areas such as rate regulation.

In addition, Parliament recently amended the Telecommunications Act to limit wholesale wireless roaming rates in Canada, pending the outcome of the Commission’s work in this proceeding. The Act sets out an interim formula to calculate the maximum wholesale rate for domestic wireless voice, data and text services that a wireless company can charge its competitors.

Role of an administrative tribunal

Over the course of the coming week, it is important to keep in mind the Commission’s role as an administrative tribunal.

We have a duty to be fair, open and transparent. As I mentioned a moment ago, we have not come to any predetermined views. The purpose of this hearing is to test the evidence that has been submitted. For this reason, the panel will focus its questions on areas that it needs to explore in greater detail to build a robust record upon which it can rely on to make its determination.

Our decision will be based on the record before us, and will be made consistent with the mandate Parliament has conferred to the Commission in theTelecommunications Act.

Public participation

Before we begin, I would like to thank everyone who has participated in this process, either by submitting comments or by appearing before us. We would not be able to fulfill our legislative responsibilities without your views and participation.

All comments will be taken into consideration as we make our decision.

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September 26, 2014

Funniest comedian in Canada named in SiriusXM's Top Comic

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TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR), the country's leading audio entertainment company, today announced Faisal Butt of Montreal as the winner of SiriusXM's Top Comic. Butt took home the title, $15,000 and a slew of other prizes last night at the Finale after eight comedians from across Canada faced off in a comedy battle before a live audience and a panel of judges.

The Finale, part of Just For Laughs' JFL42 Festival in Toronto and broadcast live on SiriusXM's Canada Laughs channel 168, was the culmination of a cross-country audition and online vote for Canada's funniest comedians. Finalists from Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and St. John's were brought to Toronto to perform before a panel of comedy insiders who then chose the winner after headliner Jon Dore treated the audience to a set.

Included with the title of SiriusXM's Top Comic and a $15,000 prize, Butt also receives a dedicated JFL42 headline performance in 2015, a televised performance from Montreal's 2015 Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and an opening spot for superstar comedian Russell Peters on a Canadian date of his sold out, 2014 Almost Famous arena tour. The remaining seven finalists in this year's Top Comic competition will also open for Russell Peters during his Canadian tour.

"I'm beyond thrilled to have won this year's title, especially among such talented company," said Butt, who has been working as a standup for 10 years. "This is easily the biggest comedy competition in Canada today and I'm so proud to have it on my resumé."

"Faisal killed it last night and truly deserves this prize, but all the finalists should be so happy with their sets and how they represented their cities," said Ben Miner, Canadian comic and host of SiriusXM's Canada Laughs channel. "The talent in this country continues to amaze us and we love supporting Canadian comedy through initiatives like this."

Top Comic is part of SiriusXM Canada's ongoing initiatives to provide exposure to and support Canadian talent.Previous winners of SiriusXM's Top Comic contest include Pete Zedlacher, Eric Andrews, Matt O'Brien and Brian Stollery.

SiriusXM subscribers can get access to special JFL42 programming live during the festival through September 27th on Canada Laughs channel 168 as well as Canada Talks channel 167.

Canada Laughs channel 168 features uncensored Canadian comedy 24/7 including stand-up, sketch, musical comedy and more, putting the spotlight on the rich pool of extraordinary talent from Canada. Canada Laughs is available to all Sirius and XM subscribers in Canada and across the U.S. and joins SiriusXM's hilarious comedy lineup, including Comedy Central Radio, Raw Dog Comedy Hits, The Foxxhole, Blue Collar Comedy, Laugh USA and more. Those satellite radio subscribers who add SiriusXM Internet Radio access to their subscription can listen toCanada Laughs and all of SiriusXM's comedy offerings on the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and online.

To learn more about SiriusXM Top Comic visit www.siriusxm.ca/topcomic.

For more information about JFL42 and to get passes visit www.jfl42.com.

