Media Beat: May 22, 2018

Media Beat: May 22, 2018

By David Farrell

Piracy: Copyright law or the CRTC?

In a memo, commission staff questioned why the coalition would file the application now, given copyright laws and the potential to access blacklisted websites using VPNs – Emily Jackson, Financial Post

How Bell, Rogers and Telus sell access to your location data

A joint venture between Canada's three largest telecom companies has been selling the real-time location of its subscribers to third parties — as long as they have your consent, the company says. – Matthew Braga, CBC News

Anthony Bourdain is fed up with Canada, as well he might be

His most recent point is that aNational Post version of a Canadian Press story about alleged controversies related to the program was extremely dumb. He alluded to the story on social media and wrote, “Yet more lazy, click-hungry [insert word for ‘manure’] with misleading header completely unsupported by the text of the article. Truly discouraging.” – John Doyle, Globe & Mail (subscription)


Five things Anthony Bourdain can teach us about Newfoundland

The correct pronunciation of 'Newfoundland' is not one of them - Terri Coles, CBC News

Inside the Toronto Star’s bold plan to reinvent itself

Can Canada’s most storied daily convince readers that its brand of journalism is worth paying for? – Brett Popplewell, The Walrus

Almost 30M Americans watched royal wedding

An estimated 29.2 million people in the United States tuned in to see the royal wedding of Prince Harry of Wales and American actress Meghan Markle on Saturday, according to Nielsen data – Joe Otterson, Variety

How YouTube’s new music service stands up against the competition

Of Google’s two new options, YouTube Premium is the more familiar one. It’s basically just a rebranded version of YouTube Red, offering music streaming and some original content. You also get special features like ad-free videos, offline video downloads, and the ability the play YouTube videos in the background on your phone. The only bad news here is that YouTube Premium is more expensive at $12 per month – Jacob Kleinman, Lifehacker

YouTube TV, the cable-killing TV experience Apple promised but failed to deliver

Analysts and technologists have long said that TV and film were ripe for a takedown, the same kind of disruption that blew up the music and newspaper sectors. Netflix has certainly shaken up Hollywood, but when it came to TV, especially cable TV, the tech guys moved slowly. Now here comes YouTube TV – Business Insider


Amazon now open to pay-TV integration

While Amazon’s on-demand movie service – bundled with its express parcel delivery – has been found on Android-enabled TV sets, the Apple TV box, and its Fire TV products it hasn’t really made the leap towards the pay-tv sector that has seemingly welcomed in rival Netflix. That may change – Julian Clover, Broadband TV News

WWE, Fox Tipped to have sealed a $1B Smackdown broadcast deal

It is possible Fox could also acquire the rights to Raw, though NBC is said to be highly interested in retaining the rights to WWE’s top-rated show. (Raw has attracted 3 million viewers per week so far this year, compared to 2.59 million for SmackDown, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

How Netflix uses analytics to help develop hit TV shows

Netflix data, Google trends and social media all help in determining logistics and budgeting, while the creative direction is still based on “believing in the storyteller – Yoni Heisler, BGR

Website tells you what’s for dinner based on what’s in your fridge

MyFridgeFood takes all the ingredients you know you have on-hand and gives you recipe options based on those items. It’s the way all recipe sites should work because it provides choices for meals that you can make right now instead of some hypothetical time in the future when you already went shopping for the required ingredients. – Mike Wehner, BGR


Yseult, Sevdaliza and Pabllo Vittar

Yseult, Sevdaliza and Pabllo Vittar

Chart Beat

Sevdaliza, Pabllo Vittar & Yseult's Multilingual Hit 'Alibi' Debuts on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100

The single by the Iranian-Dutch Sevdaliza brings together a host of cultures and styles in a winning mix that features French singer Yseult and Brazilian drag queen Pabllo Vittar and samples Colombian legend Magín Díaz.

A viral song featuring no less than four languages has debuted on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100 this week.

"Alibi" by Iranian-Dutch singer Sevdaliza arrives at No. 96 on the chart, while it holds the No. 19 spot on Billboard's Global 200.

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