CanCon rules for Netflix? Here are some other bright ideas.

What about CanCon spam?

Canada’s television networks are pressuring the CRTC to regulate Netflix,  the emerging online subscription-based video service. Netflix is cheap, easy to use, and lets Canadians watch the content they want, regardless of where it was made. Clearly this cannot be tolerated in Canada.

If our legacy broadcasters are successful, Netflix will have to stock a set percentage of Canadian videos and kick back a chunk of their profits to the Canadian Television Fund and the Canadian Media Fund, who will use the money to produce Canadian Content, or CanCon.

But Netflix is only one web service among millions. Once the CRTC starts regulating the Internet, they’ll have much more work to do. Here’s what should come next:

CanCon regulations for YouTube:

If one commercial U.S. video service is to be regulated in Canada, why not another? Why not go for the big one?

From now on, if YouTube wants to compete with our own beloved television networks, distracting Canadian viewers from their own cultural heritage (i.e. MuchMusic’s Pants Off Dance Off), then surely YouTube must give something back and pay into the CanCon funding regime. But what should we make with the money we tax from YouTube? It doesn’t seem appropriate to fund TV shows with web video money. If Canadian creators are to thrive in this new space, then our production community must evolve with the times.

I suggest the establishment of a Canadian Viral Video Fund. A percentage of every dollar YouTube makes in Canada by streaming videos of cats on skateboards will be used to produce our own YouTube videos of cats on skateboards. But the cats will be ACTRA members, the skateboards snowboards, the videos shot by unionized crews, and the resulting product enriching to our sense of place and heritage (suggestion: narration by Donald Sutherland).

CanCon Internet Memes:

If the CRTC doesn’t act now to regulate Canadian Content in Internet jokes, fads and memes, we will soon be awash in slick American memes with no hope of establishing our own national identity of animated gifs and ridiculous 4chan pics. Why should Canadians be ‘RickRolled’ when they could be ‘HartHoled‘?

CanCon Spam:

Why must it always be a Nigerian prince who needs $100,000 to untangle his vast petroleum fortune? Why not a Canadian prince, say Ben Mulroney, in need of $736 to get his SUV out of the shop?




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CanCon rules for Netflix? Here are some other bright ideas.

  1. In casea the author is serious, if such a plan is to go forward, I have no problem with the dividing line being the point at which Canadian subscribers are paying money to the service (duh).

  2. Canada%E2%80%99s television networks have not offered programing of any value for some time, and now when something comes along that people actually want they whine and complain. Too bad, they had their chance and blew it.

  3. Canada's television networks have not offered programing of any value for some time, and now when something comes along that people actually want they whine and complain. Too bad, they had their chance and blew it.

  4. Canada's television networks have not offered programing of any value for some time, and now when something comes along that people actually want they whine and complain. Too bad, they had their chance and blew it.

  5. As soon as the CRTC makes any type of CanCon ruling the Netflix fees will go up as they wil have to pay more. All this so the big Canadian providers can keep having their cake and eating it too, while looking more competitive without actually doing anything.
    I would watch NO tv before I gave another cent to Rogers, Bell or any any of our present entertainment overlords.
    Netflix is providing something which Canadians have been waiting for for ages: a competitive alternative. Now the big crybabies don't like it as the bonuses will start to diminish.

    • Haven't paid for a television subscription in about 5 years. There's simply nothing worth watching, at least not at the price they're charging. More cost effective to borrow, rent, or even buy the DVDs for the few exceptional series, and watch them on a day and time of my convenience, commercial free, uncut, and in the right order. Death to the networks, and particularly the CBC (which still takes my money, subscription or not).

      • I have done exactly the same for the last 7 years. I got tired of idiotic reality shows. I really don't have the time to watch what a bunch of people do in front of a camera for money.

  6. As soon as the CRTC makes any type of CanCon ruling the Netflix fees will go up as they wil have to pay more. All this so the big Canadian providers can keep having their cake and eating it too, while looking more competitive without actually doing anything.
    I would watch NO tv before I gave another cent to Rogers, Bell or any any of our present entertainment overlords.
    Netflix is providing something which Canadians have been waiting for for ages: a competitive alternative. Now the big crybabies don't like it as the bonuses will start to diminish.

  7. If the CRTC did its job, some of Canadian or should I say Québécois movie stars would not have to moonlight (or is that sunlight) as school secretaries to make ends meet.

  8. If the CRTC did its job, some of Canadian or should I say Québécois movie stars would not have to moonlight (or is that sunlight) as school secretaries to make ends meet.

    • CRTC has no place in free and democratic society.