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September 26, 2014

Media Advisory - CRTC to hold a hearing in Gatineau, Quebec

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WHEN: Monday, September 29 to Friday October 3, 2014
WHERE: Conference Centre, Phase IV, 140 Promenade du
Portage, Outaouais room, Gatineau, Quebec
TIME: Conference Centre, Phase IV, 140 Promenade du
Portage, Outaouais room, Gatineau, Quebec

OTTAWA-GATINEAU, Sept. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) will hold a public hearing in Gatineau, Quebec from Monday, September 29 to Friday, October 3, 2014.  The CRTC is holding this hearing in the context of a process to examine whether competition in the wholesale wireless mobile services market in Canada is sustainable. The CRTC wants to ensure that Canadians are able to benefit from a world-class communication system for years to come.

If you plan on attending the hearing or would like more information about it, please contact Media Relations at 819-997-9403 or by email at communications@crtc.gc.ca.

A live audio feed of the hearing will be available on the CRTC website at www.crtc.gc.ca. A webcast of the hearing will also be available on the CPAC website: http://www.cpac.ca/en/

Are you interested in following the hearing? Follow us on Twitter:
@CRTChearings, hashtag: #CRTCWireless

Reference document and link:    
Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2014-76: Review of wholesale mobile wireless services    

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September 26, 2014

The Verdict is In: HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER is Fall’s #1 New Series with 2.4 Million Viewers Thursday on CTV

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TORONTO (September 26, 2014) – It was a criminally good premiere for HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER as the series debut snuck past CTV’s own GOTHAM (2.37 million) to instantly become the most-watched debut of the season with an initial audience of 2.40 million viewers, preliminary overnight data from Numeris (BBM Canada) confirms. HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER was the most-watched program Thursday, taking the top spot in all key demos. Ranking #2 for the night, the season premiere of GREY’S ANATOMY returned with 1.8 million viewers at 8 p.m. At 9 p.m., SAVING HOPE grew 10% from its Monday premiere, winning its regular Thursday night timeslot with 1.2 million viewers. Overall, CTV won every hour of primetime Thursday.

A closer look at Thursday’s Numeris (BBM Canada) preliminary data: 

·         At 8 p.m., GREY’S ANATOMY bested BONES by 34% in the key A25-54 demo, and 45% among A18-49 (Global/FOX).

·         At 9 p.m., SAVING HOPE won its timeslot with more than double the viewers of its next closest competitor.

·         At 10 p.m., the season’s most-watched new program to-date HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER delivered ratings as high as 6.7 (Toronto) and 6.9 (Montréal) for A25-54.

·         All three dramas saw half-hour growth in their broadcasts.

Premiere Week continues on CTV and CTV GO tonight with the season premiere of THE AMAZING RACE at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Space Original Series ORPHAN BLACK at 9 p.m. ET, and leading into the season premiere of BLUE BLOODS at 10 p.m. ET. Also, the special two-hour premiere of SHARK TANK airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET on CTV Two. 

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September 26, 2014

TSN Congratulates Tessa Bonhomme on her Induction into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame

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TORONTO (September 26, 2014) – TSN congratulates Tessa Bonhomme on her induction into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame, where the SPORTSCENTRE host and reporter will be recognized for her stellar collegiate hockey career.

Both a world champion and gold medallist at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Bonhomme also played four seasons for the Buckeyes, from 2003 to 2008. In her final year, she was named WCHA Player of the Year, as well as an AHCA First Team All-American, the first and only Ohio State player to receive this distinction. She also holds numerous Ohio State all-time records, including career points by a defenceman and most points in a season for a defenceman.

She will be inducted at tonight’s ceremony alongside 10 former student athletes and two coaches. The 13 inductees will also be honoured at halftime of the Ohio State Buckeyes’ football game against the Cincinnati Bearcats tomorrow evening.

Bonhomme recently joined TSN in a full-time role, appearing as a host and reporter for SPORTSCENTRE as well as a contributor to TSN’s coverage of Hockey Canada events. 

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September 25, 2014

Study commissioned by Telefilm Canada, SODEC and Canada Media Fund indicates Canadians increasingly choosing to watch TV series in preference to feature films and confirms that most film viewing is done via TV

MONTREAL, Sept. 25, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - New technologies are influencing the viewing habits of Canadian consumers with regard to audiovisual content and at the same time enhancing the availability of such content. A study on the way Canadians choose their audiovisual content, commissioned by Telefilm Canada, the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) and the Canada Media Fund (CMF), and based on results of focus groups convened across the country, indicates, notably, that Canadians are now increasingly choosing to watch TV series instead of feature films and confirms that most film-viewing is done through television. The study found, moreover, that consumers are increasingly seeking on-demand access to audiovisual products across a wide variety of platforms.

