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CRTC issues ultimatum to Netflix, Google

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The showdown between the CRTC and streaming services like Netflix and YouTube intensified Monday when the regulatory agency issued an ultimatum and a deadline.

If Netflix and Google, which owns YouTube, don't hand over information about their Canadian subscribers by Thursday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission warns it will shut them out of the policy process altogether.

During CRTC hearings on the future of Canadian television regulation, both companies argued they shouldn't be subject to CRTC regulation, which would force them to be licensed, host a quota of Canadian content and subsidize Canadian television production.

Google and Netflix argued they stream and produce plenty of Canadian content without the CRTC looking over their shoulders.

Both refused to hand over their Canadian content and subscriber information to the CTRC to back up those claims.

"The Commission cannot carry out its duties based on mere anecdotal evidence," the CRTC wrote. "As a result, the hearing panel will reach its conclusions based on the remaining evidence on the record."

 

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