The CRTC has taken offense to Netflix and Google’s (which owns YouTube) refusal to hand over information about their Canadian subscribers at their hearing in Ottawa just over a week ago.
The CRTC is now threatening both Netflix and Google to hand over information about their Canadian subscribers by Thursday or else the broadcasting regulator will remove their presentations from the public record and will shut them out of the policy process altogether.
Essentially, this will appear on record as the companies never appearing before or offering any comments to the CRTC on how Canadians receive and pay for TV programming.
The CRTC had promised both companies that the data they are requesting would confidential as all other sensitive information provided companies is treated.
However, mainly Netflix still has its concerns with handing over its client data which they fear could eventually be made available to its competitors in a public interest test.
During hearings on the future regulation of Canadian television, both companies argued their services should not fall under CRTC regulation, inturn forcing them to become licensed and host a quota of Canadian content and pay into a fund to produce Canadian content.
Google and Netflix state they stream and produce plenty of Canadian content without the need of the CRTC’s regulation.
Both companies have refused to hand over the requested information by the CTRC to support their claims.
Do you think Netflix and Google should cave and hand over information about their Canadian subscribers to the CRTC? Do you think online streaming services should be regulated?
– Q New Media Editor / Chris Bundas –