The study aimed to provide a better understanding, from a qualitative perspective, of consumers' new expectations, of how they make their viewing decisions, of the sources they consult when making these decisions, of the impact of digital platforms on their decisions and of their perceptions of the industry. Montreal marketing research firm Ad hoc recherche organized eight focus group sessions—in Sherbrooke, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver—involving some 60 participants aged between 25 and 59. The participants were categorized as Connected/Superviewers and Active At Home consumers for purposes of the study (click here for a description of these market segments as identified in a previous study that Telefilm commissioned in collaboration with HEC Montréal and Ad hoc recherche). Given the qualitative nature of the study, no statistical findings can be extrapolated; however, given that participants expressed similar opinions on several different topics, the study makes it possible to identify a number of significant trends.

The complete study is available here.

"As I recently stated during my appearance at the CRTC's Let's Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians, I believe that innovation with regard to accessibility and consumer engagement is essential if we want Canadian content to really resonate with audiences," said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada. "Every time content is shown on the big screen, broadcast on television or made available on digital platforms, we have incredible opportunities to promote Canadian talent, not only to Canadians, but to the world."

Added Monique Simard, President and CEO of SODEC: "We're seeing that the multi-screen phenomenon is very positive, because it means that a wider variety of audiences have access to cultural products and these products are more accessible."

Valerie Creighton, President and CEO of the CMF, continued: "The technology choices available to consumers today transform their entertainment consumption to a personalized, portable, shareable, on-demand experience, and this new report provides solid evidence that Canadians want access to content at any time, from anywhere, on their platform of choice."

Highlights of the study

  • On-demand access now seems to be the standard and video content is more accessible than ever before. While the TV screen is still the main screen, there has been a shift to ad-free viewing on-demand, according to study participants, driven, among other things, by PVRs (personal video recorders), streaming, free downloading and video on demand (VOD). The subscription viewing model seems to be the favoured approach by far, as opposed to the one-at-a-time or ad-supported model.
  • The distinction between the worlds of film and TV series seems to be increasingly blurred, to the benefit of series viewing. Indeed, consumers appear to be shifting some of their movie-viewing time to TV shows. Abundant in number, of high quality, TV series keep viewers "hooked" over extended periods of time, are available on-demand on several platforms and can be consumed through binge viewing—a now widespread practice.
  • We already know that most movies are watched at home; however, the choice of film seems to be determined by a consumer's mood, which can change from day to day. Movie-going, by contrast, a more expensive undertaking often reserved for major productions, is considered a social event, with participants often knowing in advance which movie they want to see in a theatre.
  • While consumers appear to obtain information about movies mainly by watching trailers, word-of-mouth, including social media, seems to be the main way they learn about TV series. For a movie to be chosen by consumers, it must generate buzz everywhere, ideally on all platforms.
  • Not surprisingly, the Quebec industry seems to fare well, owing to its distinct star system as well as the pride and sense of belonging it elicits. Focus group discussions confirmed that Quebec films captivate viewers with their humour, local aspect and close proximity to their audience's reality.
  • The English-language industry seems to be poorly known and subject to certain negative perceptions. However, several participants mentioned that their perception of the industry generally improved when they were provided with specific examples of Canadian films, which shows just how important promotion is.
Participants deemed that the development of Canada's industry is desirable, since everyone is looking for good content; that content, however, will be judged in the same way as the best of the existing offer is judged.
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September 25, 2014

CRTC releases 2014 report on the state of the Canadian telecommunications industry

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OTTAWA–GATINEAU, Sept. 25, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today released information on the telecommunications sector from the 2014 Communications Monitoring Report.

The report shows that more and more Canadians are adopting smartphones and tablets. Over 62% of the population owns one of these devices, and 39% of Canadians use tablets – an increase from 2012, when the percentages were 51% and 26%, respectively. In 2013, 90% of wireless service subscribers were the customers of one of Canada'sthree major providers.

The percentage of households that subscribed to Internet services remained stable, from 79% in 2012 to 80% in 2013. However, the percentage of subscribers with download speeds of 5 megabits per second or more increased by 5% reaching 67% (including satellite services) in 2013. The market share of small service providers competing with the three major providers in Canada increased as well, from 9% in 2012 to 10% in 2013.

