Apple TV+, Netflix, etc could be made to finance Canadian content if a new law passes

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What you need to know

  • Canada has passed a bill that will require international streaming companies to help finance and promote Canadian content.
  • Apple TV+, Disney+, Netflix, and more would all be impacted if a law comes into force.

Apple TV+, Netflix, Disney+, and other streaming services could be forced to pump money into Canadian content as well as promote it on their services if a new law passes.

According to Bloomberg, a controversial bill has already passed that seeks to regulate streaming services in the same way as local TV companies. If it becomes law, it will mean that international streaming services will have to play by Canadian rules and promote Canadian content.

The legislation drafted by Justin Trudeau's government, known as Bill C-10, is meant to subject tech giants to the same requirements as traditional broadcasters -- effectively compelling companies like Netflix Inc. and TikTok Inc. to finance and promote Canadian content. It's among the most far-reaching plans by governments anywhere to regulate the algorithms tech companies use to amplify or recommend content.

Canada already has a regulatory body that's in charge of making sure local TV and radio stations don't get all of their content from outside its borders and this new law if passed, would extend its powers to the internet.

Under the existing law, a regulatory body known as the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission certifies what is and what is not Canadian. It can also issue fines for violations starting at C$250,000 ($202,500) or even suspend a broadcaster's license to operate. The new law would give the CRTC that same kind of power over internet companies.

It isn't clear whether the law will pass, however. To do so, the legislation would need to work its way through the senate which could be scuppered by an election taking place. Any new government would effectively need to start the process again should that happen.

Whether or not this law does pass, Apple TV+ is on a roll in terms of content. With so much great stuff to watch shouldn't you be watching it in style? Check out our collection of the best TVs you can buy for your next Ted Lasso fix.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.