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Netflix clashes with Canadian regulators over disclosing subscriber data

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Ottawa (AFP) – Online video streaming service Netflix has refused to turn over subscriber data to the Canada’s broadcast regulator, a spokesman for the agency told AFP.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission had given the US company until Monday evening to disclose information including how many subscribers it has in Canada, its revenues, expenses, and its viewer numbers, said CRTC spokesman Denis Carmel.

The CRTC has been holding a series of hearings on the future of television regulation in Canada, after its latest report showed Canadians are watching more and more of content over the Internet.

But Netflix said the commercial data was confidential and refused to give it over, despite CRTC assurances it would be kept private, Carmel told AFP on Tuesday.

Carmel said the regulatory agency took note of Netflix’s refusal, but he did not give details on any possible consequences.

In Canada, Netflix use has spread more quickly among English-speakers, rising to 29 percent of English-language viewers this year compared to 21 percent a year earlier.

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Among French-language viewers, just seven percent have adopted the online service.

Canadian telecom and television companies Rogers Communications and Shaw Media also teamed up to launch, in October, a direct competitor with Netflix, called Shomi, at nearly the same price.

And Bell Canada has planned an online streaming platform, thanks to a deal giving them rights to popular shows by U.S. cable company HBO.

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Virginia Democrats are so fired up that the party chair had to scold them: ‘Sit down — be quit’

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Democrats in Virginia are fired up as they gathered in Richmond for their annual gala dinner.

Political analysts believe the Democratic Party of Virginia has a good chance to win control of the state legislature in 2019's election, before setting their sights on the Commonwealth continuing its recent trend of voting Democratic in presidential elections.

Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, attended the event.

He reported that Democrats were so "noisy" that it was hard to hear the speakers, which include presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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‘Everyone knows what to expect’ at Trump’s Amway Center re-election kickoff

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Donald Trump considers himself a legendary salesman, but can he really sell America on giving him four more drama-filled years at the White House?

Tuesday, he'll make his big pitch.

The 2020 reelection kickoff rally is being held in Orlando, Florida and campaign operations chief Michael Glassner says the "historic" event "has already generated tens of thousands of ticketing requests."

There's little mystery about how the night will go down.

Expect Trump, the self-promoting hero of his ghost-written book "The Art of the Deal," to claim the US economy is richer, the military stronger, and the country more respected than ever in history.

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Florida man’s own family blasts him after he was arrested for racist threats: ‘This isn’t how we were raised’

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After a Florida man was arrested for trying to start a race war, a member of his own family slammed his values.

"A Florida man’s social media posts that threatened violence against African-Americans, Jews and homosexuals and that urged his followers to start a race war netted him a $1 million bond," the Miami Herald reported Saturday. "And then there’s another $100,000 bond he would have to pay to get out of Lee County Jail because of a weapons charge."

Joshua Leff, 40, is being held in the Lee County Jail.

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