The availability of Internet service with a download speed of 5 megabits (Mbps) per second or more rose from 82% of Canadian households in 2009 to 94% in 2013. Monthly rates varied widely by province and whether the area was rural or urban. With the exception of the territories, the least expensive monthly fee for a 5-Mbps broadband service varied between $25 and $49 in urban areas and $32 and $55 in rural areas.

More and more Canadian households are abandoning landlines. The number of residential phone lines dropped by 6%, from 12 million in 2012 to 11.2 million in 2013.

Telecommunication service revenues increased by 2%, reaching 44.8 billion dollars in 2013.

This year, the Commission is releasing the Communications Monitoring Report in three parts. The first part is containing data on the broadcasting sector and was released on September 4, 2014. Today, the Commission released the second part, which contains telecommunications-sector data. The third part will be released in mid-October and will include data on international comparisons, the National Do Not Call List and consumer spending on communication services.

Quick facts

Wireless services

  • According to the Media Technology Monitor (MTM), over 62% of the population owns a smartphone, and 39% of Canadians use tablets – an increase over 2012, when the percentages were 51% and 26% respectively.
  • Wireless service networks were accessible to 99% of the population, the same as in 2012.
  • In 2013, the percentage of Canadians with access to fourth-generation wireless networks (LTE or long-term evolution) increased from 72% to 81% in a year.
  • The market share in terms of revenues for wireless service companies competing with the three major providers went from 6% to 8% between 2012 and 2013.

Internet

  • In 2013, broadband availability for residential services (excluding satellite) was 97% nationally; 100% in urban areas and 84% in rural areas.
  • The percentage of subscribers with download speeds of 5 megabits per second or more increased by 5% reaching 67% in 2013.
  • The average number of gigabytes downloaded per month by residential service subscribers increased by 57% between 2012 and 2013, rising from 28.4 to 44.8 gigabytes.
  • The market share of independent providers increased, from 9% in 2012 to 10% in 2013.

Landlines

The number of residential telephone lines dropped by 6%, a decrease from 12 million in 2012 to 11.2 million in 2013.

Revenues and expenditures

  • The revenues generated by the wireless service industry grew to $21.2 billion, a 3.8% increase over 2012.
  • The revenues generated by the Internet service industry grew to $8.1 billion, a 7.1% increase over 2012.
  • The revenues generated by the wireline voice communication industry dropped to $10.6 billion, a 4.5% decrease from 2012.
  • In 2013, telecommunication compagnies allocated $9.2 billion to capital expenditures for maintaining, improving or expanding networks.

Quotation

"The second part of the Communications Monitoring Report addresses the state of the Canadian telecommunications industry, and contains data that could be of great use when we initiate our hearing on wholesale mobile wireless services. With over 28 million subscribers and representing 46% of the total revenues of telecommunication services in Canada, wireless services are the core of the Canadian telecommunications system."

Jean-Pierre Blais, CRTC Chairman

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September 25, 2014

DHX Media reports full-year results, declares dividend

320% Growth in Net Income and 19% Growth in Revenues

HALIFAX, Sept. 25, 2014 /CNW/ - DHX Media Ltd. ("DHX" or the "Company") (TSX: DHX), a key player internationally in the creation of content for families and children, today announced its audited financial results for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Highlights of Fiscal 2014 and Q4 2014 Results:
(All amounts in Canadian dollars)

