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.
Canada’s VMedia has launched a live liner play of Roku, giving consumers access to 20 live TV channels, including Canadian and U.S. networks such as CTV, CBC, GLOBAL, ICI, TVA and V, as well as CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX and PBS, all in HD and streamed to their TVs.
The streamed skinny bundle – after a seven-day free trial – will cost $18/mo., about the same as several U.S. operators are charging for a similar streamed package.
Canada’s government mandated pay-TV skinny bundles appear to be an early hit with consumers who, according to a J.D. Power survey, are happiest when they can "pick and pay" for TV channels at an affordable price.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is requiring operators to offer a skinny channel package with a $25 cap by December.
O! Canada is ticked at Netflix for blocking access to U.S. content
Not only has Canada been shut out of this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs – there’s not a single team playing from the Great White North – but Netflix has added insult to injury, cracking down on Canadians using VPNs to access the streamer’s richer U.S. catalog of content.
Canadian pay-TV operator Rogers Communications is offering its Sportsnet NOW over-the-top offering to consumers across Canada, outside the subscriber-only footprint the sportscaster has been operating and making it the first mainstream sports channel in the North American market to be available as a direct-to-consumer play.
The era of true a la carte pay TV has begun to roll out in Canada, putting conventional wisdom that the bundle is the best deal for consumers to the test, and setting up the question: who wins and who loses if every channel is on its own?
Canadian operators – starting this week – will be required to offer a basic package of channels for $25, with complete unbundling of content the goal by the end of this year.
Think binge watching video is just for kids? Think again. A study of Canadian consumers shows nearly half (49%) of consumers 50-59 years old have binged in the past year, just under the 55% average for all demographics.
The Media Technology Monitor said Millennials (of course) were the most apt to binge, defined as watching three or more episodes of a show consecutively, with 78% of 18-26 year olds, 76% of those 27-34, and 58% of 35-49.
Urban Communications, a decade-old Internet service provider in the Vancouver, British Columbia area, is rolling out a new IPTV service based on its recently launched 1 Gbps Internet service. Its IPTV play includes a basic package of 90 channels (35 HD) for $29/mo.
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.
With no Canadian teams left battling for the Stanley Cup (Tampa Bay, really?), two Great White North cable operators, Rogers and Shaw, have decided to heat up their own game with Netflix.
After years of strong growth – in the range of 220,000 new subs each year from 2007 to 2011 – Canadian operators saw cord cutting increase 631% between 2013 and 2014. And, warns researcher the Convergence Consulting Group, that pace doesn't look like it's slowing down.
Convergence said service providers lost 95,000 households in 2014, up from a net loss of 13,000 a year earlier. It’s forecasting operators to lose 97,000 more subs in 2015.