VMedia Inc. is a Canadian telecommunications company and broadcast
distribution provider. It offers VoIP telephone services across
Canada; DSL and cable Internet in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba,
Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia; and
service in Ontario, Quebec,
Alberta and British Columbia.
3 Carriage disputes
5 External links
VMedia officially launched on March 26, 2013. Following the launch of
IPTV television service in Ontario, the company announced in 2016
that its intention is to expand service to Quebec,
British Columbia in the future. On May 31, 2016,
IPTV service in parts of Quebec, and
British Columbia and
Alberta on June 22, 2016.
IPTV service is a traditional subscription television service
bundled with over-the-top content delivered through a proprietary
Android-based set-top box branded as "VBox". Subscription to the
television service requires a
VMedia internet plan, due to contracts
for some networks and other CRTC regulations requiring the content to
only be distributed over a managed network.
On September 16, 2016,
VMedia launched an over-the-top "skinny basic"
television service available via an app for
Roku digital media
players. The service offers 20 channels, including major Canadian and
U.S. broadcast networks and channels, and all in high definition.
Unlike the main television service, this version does not require
VMedia internet, and is thus available nationwide.
VMedia provides DSL and cable Internet services as a competitive local
exchange carrier by purchasing wholesale bandwidth from major network
providers including Bell, Rogers, Cogeco,
Vidéotron and Shaw
VMedia offers VoIP telephone service in two tiers: unlimited Canadian
long distance or unlimited "World" long distance (to 60
In September 2016,
Bell Media issued a cease and desist order to
Vmedia over its Roku-based
IPTV service, demanding the removal of all
of its networks. Canadian copyright law allows "retransmitters",
defined as "a person who performs a function comparable to that of a
cable retransmission system", to redistribute local and distant
broadcast stations as part of their services. However, this only
IPTV services operating over private networks, because the
law's definition of a retransmitter does not apply to services
operating on new media platforms that are not regulated by the CRTC.
Vmedia argued that its permission to redistribute these stations fell
under its CRTC licencing as a television provider. Bell
argued that the over-the-top service did not fall within this
definition, or the formal licencing for the
IPTV service offered in
conjunction with its internet, and thus is a violation of their
Vmedia representative George Burger disputed Bell's
arguments, stating that Canadian copyright law was "technologically
neutral", and that broadcasters were "happy to provide that content"
to similar, U.S.-based services such as Sling TV. However, he also
VMedia may not be able to afford litigation on the matter,
stating that "Bell has untold millions of dollars that it can afford
to spend on litigation. We're a startup. We're trying to find our way
to profitability." Pending the result of the lawsuit, VMedia
removed CTV and CTV Two from the service.
On November 22, 2016, the
Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruled that
Vmedia must obtain permission from
Bell Media to re-transmit its
over-the-air channels on an over-the-top service under current law,
but added that "If technology has overcome the existing laws and
policies, it is open to interested parties to put the issues before
the CRTC to try to revise the policies and the definitions".
Vmedia promet Internet, télé et téléphone 25% moins chers". Le
Soleil. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
VMedia Internet in Saskatchewan,
Manitoba & Northern Ontario".
VMedia Blog. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
^ a b "
VMedia Launches TV In BC and Alberta!".
VMedia Blog. Retrieved
22 June 2016.
VMedia TV Expands in Quebec!".
VMedia Blog. Retrieved 18 June
^ "IPTV's new wave looms over cable's old guard". The Globe and Mail.
Retrieved 4 January 2016.
VMedia approved to offer internet TV across Canada". cbc.ca. 8 May
2015. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
^ "Télé et internet: un nouvel acteur à bas prix". La Presse.
Retrieved 1 June 2016.
^ "VBox". VMedia. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
^ a b "VMedia, Bell to face off in court over live TV streaming
service". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
IPTV service is coming to
Roku devices in Canada".
MobileSyrup. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
VMedia Internet". VMedia. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
VMedia Home Phone". VMedia. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
^ a b "
Ontario court sides with Bell in dispute over
service". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 24 November 2016.
^ a b "Bell moves to stop VMedia's skinny basic TV app that bypasses
cable companies". CBC News. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
^ "Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42)". Justice Laws Website.
Government of Canada. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
VMedia pulls Bell channels amid legal threat over
Roku app". CBC
News. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
Cable, satellite, and other specialty television providers in Canada
Terrestrial and satellite
Telus Satellite TV
Bell (Cablevision for Val-d'Or, QC, MTS for Manitoba)
Cogeco (Ontario, Quebec)
EastLink (Atlantic, Northern Ontario, Western Canada)
Rogers Cable (Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland)
Source (Hamilton, ON)
Shaw (Western Canada, Northwestern Ontario)
Cable Axion (Magog, QC)
CityWest (Prince Rupert, BC)
DERYtelecom (Saguenay, QC)
Novus Cable (select areas of BC Lower Mainland)
Omineca Cablevision (Prince George, BC)
Westman (Brandon, MB)
Defunct cable and DBS companies of Canada
Telus Optik TV
Tbaytel Digital TV
Africa, Asia, and Oceania
1More than 400,000 television service subscribers.
Canadian Internet service providers
Bell Internet/Bell Aliant/Bell MTS
Rogers Hi-Speed Internet
Shaw Communications (Freedom Mobile)
National Capital FreeNet
Canadian VOIP Providers