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Canadian pay-TV operators pull the plug on failed SVOD service shomi
SVOD, Pay TV
Canadian pay-TV operators pull the plug on failed SVOD service shomi
Sep 27 2016 1:45 PM

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.

4K, Broadband
Canada's Bell offers new wireless 4K hub
Sep 01 2016 1:30 PM

Canadian operator Bell has rolled out what it's calling the world's first fully wireless IPTV service with the Wireless 4K Whole Home PVR from Fibe TV.

Star Trek to boldly go with Netflix for global distribution of new series
Content Deals, SVOD
Star Trek to boldly go with Netflix for global distribution of new series
Jul 18 2016 8:15 AM

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.

Caving to content cravings, Canadian operator Bell adds Netflix to STBs
SVOD, Pay TV, Millennials
Caving to content cravings, Canadian operator Bell adds Netflix to STBs
Dec 17 2015 10:45 AM

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.”

O, Canada! Cord-cutting losses accelerate through 1st nine months of 2015
Pay TV, OTT, Cord Cutting
O, Canada! Cord-cutting losses accelerate through 1st nine months of 2015
Nov 11 2015 12:00 AM

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.

Canada’s Bell Media taking its SVOD service, CraveTV, over the top
SVOD, Pay TV, Millennials
Canada’s Bell Media taking its SVOD service, CraveTV, over the top
Jul 14 2015 5:00 AM

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.