Video Consumed on Mobile is on the Rise: CRTC


Canadians love watching video content on their mobile devices, the third (and final) part of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s (CRTC) 2015 Communications Monitoring Report reveals.

“Canadians have access to a wide array of choices, both traditional and online, for television and radio content. Content made by Canadians is available on all these platforms, and is well-supported by the broadcasting system. We encourage Canadians to use the information in the 2015 Communications Monitoring Report when they take part in public proceedings,” Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC said.

The overall time spent in front of the television remained stable compared to the previous year: 27.4 hours per week in 2014 compared to 27.9 hours per week in 2013. What did increase is the time spent watching television content over the Internet, which jumped from 1.9 hours per week to 2.7 hours.

Anglophones are slightly more likely to watch video content on their tablets than Francophones, 26% to 25%, but it is worth noting the 9% jump among Francophones: in 2013, only 16% of them watched content on tablets compared to the aforementioned 25% in 2014.

The amount of Internet video content consumed on smartphones was up from 23% in 2013 to 38% in 2014 for Anglophones, and it increased from 16% to 27% among Francophones.

The number of Canadian households subscribing to cable or IPTV services dropped 1.7% in 2014 to 11.6 million, compared to the 11.8 million reported in 2013.

Revenue in the Canadian broadcasting sector remained stable at $17.3 billion, accounting for 27% of all Canadian communications revenue. The biggest chunk of the above revenue went to five vertically integrated companies: BCE, Cogeco, Quebecor, Rogers, and Shaw, which generated $13.7 billion in broadcasting revenue, accounting for 87% of the total broadcasting revenue.