  • Fiscal 2014 EBITDA1 increased 136% to $32.0 million from $13.6 million for Fiscal 2013. Fiscal 2014 Adjusted EBITDA1 increased 58% to $37.0 million, from $23.4 million for Fiscal 2013. Q4 2014 EBITDA1 increased 68% to $8.0 million from $4.8 million for Q4 2013. Q4 2014 Adjusted EBITDA1 increased 36% to approximately $10.2 million, from$7.5 million for Q4 2013;
  • Fiscal 2014 revenues increased by 19% to $116.1 million. Fiscal 2014 revenue (excluding Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!tour) increased 28% or $24.8 million to $112.0 million from $87.2 million for Fiscal 2013. Q4 2014 revenues increased by 14% to $29.7 million;
  • Fiscal 2014 gross margin increased to $69.4 million (60% of revenues), up 42% from $48.7 million for Fiscal 2013 (50% of revenues). Q4 2014 gross margin increased to $18.9 million (63% of revenues), up 27% from $14.9 millionfor Q4 2013 (57% of revenues); and
  • Fiscal 2014 net income increased 320% to $7.8 million ($0.07/share) from $1.9 million ($0.02/share) for Fiscal 2013. Fiscal 2014 normalized net income increased to $11.3 million ($0.10/share), from $8.7 million ($0.10/share) for Fiscal 2013. Q4 2014 net income increased 41% to $1.04 million ($0.01/share) from $0.7 million ($0.01/share) for Q4 2013. Q4 2014 normalized net income decreased slightly to $2.6 million ($0.02/share), from $2.8 million($0.03/share) for Q4 2013.
  • Dividend declared of $0.013 per share, an increase of 8% over last quarter.
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September 25, 2014

Ready for Battle: Canadian Agents Stand with MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. as 1.7 Million Viewers Watch Season 2 Premiere on CTV

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TORONTO, Sept. 24, 2014 /CNW/ - Canadians made MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. the most-watched program Tuesday night with the key A18-34 and A18-49 demos, preliminary overnight data from Numeris (BBM Canada) confirms. The Season 2 premiere of last season's #1 new series achieved an initial audience of 1.7 million viewers overall. Building on its momentum from Monday night's season premiere, an all-new episode of FOREVERdelivered a solid 1.2 million viewers out of its regular timeslot, growing throughout the hour with A18-49 and A25-54. At10 p.m., PERSON OF INTEREST returned for its fourth season, winning its hour with 1.8 million viewers. Overall, CTV delivered three out of the Top 5 most-watched programs Tuesday.

A closer look at Tuesday's Numeris (BBM Canada) preliminary data:

  • The #1 program of the night with the younger key demos, MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. led Global's NCIS (+16%, A18-34, +9% A18-49), as well as Global's NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (+40%, A18-34, +55% A18-49, +34% A25-54). It was also #1 for the day in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal with A18-34, A18-49, and A25-54.
  • At 10 p.m., PERSON OF INTEREST led the hour with total viewers, A18-34, A18-49, and A25-54. Up 10% versus its Season 3 premiere, head-to-head the series delivered 49% more viewers than CHICAGO FIRE (1.2 million; Global/NBC).
Premiere Week continues on CTV and CTV GO tonight with a new episode of THE MYSTERIES OF LAURA at 8 p.m. ET/PT, as well as the season premiere of LAW & ORDER: SVU at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CTV. Also, a new episode ofANGER MANAGEMENT at 8 p.m. ET/PT leads into the season premiere of THE GOLDBERGS at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two.
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September 25, 2014

Something new for everyone at TFO

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From emotion to information, from entertainment to learning, the whole family will enjoy our new fall menu

TORONTO, Sept. 24, 2014 /CNW/ - TFO has upgraded its television and web offerings to cater to the tastes of every member of the family. For education and youth, lifestyle and culture, TFO unveils its new fall lineup, starting this week

New shows
Monday to Friday, 7 pm to 7:30 pm, rerun at 11 pm.
For 12 to 17 year-olds: FLIP
FLIP is the all-new daily for teens. The only one of its kind on the air in
Canada and live on YouTube, FLIP is a chillin' half-hour about what's new on the web. The show is a model of interactiveness with its social media-connected viewers. Comments and questions are shared with everyone watching and the team answers live. FLIP is hosted by a (real) group of buddies, Alex, Meilie, LP, and Francesca. Their exchanges are punctuated by the best current videos, hidden-camera sketches, song parodies, features by YouTubers, and interactions with the audience. Follow the hashtags #fliptfo, #caflush et #caflip on Twitter. Definitely for teens!

Monday to Thursday, 8:30 pm, rerun at 12 am, and on tfo.org/24.7
For inquisitive adults: 24.7
24.7 is a new magazine about what's new on the social and cultural scenes of francophone communities. Showcasing communities' local and hyperlocal news, the show presents a dynamic experience where, like on an iPad, one quickly flips through content, with reporting, features, interviews, humour, and opinion videos. The show relies on numerous collaborators who present ten or so short segments of three minutes or less. Themes include music, health, entrepreneurship, etc. Meet artisans, artists, youth, entrepreneurs, leaders, and many others who energize the Canadian Francophonie. You can't possibly be bored with 24.7!

