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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.

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.

O! Canada is ticked at Netflix for blocking access to U.S. content
Netflix, SVOD, Content
O! Canada is ticked at Netflix for blocking access to U.S. content
Apr 21 2016 4:00 AM

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.

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.”

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.

Bell Media adds 4 new CraveTV partners in Ontario
SVOD, Pay TV
Bell Media adds 4 new CraveTV partners in Ontario
Mar 19 2015 5:00 AM

Bell Media’s CraveTV is having a busy year signing up partners to offer the $4/month streaming service, which it rolled out in December and describes as a service “designed to complement the traditional television ecosystem.” The Canadian telco this week announced it signed four more operators to carry the SVoD play.

CraveTV gets 4 new distributors in Canada, but can it thrive against Netflix?
Pay TV, SVOD
CraveTV gets 4 new distributors in Canada, but can it thrive against Netflix?
Feb 17 2015 5:45 AM

Recent research from NPD Group has suggested that SVoD customers use more TV services than non-subscribers; a theory that says subscription services could actually help, rather than hurt pay-TV operators.