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“In Canada, streaming productions have been beneficial to the Canadian film industry, creating jobs and opportunities for diverse actors and stories, and reflect the preference for serialization, binge viewing, and series over one-off films. Canada’s broadcast regulator, the CRTC, estimated Netflix revenue from Canada at $1.6 billion in 2019, with Netflix committing to spend $500 million on film and television production in Canada over five years. Canada also intends to tax streaming services $1 billion per year to finance Canadian film, music and TV productions. The insatiable demand for streamed content has had a positive democratizing impact on culture, creating more accessibility for diverse voices and stories, and providing entertainment choices for everyone. Instead of being held hostage to an auteur’s vision and elitist stereotypes, streaming allows anyone to share their talents and stories with the public. This is better than relying solely on the narratives of the Hollywood establishment, which fostered and shielded powerful members of the elite like Harvey Weinstein, and marginalized some groups or simply ignored their stories. As well, the democratizing impact of streaming has also had an entrepreneurial and cultural impact as anyone can get online and potentially monetize their talent and ideas. Some of my students paid their tuition through streaming, including one with millions of followers who watch replays of his video game matches, and another student who gets substantial views by giving dating advice on YouTube to awkward male teenagers.”

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