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The Canadian Radio television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) released the final part of the 2015 Communications Monitoring Report, which provides information on the state of the broadcasting industry in Canada. The Communications Monitoring Report is now available in its entirety.

While the time spent watching conventional television declined slightly across all age groups in 2014, the overall average remained stable at 27.4 hours each week compared to 27.9 hours in 2013. Canadians aged 18 and over also watched 2.7 hours of television content over the Internet, an increase from 1.9 hours the previous year. Eight percent of Canadians report watching television exclusively online.

­The percentage of Anglophones who watched Internet video content on a tablet grew from 20% in 2013 to 26% in 2014, while among Francophones it increased from 16% to 25% during the same period. The percentage of Anglophones who watched Internet video content on a smartphone also grew going from 23% in 2013 to 38% in 2014, while it increased from 16% to 27% during the same period among Francophones.

The percentage of Canadian households subscribing to cable, satellite or Internet Protocol television (IPTV) services went from 83.7%, or 11.8 million households, in 2013 to 82%, or 11.6 million households, in 2014. IPTV, a relatively new means of receiving television services, grew more than four-fold to over 1.7 million subscribers in the last 5 years.

Canadians also had access to a variety of radio stations and audio services. In 2014, there was a small decline in the average time spent listening to radio stations across all age groups. As a result, Canadian listeners in markets measured by diaries consumed 18.8 hours of radio content per week in 2014, compared to 19.3 hours in 2013. Twenty-two percent of Canadians also streamed an AM or FM station's signal online, and 18% used personalized online music streaming services.

In 2014, total broadcasting revenues increased 1.4% to reach $17.3 billion. The broadcasting sector invested nearly $3 billion in the creation of new television content made by Canadians, as well as nearly $60 million in new Canadian audio content and to support Canadian artists.

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