  9. I purchased MLB.TV for this season off of the MLB website. Rather than increasng Canadian content, it actually BLACKS OUT Blue Jays games due to Rogers' exclusivity on broadcasting Jays games in this area. I don't have cable, so I see all I can handle of the 29 American teams, but never the Jays. I have no idea how I'm allowed to get away with ruining our culture like this.

  10. I purchased MLB.TV for this season off of the MLB website. Rather than increasng Canadian content, it actually BLACKS OUT Blue Jays games due to Rogers' exclusivity on broadcasting Jays games in this area. I don't have cable, so I see all I can handle of the 29 American teams, but never the Jays. I have no idea how I'm allowed to get away with ruining our culture like this.

    • Get a VPN subscription. It will allow you to appear as an IP address in another country and avoid this blocking ability. Cheap and worth it.

      • Interesting. I was looking into a VPN service so I could watch CBC's Fifth Estate here in Holland. CBC "geo-fences" much of it's content from foreign IP's, so I'm blocked from some of the best Canadian content (IMHO) there is.

      • shh, they will criminalize the VPNs.

  11. We really need to find a way to kick all the corporate stooges off the CRTC and get people that are actually interested in competition on it.

  12. We really need to find a way to kick all the corporate stooges off the CRTC and get people that are actually interested in competition on it.

    • competition or a free market? The CRTC actually increases the competition we would have otherwise, at a bit of expense to the free market.

  13. competition or a free market? The CRTC actually increases the competition we would have otherwise, at a bit of expense to the free market.

  14. Netflix already has Canadian content and even French content… Time to step up and face real competition Cable Providers!

  15. Netflix already has Canadian content and even French content… Time to step up and face real competition Cable Providers!

  16. Regular broadcasters have scheduled content on one or more channels. Part of that is required to be Canadian and as a viewer, your only option if you don't want to watch it is turn the channel. Netflix is an online video store, not a schedule broadcaster. I watch what I want, when I want. So it doesn't matter how much Canadian content there is, it can't be forced upon me like TV and radio. So the CRTC can't legitimately compare Netflix to scheduled broadcasters.

  17. Regular broadcasters have scheduled content on one or more channels. Part of that is required to be Canadian and as a viewer, your only option if you don't want to watch it is turn the channel. Netflix is an online video store, not a schedule broadcaster. I watch what I want, when I want. So it doesn't matter how much Canadian content there is, it can't be forced upon me like TV and radio. So the CRTC can't legitimately compare Netflix to scheduled broadcasters.

    • Good point, and to further your argument, based on their reasoning, Rogers Video stores should have to ensure that a certain percentage of the videos rented are CanCon.

    • Not quite. In both circumstances part of what you pay for is to have the media made available to you.

  18. Blockbuster has a very similar subscription for video content. The exception being you have to go to the store to exchange the videos. Why are there no calls to regulate Blockbuster?

  19. Blockbuster has a very similar subscription for video content. The exception being you have to go to the store to exchange the videos. Why are there no calls to regulate Blockbuster?

    • Your question is an interesting one and may bear discussion in another forum, but in Canada Netflix only streams.

  20. Good point, and to further your argument, based on their reasoning, Rogers Video stores should have to ensure that a certain percentage of the videos rented are CanCon.

  21. Why is Rogers and Bell not asking the CRTC to investigate their own video on demand services via the internet. Just because these separate video distribution models are owned by either Rogers or Bell doesn't mean that they too shouldn't be treated as separate entities and have to provide CanCon, etc.

  22. Why is Rogers and Bell not asking the CRTC to investigate their own video on demand services via the internet. Just because these separate video distribution models are owned by either Rogers or Bell doesn't mean that they too shouldn't be treated as separate entities and have to provide CanCon, etc.

  23. Your question is an interesting one and may bear discussion in another forum, but in Canada Netflix only streams.

  24. Not quite. In both circumstances part of what you pay for is to have the media made available to you.

  25. Get a VPN subscription. It will allow you to appear as an IP address in another country and avoid this blocking ability. Cheap and worth it.

  26. This has nothing to do with CanCon. Its all about the cable companies trying to control the delivery and to ensure you can only get 'their' content. Can Con is a smoke screen.

  27. This has nothing to do with CanCon. Its all about the cable companies trying to control the delivery and to ensure you can only get 'their' content. Can Con is a smoke screen.

  28. I don't know what the solution is, but that picture of the pig with the Canadian flag is so appropriate!!!

  29. I don't know what the solution is, but that picture of the pig with the Canadian flag is so appropriate!!!

    • Hey look, it's Tony Clement!

  30. We all knew this was coming the second the "local" broadcast elements realized that they have no business model in operation that doesn't go "BOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!!!!" the second the American interests noticed that they were no longer necessary to reach Canadian customers.

