CRTC Communications Monitoring Report

November 9, 2017

The CRTC published the first part of the 2017 Communications Monitoring Report which provides a detailed overview of the Canadian communications industry, as well as industry data and information, including emerging trends and issues. Broadcasting revenues, which include radio, TV and television service providers’ revenues, decreased slightly by 0.5% to $17.85 billion in 2016. Revenues from the radio sector decreased by 2% to $1.8 billion. Revenues from the television sector increased by 1.7% to $7.3 billion. Revenues for television service providers decreased 2.1% to $8.7 billion. The time spent by Canadians watching traditional television decreased by less than an hour over the last year, from 27.2 hours in 2015 to 26.6 hours in 2016. Cable, IPTV and satellite TV services had 11.1 million subscribers in 2016, a 1.1% decline from 2015. 60% of Anglophones and 54% of Francophones watched internet TV in the past month. Overall, 44% of Canadians subscribe to online video services, with Albertans having the highest subscription rate in the country at 56%. Collectively, broadcasters and television service providers invested $3.1 billion in the production of Canadian programming in 2016. Estimated revenues for online video services in Canada reached almost $2 billion in 2016, an increase of 17.7% from 2015. See the news release, full report and Playback article (paywall) for more information.

The second part of the report focuses on the telecommunications sector and states that many young people are turning to their wireless device to watch TV. Forty-one percent of 18-34 year olds use their smartphones to watch TV online, compared to 11% of Canadians aged 50-64 years old and 4% of Canadians aged 65 and over. See the news release here.

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