CRTC launches ‘Let’s Talk TV’ initiative
October 24, 2013 | Chris Powell | Comments
The CRTC wants to talk TV.
In advance of a formal review of the Canadian television system slated for spring 2014, the federal regulator is asking Canadian viewers to state their view of the system and what changes they would like to see.
The CRTC today launched its “Let’s Talk TV” initiative, which is inviting Canadian viewers to share their views on three key questions:
• What do you think about what’s on television?
• What do you think about how you receive television programming?
• Do you have enough information to make informed choices and seek solutions if you’re not satisfied?
The CRTC is inviting Canadians to participate in a new online forum, or provide comments regarding the future of the television system by e-mail, fax, an online form or written letter. The CRTC is requesting Canadians to make their submissions by Nov. 22.
The regulator is also touting a new venture it is calling “Flash!” conferences, which it describes as volunteer-hosted events at which participants are invited to ponder the three key questions. Participants are being urged to submit reports from their discussions to the CRTC no later than Jan. 10. It has prepared a kit to help facilitate those discussions.
The CRTC plans to publish a report based on consumer input and plans to develop an interactive questionnaire based on that input. “You will be asked to make tough choices between certain options,” said the CRTC.
The report and questionnaire responses will serve as the basis for discussion during public hearings into a proposed new Canadian television system slated to take place in September 2014.
The review was prompted by what the CRTC describes as a “new environment” for TV viewing, largely created by technological developments that have transformed what was once a family activity to a highly personalized and increasingly portable experience.
According to CRTC statistics:
• 42% of Canadians own a PVR, 51% have a smartphone and 26% own a tablet
• 18% of Canadians watch video-on-demand provided by a cable company
• 21% of Anglophones and 5% of Francophones subscribe to Netflix
CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais is delivering speeches at both Laval University in Montreal and Toronto’s Ryerson University today. His speeches will explain why the CRTC is launching the national conversation about TV, what it entails and how Canadians can participate.