    Given the number of Canadians now working in the Entertainment Industry in the US, quite successfully as well, basically because no one in Canada was willing to pay them what they were worth or even attempt to keep them working here, to the point where they dismiss their talents and tell them to go south if they think they're "actually any good", the reality is that the current system does nothing to foster a Canadian industry. The best you can say is that it's the equivalent of a glorified feeder league.

    Let what currently exists die. Create an actual industry to replace it.

  31. We all knew this was coming the second the "local" broadcast elements realized that they have no business model in operation that doesn't go "BOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!!!!" the second the American interests noticed that they were no longer necessary to reach Canadian customers.

    Given the number of Canadians now working in the Entertainment Industry in the US, quite successfully as well, basically because no one in Canada was willing to pay them what they were worth or even attempt to keep them working here, to the point where they dismiss their talents and tell them to go south if they think they're "actually any good", the reality is that the current system does nothing to foster a Canadian industry. The best you can say is that it's the equivalent of a glorified feeder league.

    Let what currently exists die. Create an actual industry to replace it.

  32. Hey look, it's Tony Clement!

  33. Interesting. I was looking into a VPN service so I could watch CBC's Fifth Estate here in Holland. CBC "geo-fences" much of it's content from foreign IP's, so I'm blocked from some of the best Canadian content (IMHO) there is.

  34. CRTC has no place in free and democratic society.

  35. shh, they will criminalize the VPNs.

  36. As is always the case, an established service must be relivant and current in anticipation that if they aren't some one will come along who is. In this case Cancom/Con refused to address their viewers interests and kept selling the same old crap. Thinking they were fully protected against intrusion and guanteed sole jurisdiction they had no fear, Suprise, suprise,along comes Netflix and another dozen or so to enter the fray, they are now shaking in their boots. Canadians have been held captive for too long and it is time to define the true north strong and FREE! CanCom/Con began their assertion of authority with satelite tv where Canadians are denied American service providers for what reason, so we can be forced to swallow an inferior product from silver spoon fed Canadian providers. Enough, open the airwaves and let all those that want to provide a service do so without legal reproach.

  37. As is always the case, an established service must be relivant and current in anticipation that if they aren't some one will come along who is. In this case Cancom/Con refused to address their viewers interests and kept selling the same old crap. Thinking they were fully protected against intrusion and guanteed sole jurisdiction they had no fear, Suprise, suprise,along comes Netflix and another dozen or so to enter the fray, they are now shaking in their boots. Canadians have been held captive for too long and it is time to define the true north strong and FREE! CanCom/Con began their assertion of authority with satelite tv where Canadians are denied American service providers for what reason, so we can be forced to swallow an inferior product from silver spoon fed Canadian providers. Enough, open the airwaves and let all those that want to provide a service do so without legal reproach.

  38. Haven't paid for a television subscription in about 5 years. There's simply nothing worth watching, at least not at the price they're charging. More cost effective to borrow, rent, or even buy the DVDs for the few exceptional series, and watch them on a day and time of my convenience, commercial free, uncut, and in the right order. Death to the networks, and particularly the CBC (which still takes my money, subscription or not).

  39. Nobody wants to watch Canadian movies. Please dont force them on me or even worse, force somebody to pay a fee for them. I have tried to watch some Canadian movies and have found them terrible. They provide absolutely nothing to my cultural identity of being Canadian unless paying for something i dont want is now becoming the Canadian way

  40. Nobody wants to watch Canadian movies. Please dont force them on me or even worse, force somebody to pay a fee for them. I have tried to watch some Canadian movies and have found them terrible. They provide absolutely nothing to my cultural identity of being Canadian unless paying for something i dont want is now becoming the Canadian way

  41. This article made my day. It also kept me off the streets and away from crime. Thank you!

  42. This article made my day. It also kept me off the streets and away from crime. Thank you!

  43. Kind of a non-issue. Netflix has tons of Canadian content, and a lot of it is very good. Leave them alone, they're doing fine.

  44. Kind of a non-issue. Netflix has tons of Canadian content, and a lot of it is very good. Leave them alone, they're doing fine.

  45. I have done exactly the same for the last 7 years. I got tired of idiotic reality shows. I really don't have the time to watch what a bunch of people do in front of a camera for money.

  46. Considering that a significant percentage of Canadian talent is in the US (hollywood, etc.), we actually are getting a solid doze of GOOD Canadian content ALREADY!! And Netflix is providing it!! I am not seeing the problem here!!

  47. Considering that a significant percentage of Canadian talent is in the US (hollywood, etc.), we actually are getting a solid doze of GOOD Canadian content ALREADY!! And Netflix is providing it!! I am not seeing the problem here!!

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