Other News
Monday to Friday, 6 am to 5:30 pm, on tfo.org/mini and on YouTube
For little ones: MiniTFO
The MiniTFO universe, broadcast on all TFO platforms (television, applications, website, YouTube) offers children and parents some new content this fall, including:

  • Les chansons traditionnelles, offering traditional songs from the French songbook, a colourful app created for young viewers… and nostalgic grownups. Playful avatars/singers take the place of hosts Louis, Josée, and Lexie. It includes a dozen songs, stories, games, and interactive activities and will be available mid-October.
  • New acquisitions and coproductions: MiniTFO's programming keeps getting better. This year, little ones can discoverLe Ranch, Zack & Quack, Wendy, Barbapapa, and the Doozers.
  • A MiniTFO tour of live shows. Coming in November, our three hosts will be embarking on a tour of free shows in fiveOntario cities. More details to come.

Other shows to watch this fall: Carte de visite, #ONfr, BRBR and CinéTFO.

  • On the air Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 pm, Carte de visite presents francophone and francophile personalities interviewed by Gisèle Quenneville in collaboration with Daniel Lessard, Linda Godin, and Rachel Desaulniers. This year, get to know well-known figures like Bob Rae, Greg Sorbara, Camille Thériault, Denis Gagnon, and Émilie Heymans.
  • #ONfr is the new multiplatform franchise addressing political and francophone news. It highlights what is happening at Queen's Park in terms of political, economic and social issues, that may have an impact on minority francophone populations in Ontario and elsewhere in the country. Find it on television every Thursday at 8:50 pm and on the show's blog.
  • BRBR is making quite the comeback in September with all-new musical performances. With the signing of numerous agreements with new partners like AOL, La Presse, MSN, Blue Ant - Omnia médias and Urbania, BRBR will be even more present on exterior platforms, which will offer much more visibility to artists. During the new season, BRBR will continue to make its presence felt by participating in the biggest music festivals, while offering added features on web platforms and its blog.
Every night, at 9 pm
For true movie fans, CinéTFO
Movie buffs will love CinéTFO's 2014-2015 programming. Unique and daring, the new season will be airing startingOctober 1, and will be unveiled shortly. Keep an eye on your mail!
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September 25, 2014

TSN Launches Totally Rebuilt and Redesigned TSN.ca

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TORONTO (September 25, 2014) – TSN today introduced a totally rebuilt and redesigned TSN.ca. Canada’s #1 sports website now features enhanced usability, a refreshed look, and cleaner layout – letting fans discover TSN’s trusted sports news and information quicker and easier than ever before.

TSN’s all-new website debuts one month after the network launched its new expanded lineup of five national feeds on August 25.

Highlights of the new TSN.ca include:

·         Easier navigation that takes fans where they want to go in fewer clicks

·         Expanded stats offerings and faster score updates

·         More content from TSN’s industry-leading team of Insiders and experts

·         Prominent display of key events coming up on TSN, plus an improved online broadcast schedule that gives an at-a-glance look at what’s airing on TSN at any given time

·         Enhanced social sharing and commenting tools

·         Responsive design that seamlessly transitions the site to all devices

·         Newly designed TSN Radio pages that deliver live streaming and local content in the stations’ six markets

In addition, TSN.ca now offers expanded digital ad opportunities for its clients and partners.

19 Years in the Making – Four Facts about TSN.ca’s Evolution:

1.     This marks the fifth major redesign and the ninth relaunch since TSN.ca debuted in 1995.

2.     When TSN.ca launched 19 years ago, the website consisted of a ‘cyber stadium’ with six gateways: 1) Scoreboard, 2) Broadcast Booth, 3) Locker Room, 4) Playing Field, 5) Ticket Booth, and 6) Souvenir Stand.

3.     In 1996, the average number of audio/video clips played per month was 5,000. Today, the monthly average is roughly 5 million.

4.     In 2013, NHL Trade Deadline Day drove a record 23.6 million page views to TSN Digital platforms. Historically, the league’s busiest day of the year delivers record-breaking digital traffic for TSN.

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