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Online video services take off in Canada

October 23, 2015

More and more Canadians are turning to online video services, according to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Netflix subscription rates among the 18-34 years old age group rose from 29 per cent in 2013 to 58 per cent in 2014 among Anglophones, and from 7 per cent to 24 per cent during the same period for Francophones.

Overall viewing of traditional television has remained more or less unchanged. The average number of weekly viewing hours for Canadians aged 18 and over slipped only slightly, from 29.8 in 2011 to 29 in 2014. However, Canadians aged 18 to 34 spent less than half the number of hours (20 hours per week) watching conventional television compared with Canadians aged 65 and over (42 hours per week).

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