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Media Beat: October 24, 2017

Stingray mobile app hits 2M milestone

Stingray Music’s mobile app—the only 100% Canadian-made free music app—has hit a milestone by topping 2M downloads, doubling the number reached in 2016. Over 60% of downloads originated in Canada, confirming widespread adoption across the country. The Montreal-based firm reports that over the past 12 months, 3.3M monthly visitors have spent an average of 9.2 hours a week listening to Stingray music channels, almost double hours tuned over the prior calendar year. The mobile app has over 2,000 channels in 100 genres including 200 channels dedicated to Canadian music. Each channel streams an average of 10-15 hours of continuous music.


Crave TV has partnered with New Metric Media to produce 40 new episodes of LetterKenny, the Canadian television sitcom created by Jared Keeso and Jacob Tierney that debuted on the Bell Media VoD channel in Feb. 2016. The show stars Keeso and Nathan Dales as Wayne and Daryl, two friends living in the fictional town of Letterkenny, ON, loosely based on Keeso's hometown of Listowel. The partnership includes cross-promotional support on a 26-city comedic tour that opens in Halifax on Feb. 28. With seasons 1-3 currently streaming, the agreement commits to a total of at least 73 episodes of the award-winning comedy.

— Long-time sportscaster John Gallagher has had close to four decades of hosting some of the top-rated radio and TV shows in Canada and, while he was at it, doing enough drugs to wipe out a small village. Along the way there was plenty of drinking, cavorting, and gallivanting with some of the coolest, biggest, and baddest sports stars and Hollywood celebs around. On Nov. 18, Dundurn will publish his 288-page softback life and times, entitled Big League Babble On. According to one insider who has seen a galley draft, this is one memoir that is all but guaranteed to cause a shit storm amongst feminists and perhaps have some of the women he has known, unnamed but perhaps identifiable, ducking for cover.  

Steve Vogelsang, a former news director and sports anchor at then-named CKY Television (now CTV), was arrested Oct. 21 and is facing two counts of robbery after it is alleged he pulled two bank robberies in Winnipeg.  

Spotify could go public with a valuation of US$20B, according to investment bank GP Bullhound. It says that the music streaming service's growth will be driven by more paid subscribers, entrance into new markets and better deals with music labels. Eventually, GP Bullhound said Spotify could be worth $100B.

Netflix could become the industry’s biggest content spender in 2018 with an expectation to spend between US$7B and $8B in the year. For comparison, the $8B figure would be nearly twice what broadcast networks like NBC and CBS spend on content, according to data from SNL Kagan and Boston Consulting Group.

Worth Noting

Tabatha Southey joins Maclean’s and shares a few words about her former bosses

The popular Globe & Mail columnist was famously dismissed by e-mail and opens up about her time at the Globe & Mail and making fun of Margaret Wente on Twitter — Jonathan Goldsbie, CanadaLand

Porn makes a comeback

Taboos are fading, money is a driver, and a series of shows have lowered the bar on what mainstream is in this day and age. xHamster last year produced Sex Factor. Pitched initially to mainstream producers and distributors, the reality show saw 16 contestants compete in explicit challenges for contracts with a major porn studio — Mark Hay, Vice

Canada needs to follow Quebec lead on taxing Netflix

The European Union, Norway, Australia, Japan, South Korea, South Africa and other countries have already moved to correct the competitive disparity between foreign and domestic providers of digital services within their borders.

The reason foreign providers of digital services are not obligated to collect sales tax stems from the (lack of a) definition for “carrying on business” in The Excise Tax Act. If a business is “carrying on,” it must register for, collect and remit GST/HST. Canadian policy determines whether or not the business is “carrying on” based on the location of the supplier. The tax advantage that foreign companies enjoy could be fixed by making the obligation to register for GST/HST purposes based on the location of consumers — Rosalie Wyonch, CD Howe Insitute, writing in The Star

Are TV stations losing their advertising relevance?

It’s  a $20B business at stake and stations need to be able to offer programmatic ad deals with their clients if they are to maintain their share of the advertising pie — Wayne Friedman, Media Post

Five sad realities of working in dying radio business

People imagine radio personalities are out hobnobbing with Lady Gaga, but we're mostly hobnobbing with Lady Linda from the Visa collections department. No one works as just an on-air personality anymore. A lot of people you hear on the radio are doing double duty in the sales or promotions department  — Lydia Bugg, Cracked

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