Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, has been participating in UNESCO ministerial panel discussions this week on “Re-shaping digital policies for development.” A government press release says the exchange of ideas reinforces the need for a global digital conversation with governments, the private sector, creators and consumers “because the digital world knows no boundaries.” Joly is reportedly focused on making the case for mandatory, cultural contributions from companies like Netflix in compliance with local content regulations. The panel was held during the 10th ordinary session of the Intergovernmental Committee responsible for the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
Following the successful launch of The Family Channel App in May, DHX Television has expanded its multiplatform offering to French-language viewers with the release of The Télémagino App. Delivering more than 500 episodes across 20 series to preschool audiences on mobile devices and tablets, The Télémagino App is available to subscribers at no additional charge. Key features include the ability to download episodes for offline viewing and a 24/7 live stream of the channel.
Amazon has expanded its Prime Video streaming service to over 200 countries. Following the lead of competitor Netflix, which rolled out in 130 countries earlier this year, Amazon is making its original content like The Grand Tour, Transparent and other series, available for streaming internationally. As of Dec. 14, Amazon Prime members in Canada, Belgium, France, India, Italy and Spain can watch Prime Video at no additional cost.
Toronto-based tech company dubdub has released the Android version of its popular app dubcandy. The app empowers any influencer to create shoppable videos, embedding product links for sharing on social platforms. dubcandy is available for free download via Google Play.