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CRTC releases 2011 Communications Monitoring Report

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has issued its annual Communications Monitoring Report on the status of the Canadian communications sector. According to the report, in 2011 Canadians had access to 1,183 radio services and 702 television services. They watched an average of 28.5 hours of television per week, up from 28 hours in 2010. They also listened to an average of 17.7 hours of radio, up from 17.6 hours. Canadians watched an average 2.8 hours of Internet television per week, up from 2.4 hours in 2010. Four percent of respondents claimed to watch television programming exclusively online, while 4% watched programming on a smartphone and 3% on a tablet. In addition, 22% of anglophones and 17% of francophones listened to a radio station streamed over the Internet. Seventy-eight percent of Canadian households had an Internet subscription in 2011. The percentage of households with high-speed Internet access rose from 51% to 54%. The number of Canadians subscribing to wireless services increased by 6% to 27.4 million, while the number of home telephone subscribers declined by 2.7% to 12.2 million. The number of Canadian households subscribing to basic television services from cable or satellite companies increased by 2.2% to 11.8 million, or 89.6% of all households. Overall revenues for the communications industry rose to $59.3 billion in 2011, an increase of 3.3% from $57.4 billion in 2010. Revenues for broadcasting services grew by 5.5% to $16.6 billion, while those for telecommunications services increased by 2.5% to $42.7 billion. "Canadians are enthusiastic consumers of creative content, whether it is offered on television, radio or through digital platforms," said Jean-Pierre Blais, chairman of the CRTC. "The fact that they are spending more time watching or listening to programming is good news for Canadian creators."

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