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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 IPTV
IPTV
television service in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta
Alberta
and British Columbia.[1][2][3][4]

Contents

1 History 2 Services

2.1 Television 2.2 Internet 2.3 Telephone

3 Carriage disputes 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] VMedia officially launched on March 26, 2013. Following the launch of its IPTV
IPTV
television service in Ontario, the company announced in 2016 that its intention is to expand service to Quebec,[5] Alberta
Alberta
and British Columbia
British Columbia
in the future.[6] On May 31, 2016, VMedia formally launched IPTV
IPTV
service in parts of Quebec, and British Columbia
British Columbia
and Alberta
Alberta
on June 22, 2016.[3][7] Services[edit] Television[edit] VMedia's IPTV
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".[8] 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.[9] On September 16, 2016, VMedia launched an over-the-top "skinny basic" television service available via an app for Roku
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.[9][10] Internet[edit] 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
Vidéotron
and Shaw Communications.[11] Telephone[edit] VMedia offers VoIP telephone service in two tiers: unlimited Canadian long distance or unlimited "World" long distance (to 60 countries).[12] Carriage disputes[edit] In September 2016, Bell Media
Bell Media
issued a cease and desist order to Vmedia over its Roku-based IPTV
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 applies to IPTV
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.[13][14][15] Bell argued that the over-the-top service did not fall within this definition, or the formal licencing for the IPTV
IPTV
service offered in conjunction with its internet, and thus is a violation of their copyrights. 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 warned that 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."[14] Pending the result of the lawsuit, VMedia removed CTV and CTV Two from the service.[16] On November 22, 2016, the Ontario
Ontario
Superior Court of Justice ruled that Vmedia must obtain permission from Bell Media
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".[13] References[edit]

^ " Vmedia promet Internet, télé et téléphone 25% moins chers". Le Soleil. Retrieved 31 May 2016.  ^ " VMedia Internet in Saskatchewan, Manitoba
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 2017.  ^ "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.  ^ "VMedia's IPTV
IPTV
service is coming to Roku
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
Ontario
court sides with Bell in dispute over VMedia streaming 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
Roku
app". CBC News. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 

External links[edit]

Official website

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Cable, satellite, and other specialty television providers in Canada

Terrestrial and satellite

Satellite

Bell TV Shaw Direct Telus Satellite TV

Cable

Major1

Bell (Cablevision for Val-d'Or, QC, MTS for Manitoba) Cogeco
Cogeco
(Ontario, Quebec) EastLink (Atlantic, Northern Ontario, Western Canada) Look Communications Rogers Cable
Rogers Cable
(Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland) Source (Hamilton, ON) Shaw (Western Canada, Northwestern Ontario) Vidéotron
Vidéotron
(Quebec)

Minor

Access (Saskatchewan) Cable Axion
Cable Axion
(Magog, QC) CityWest
CityWest
(Prince Rupert, BC) DERYtelecom (Saguenay, QC) Novus Cable (select areas of BC Lower Mainland) Omineca Cablevision
Omineca Cablevision
(Prince George, BC) Westman (Brandon, MB)

See also

Defunct cable and DBS companies of Canada

IPTV

Bell

Fibe(Aliant) Fibe TV(ON/QC) MTS TV(MB)

Comwave SaskTel
SaskTel
MaxTV Telus Optik TV Tbaytel
Tbaytel
Digital TV Vmedia Zazeen

MMDS

Craig Wireless

Africa, Asia, and Oceania Americas Europe

1More than 400,000 television service subscribers.

v t e

Canadian Internet service providers

Incumbent

Access Communications Bell Internet/Bell Aliant/Bell MTS Cogeco Rogers Hi-Speed Internet SaskTel Shaw Communications
Shaw Communications
(Freedom Mobile) Telus Internet Vidéotron

Independent

Comwave Eastlink MNSi Telecom National Capital FreeNet Primus Canada SSI Micro TekSavvy Vmedia Westman Xplornet YourLink Zazeen

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Canadian VOIP Providers

Public internet

BabyTEL Comwave Iristel Primus Canada TekSavvy Vonage Vmedia Xplornet Zazeen

Private network

Access Communications Cogeco EastLink Rogers Telecom Shaw Vidéo

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