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Comment: Re:Netflix / Google's argument is surely valid (Score 1) 108

by omnichad (#47992621) Attached to: Not Just Netflix: Google Challenges Canada's Power To Regulate Online Video

I would personally call "other means of telecommunication" another name for "The Internet." A broadcast receiving apparatus could be a Roku if a computer is not specific enough.

Then again, here in the US, the Internet isn't considered telecommunication. Otherwise, net neutrality would have taken hold long ago and cable Internet customers would be paying into a Universal Service Fund to expand broadband to rural areas.

Comment: Re:Come on... (Score 1) 108

by omnichad (#47992547) Attached to: Not Just Netflix: Google Challenges Canada's Power To Regulate Online Video

Except that Netflix is hardly different than a DVD rental store in many respects (distribution).

But anyone can self-publish even without the likes of Youtube. All you need is a server with bandwidth and advertising dollars. And there's less of a need than ever for a central distribution point like Youtube for all but the smallest content creators.

Comment: Re:Broadcast rights (Score 1) 108

by omnichad (#47992533) Attached to: Not Just Netflix: Google Challenges Canada's Power To Regulate Online Video

And strangely, Netflix USA has plenty of Canadian content. The problem is the middlemen. The content creators shop their works around to distributors. The distributors sign licenses for their country. Then, when Netflix comes along, the distributors all have exclusive rights by country. Netflix is forced to sign with multiple distributors to have the same content in multiple countries.

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