Vice, Rogers launching Viceland channel

Canadian cable giant Rogers and Vice are teaming to launch the Viceland linear TV channel in Canada, where the hipster brand started out two decades ago. Vice Media, which counts A+E, Disney and Fox among its investors, recently announced the launch of a US cable net in partnership with A+E. That JV is limited to […]

Italian drama sells in Cannes

Several broadcasters bought Italian crime series The Young Montalbano in Cannes last week. The cop series is distributed by RAI Com, the programme sales arm of Italian pubcaster RAI. The BBC picked up the new season of the show for the UK, NHK took it for Japan and RAI Com said it was close to […]

Canadian Netflix rival snags Amazon originals

Canadian SVOD service Shomi has acquired exclusive local rights to a raft of Amazon’s original programming. Shomi launched last year and is going up against Netflix and Latte in an increasingly competitive Canadian streaming market. It has now added to its exclusive line-up with several of Amazon Studios original series, which go out on its […]

Canadian Netflix rivals snags exclusive Disney deal

Recently-launched Canadian SVOD service Shomi has struck a programming deal with Disney. The deal, with The Walt Disney Studios and The Disney/ABC Television Group, gives the SVOD a range of TV series and features from the Hollywood studio. TV series in the deal include ABC network series Scandal and Revenge and ABC Family show Twisted. […]

Virgin territory for Shomi

Canadian on-demand service Shomi has acquired exclusive local SVOD rights to The CW’s Hispanic US-themed comedy Jane the Virgin and CBS drama Madam Secretary. The deal will distributor CBS Studios International also includes exclusive Canadian rights for the NCIS franchise, which comprises NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles and new season series NCIS: New Orleans, plusReckless, Hawaii Five-O, Elementary, Star […]

Vice and Rogers team for C$100m Canadian studio

Youth content brand Vice Media and communications giant Rogers are joining forces to create a new C$100 million (US$89.2 million) Canadian studio that will make factual and entertainment content for TV, the internet and mobile devices. The pair will also launch a Vice TV channel in Canada. Vice will have creative control of the studio’s […]

Shomi bags premium Starz shows

Upcoming Canadian SVOD service Shomi has acquired a package of premium shows from Starz Digital Media, the on-demand licensing arm of US network Starz. The deal includes New York crime drama Power, which rapper Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson executive produces, LeBron James’ upcoming basketball-themed comedy Survivor’s Remorse, pirate drama Black Sails, David S. Goyer’s Da […]

Canadian cablers take on Netflix with Shomi

Shaw and Rogers are launching Shomi, a new subscription video-on-demand service, which will go head to head with Netflix in the battle for Canadian SVOD customers. Announcing the new service yesterday, the Canadian cable operator and media companies said that Shomi will use ‘algorithmic technology to help you pick what you actually want to watch’. […]

News brief: FYI channel launching in Canada

The FYI channel is launching in Canada as part of Shaw Media’s bouquet of specialty channels. The channel, which is owned and run by A&E in the US and Shaw in Canada, will target female Canadian viewers with lifestyle shows including. The new net will rollout in Canada at start-September. Cable operator Rogers will offer […]

Rogers preparing to take on Netflix with streaming service

Canadian cable company Rogers is preparing to launch its own streaming service, according to local reports. The MSO has previously said it is looking at opportunities to launch a video streaming service and has a C$100 million war chest for content acquisitions for the soon-to-launch platform. The reports originated on online news service before […]