Smart move by Canada’s Crave SVOD

Canadian SVOD service CraveTV has launched on connected TVs. The service, which is owned by telco Bell, was previously available over the top and via Chromecast and Apple TV, but not via smart TV apps. It will now launch on Samsung connected sets. CraveTV has deals with HBO and Showtime among others. It has almost […]

Rogers names veteran as media president

Canadian conglomerate Rogers Communications has hired broadcasting industry veteran Rick Brace as its new president of its media division. Brace is replacing Keith Pelley, who recently announced a move to become CEO and commissioner of golf’s European Tour after five years as president of Rogers Media. Brace is a 35-year veteran of Canada’s media business, […]

Fresh Off the Boat docks at Shomi

Canadian SVOD platform Shomi has acquired Eddie Huang-inspired network comedy Fresh Off the Boat. The Rogers Communications- and Shaw Communications-owned Shomi bought the 13-part show from distributor 20th Century Fox Television Distribution. The show, which debuted internationally at the 2014 LA Screenings, has performed well for US broadcast network ABC, and was renewed for a […]

Canadian SVOD preps for Catastrophe

Canadian SVOD service Shomi has acquired UK-produced comedy Catastrophe. The series, which has previously picked up by Amazon for its Prime Instant Video service streaming service, follows an American man and British woman who become parents after a one-night stand. It went out on Channel 4 in the UK and the free-to-air broadcaster has ordered […]

Canadian SVOD service bags NBCU titles

Canadian on-demand platform Shomi has scored a deal with NBCUniversal handing it shows such as Dig (pictured), Parenthood and Chicago Fire. Shomi has bagged exclusive SVOD rights to various series, which also include Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, Chicago PD, 12 Monkeys, State of Affairs, Dominion, Satisfaction, Defiance, Royal Pains and Warehouse 13. Also included are non-exclusives such […]

DHX sells thousands of hours to SVOD

DHX Media has shopped 5,000 half hours to various international SVOD platforms. The Canadian kids producer and distributor has shopped 2,800 hours to Shomi, the SVOD service backed by cable companies Shaw and Rogers that launched late last year. DHX shows including Caillou, Johnny Test and Super Why! are now on the platform. UK-produced preschool hit […]

Canadian SVOD service strikes Sony deal

Shomi, the recently-launched Canadian SVOD service, has inked a programming deal with Sony Pictures Television. The deal gives Shomi exclusive rights to several SPT series in Canada, including Outlander (pictured), which will launch on February 13 on the SVOD service. Shomi, which is run by Canadian cable giants Shaw and Rogers, will also get SPT […]

HBO’s OTT service to shake up SVOD market

Roughly 17% of US broadband households would be likely to subscribe to HBO’s forthcoming over-the-top video service, according to new research by Parks Associates. The research firm said that among those likely to subscribe, 91% are currently pay TV subscribers, while roughly 50% would cancel their pay TV service after subscribing to HBO’s OTT service, […]

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 […]

Canada’s low-cost Netflix rival buys Amazon drama

Crave, the low-cost streaming service recently launched by Canadian telco and media company Bell, has bought Amazon cop drama Bosch. The series was Amazon Prime Instant Video’s first original hour-long drama. It is distributed by Red Arrow and based on the bestselling Michael Connelly book series. All ten Bosch episodes will launch simultaneously on Crave […]