CRTC Says Cord Cutting Pace in Canada Has Slowed Down Year-Over-Year


According to a new report from CBC News, the CRTC has revealed that the pace of cord-cutting in Canada has been slowing since 2015.

After an accelerated growth for about three years, the pace at which Canadians are switching to IPTV services appears to be slowing. In 2016, 300,000 Canadians subscribed to IPTV services, which brought a 13.8 percent increase from 2015. However, in 2015 year-over-year growth was at an astonishing 21.3 percent.

Cable and Satellite providers saw a 2.1 percent drop in revenue in 2016, which is a lot higher than the 0.1 revenue decline in 2015.

The CRTC also noted that conventional TV stations have also started loosing revenue as advertising sales drop. TV stations reported a 4.5 percent decline in advertising revenue in 2016.


  • Riddlemethis

    I call BS. Let’s see the raw data, CRTC. Besides. Internet rates are becoming ridiculous.

  • SV650

    It is available on the CRTC website, for your perusal.

  • mcfilmmakers

    Bell is raising their rates by 2-3$ in October. Maybe if they offered decent prices people wouldn’t look to leave

  • raslucas

    I think they are probably correct, but it’s simply because the cord cutting options for a lot of things suck. So the next group that are on the fence haven’t found what they needed elsewhere yet. 4K tv watchers, sports enthusiasts all kind of have to compromise if they don’t subscribe to a true tv plan… it’s possible to do it, I’m not on 4K yet but I certainly watch sports… but there’s compromises. No tsn Go app on AppleTV to watch whitecaps but luckily I have an Xbox One as well. . Sportsnet app for hockey, though NHL gamecentre has better quality but you need a vpn because of blackouts.

    All this stuff are paid for anyways. Let’s just say I’m inheriting a Shaw login for my tsn and sportsnet, so I’m almost cheating. I’m a Rogers customer for cellular so I get Gamecentre for free.

    It’s not a matter of demand. It’s a matter of supply. The content providers don’t want us to have better cheaper ways to watch the content. And as always in Canada, they work together to ensure it’s not easy. Yet do enough so they can say they are adapting.

  • Brenda

    Maybe it’s reached a point where it’s just the holdouts or undecided. Those most eager to cut the cord have already done so.

    I know a few people who still have cable because it’s too much trouble to move the laptop and connect it to the TV set, because finding content is harder than just pushing a button and looking at an onscreen guide, because their favourite programs are only available on cable and because they can afford to pay the high cost.

    Cable is the path of least resistance. Unless you have a compelling reason to jettison it (mine was originally a desire to watch BBC programs straight from the UK) you’ll probably stick to the familiar. But once you’ve cut the cord and discover how much better the programming is outside of the cable box (Netflix, Sundance Now, Mubi …. and especially YouTube) you’ll not go back.

    I’m looking forward to the end of country-specific licensing agreements and the tyranny of the CRTC telling us what to watch.

  • We cut the cord a year ago and haven’t looked back. Like you said, Netflix and YouTube, etc offer a lot of programming as well. I miss live sports but it feels liberating to have broken the TV addiction.

  • Same man, 2 and a half years for us, and we haven’t missed a single show. Of course sports is always sketchy, but I’m not really a sports watcher to begin with.
    Things like Netflix and Kodi are amazing apps and services, not to mention many TV channels offer free viewing on their websites too

  • Riddlemethis

    I just saw a recent article from Fortune in USA that it’s the complete opposite. They provided some data as well. The big 5 there are losing more subscribers then they’re getting.

    Sounds like the crtc is following Trump with his alternative facts.