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CRTC says VOD platforms continue to struggle with their revenues decreasing by 6.3%

Each year, the CRTC compiles financial data on the Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications sectors to produce a series of reports. To increase Canadians’ access to relevant information related to the Canadian broadcasting system, this year’s publication on specialty, pay, pay-per-view and video-on-demand platform services includes the amount they spent on animation and children’s programming. The …

Virgin territory for Shomi

Canadian on-demand service Shomi has acquired exclusive local SVOD rights to The CW’s Hispanic US-themed comedy Jane the Virginand CBS drama Madam Secretary. Furthermore, Californication will be available in its entirety as a SVOD product for the first time, and classic shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: The Original Series and Twilight …

Disney spending more time in Camp Lakebottom

Disney has acquired the second season of toon series Camp Lakebottom for several of its channels. The second 26x22mins run of the animated comedy show has been acquired by Disney Channels Asia. The series is distributed by 9 Story, which struck the Disney deals. The show debuted on Teletoon in Canada and Disney XD in the US …

Canadian Netflix Rival Taps Into The Wire

Canadian OTT service CraveTV has acquired all seasons of The Wire and will launch remastered episodes of the classic HBO series. The Wire is the latest in a long line of recent TV series acquisitions of Crave TV. In Canada it has exclusive rights to the HBO library. All episodes of The Wire have been remastered and will …

Music Icons Set for Canuck Netflix Competitor

The upcoming Canadian SVOD service known as ‘Project Latte’ has acquired music themed programming including documentary Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways and Aussie miniseries INXS: Never Tear Us Apart. Latte has also bought VH1 series Behind the Music, which chronicles the hardships and successes of the like of John Lennon and Genesis, and Classic Albums from Eagle …

SVOD Players Buy Medical Procedural Remedy

Several SVOD platforms have acquired Canadian medical procedural Remedy. The series, which is produced by Toronto-based Indian Grove and distributed by Red Arrow International, is on Global in Canada. The show looks at hospital life through the eyes of a charismatic orderly and his eccentric. Why drive traffic to 3rd party Video sites like YouTube and Vimeo? Launch …

Every ‘Friends’ Episode Is Coming to Netflix in 2015

All 10 seasons of Friends will be available to stream on Netflix starting in January 2015 for subscribers in the U.S and Canada, more than 10 years after its series finale aired in 2004. That will include all 236 episodes that ran on NBC from 1994 to 2004, thanks to a licensing deal Netflix inked with …

Bell undercuts Netflix with CraveTV

Canadian Telco and TV firm Bell is undercutting Netflix with its C$4 (US$3.52) a month OTT service, CraveTV. Bell claims that Crave will complement traditional TV “as an additive service featuring exclusive and premium programming, all at affordable price”.  Bell has been aggressively acquiring for Crave, buying Hollywood film and TV series, UK drama as well …

Netflix to Hit 17 million International Subscribers

Netflix is going to hit the mark of 17 million paying subscribers this year as per latest forecasts. This is even higher than the company’s own forecasts that had predicted to get 16.5 million paying customers by year-end. The growth is a result of the increase in subscriber base in Latin America and Canada. It …

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