The April report begins with the visit of US President Joe Biden in Canada and the concerns expressed by a collection of US-based business groups regarding the Canadian Online Streaming Act and its compatibility with the provisions of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA). The report also discusses an industry letter from music streaming services regarding anticompetitive and unfair practices from Apple. In addition, the report emphasizes the struggle for subscribers and geographical expansion among online platforms, focusing on the new pan-African streaming service established by South African media group MultiChoice, Comcast’s NBCUniversal and Sky, as well as on the debates about content spending from Netflix and European broadcasters. Finally, the report turns to new partnerships and business plans, dealing with discussions about the treatment of artificial intelligence (AI) tools by the Writers Guild of America and with the agreement between Universal, Deezer and TIDAL.
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