Call it The Little Service that Couldn’t; shomi, the subscription video on demand service floated jointly by Canadian cablecos Shaw Communications and Rogers Communications will be shutting down operation by the end of November.
Netflix has wrapped up a deal with CBS Studios International giving it exclusive global rights outside the U.S. and Canada to the latest iteration of the Star Trek franchise that CBS plans to roll out in January.
When Canadian operator Bell Canada launched its streaming video-on-demand service CraveTV a year ago, it was intended as a line of defense against U.S.-based SVOD behemoth Netflix, which has been terrorizing Canadian pay-TV providers since it deployed in the Great White North in 2010. This week the telco announced it was making Netflix available on its set-top boxes, an abrupt about-face from its efforts to attenuate the “Netflix Effect.”
More bad news for North American pay-TV providers, this time from the Great White North where a look at the nine-month numbers for publicly traded service providers show the industry lost 7X more subs this year than over the same period a year ago.
Ottawa-based research and consulting firm Boon Dog said the top providers were down 153,000 TV subscribers in their respective three fiscal 2015 quarters – record losses – compared to 22,000 subs lost in the same quarters in 2014.
Canadian operator Bell Media is stepping outside its footprint with its seven-month-old subscription video-on-demand service, CraveTV, saying the service will be available over the top direct to consumers in the Great White North starting in January.