Future Shop Closing Good for Independents

Gordon Brockhouse 03/28/2015 11:57:39 AM EST in Industry

Future Shop Closing Good for Independents

Today's closing of 66 Future Shops is brutal news for the chain's employees and their families; but good news for the independent and regional channels, says James Murphy, President of Power Audio Video Group.

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BREAKING NEWS: Future Shop Stores Closing in Canada, Converting to Best Buys

Published: 03/28/2015 10:11:01 AM EST

BREAKING NEWS: Future Shop Stores Closing in Canada, Converting to Best Buys

UPDATED: WiFi HiFi has learned that half of all Future Shop stores in Canada will be closing, effectively immediately, and the other half will be converted to Best Buy locations.

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Will Unbundling Be Good for Canadian TV Viewers?

Published: 03/27/2015 03:09:02 PM

Will Unbundling Be Good for Canadian TV Viewers?

In a major shift of the TV landscape in Canada, the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has ordered the unbundling of television channels, requiring that, at least by late 2016, providers offer pick-and-pay options. But is this a good thing for consumers?


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BlackBerry Good News-Bad News: Profit Up, Sales Down

Published: 03/27/2015 02:53:42 PM

BlackBerry Good News-Bad News: Profit Up, Sales Down

Like the old good news-bad news jokes, BlackBerry's last quarter results have some of both. Profits are up, and along with the news share prices, but sales were down. BlackBerry surprised many analysts with a $28 million profit, and disappointed with a 33% revenue drop.

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Air Canada Launches Apple Watch App

Published: 03/27/2015 01:30:28 PM

Air Canada Launches Apple Watch App

The industry is excitedly anticipating the launch of the Apple Watch on April 24. And along with several accessories, companies are already devising apps that will work with the smart watch. The latest is Air Canada, which will allow fliers to keep on top of important travel information right from the wrist.

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CRTC Puts TV Viewers “In the Driver’s Seat”

Published: 03/26/2015 12:31:47 PM

CRTC Puts TV Viewers “In the Driver’s Seat”

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) continues to make news, with its announcement today of a new draft code aimed at helping Canadians “make informed choices and resolve disputes with their television service providers.” The CRTC is also once again reaching out to consumers, asking for input to help shape the final code.

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HTC One M9 Coming to Canada April 17

Published: 03/26/2015 10:20:01 AM

HTC One M9 Coming to Canada April 17

HTC's new flagship smartphone, the One M9, has an official Canadian release date: it will hit carriers north of the border on April 17, 2015.

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Move Over, Smartphone Market. There's a Nuu Player in Town

Published: 03/26/2015 08:30:01 AM

Move Over, Smartphone Market. There's a Nuu Player in Town

Rochester, MN-based NUU Mobile has revealed its first unlocked Android smartphone, the 4G Z8, built on Android 5.0 Lollipop, and boasting a 1.7 GHz Octa-core processor.

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Ogio X-Train 2 Athletic Pack Combines Work & Workout Gear

Published: 03/26/2015 07:50:01 AM

Ogio X-Train 2 Athletic Pack Combines Work & Workout Gear

Ogio has debuted its new X-Train 2 athletic pack is meant to be used during the workday, then easily transition for workouts.

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Did Bell Tell CTV to Block CRTC Coverage?

Published: 03/26/2015 03:46:23 AM

Did Bell Tell CTV to Block CRTC Coverage?

The Globe and Mail has reported that Kevin Crull, President of Bell Media, intervened directly in news coverage of the CRTC’s ‘pick-and-pay’ decision by the Bell-owned CTV network. Crull is said to have ordered the exclusion of CRTC Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais from CTV coverage, resulting in the cancellation of at least one previously-scheduled interview with Blais.

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