The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission announced today that over-the-top (OTT) video services such as Netflix will remain exempt from licensing requirements.
The decision comes out of a fact-finding exercise in which several Canadian broadcast entities argued for regulatory intervention. Unlike Netflix, conventional broadcasters such as TV networks are subject to federal regulation that mandates, among other things, the funding and broadcast of Canadian content.
The Commission noted that although OTT is reshaping Canada’s broadcast system, the evidence to date does not prove OTT is harmful to current policy objectives. However, the Commission did not close the door to future regulation. A fact-finding review is scheduled for May 2012.