Canada


Canadian cable and TV leader Jim Shaw dies, aged 60

Jim Shaw, vice-chairman and former CEO of Canada’s Shaw Communications, has died after a short illness, aged 60. Shaw, the son of the company’s founder JR Shaw, served as the second CEO of Shaw Communications from 1998 to 2010. Under Shaw’s leadership, the company reinforced its leadership position in Western Canada by concluding an asset […]

Marc Dorcel launches Canadian TV channel, VOD service

French adult entertainment company Marc Dorcel has partnered with Canada’s Vanessa Media to launch a TV channel and VOD service in Canada. The service will be Marc Dorcel branded, will be available in both French and English language versions, and will strive to offer “the best of adult entertainment”. “For obvious reasons, because we share […]

Zone TV taps AI for self-scheduling digital channels

US and Canada-based OTT TV technology outfit Zone-TV is planning to tap the power of artificial intelligence to launch an OTT TV service with ‘linear-like’ channels that automatically schedule themselves according to the preference of the individual viewer. Zone-TV, formerly known as ES3, has acquired rights to about 70,000 shows not previously seen on TV […]

A+E Networks names Latin America and Canada chief

A+E Networks has named Francisco Guijon as SVP, Americas, responsible for managing the profitability and expansion of A+E’s channels and media assets in Latin America and Canada. Guijon was previously programming, content and ad sales director at Liberty Global-owned Chilean cable operator VTR. At the cable outfit he headed the company’s content strategy, which included […]

HBO tops pay list as US subscribers become more selective

HBO is the channel consumers in the US and Canada are willing to pay the most for, and 80% of consumers only want to pay for the channels they actually watch, according to TV technology outfit TiVo’s Q2 2017 Video Trends Report. According to the report, HBO tops the ranking of prices that consumers are […]

Netflix agrees C$500m originals deal with Canada

Netflix has committed a five-year, C$500 million (€340 million) spend on Canadian original programming, and will pay no local taxes as a result. The SVOD giant will invest the money in English- and French-language programming over the next five years following an agreement with the Canadian government. Terms of the deal with Heritage Canada see […]

Comwave taps ABOX42 for new TV offering

Canadian independent telecom operator Comwave has tapped Germany-based set-top provider ABOX42 to deliver its new TV service. The operator is using the German technology company’s ABOX42 M30-Series Smart Set-Top Box platform for its new ComwaveTV service. Comwave offers internet and IP telephony services to consumer, business enterprise and wholesale in over 1,100 cities in Canada […]

Canada’s Comwave selects Abox42 set-top box

Canadian communications company, Comwave, has selected an Abox42-produced set-top box for its new ComwaveTV service. Comwave is using Abox42’s M30-Series smart set-top box for Comwave TV – an IPTV service that offers live TV, on-demand, catchup and network PVR functionality. “Our technical teams looked closely at the options and Abox42 had the best balance of […]

North American SVOD subscriptions to grow 53% by 2022

The number of North American SVOD subscriptions is due to grow by 53% between 2016 and 2022, according to Digital TV Research. The new study claims that the number of people subscribing to TV and movie platforms will climb from 122 million in the region at the end of 2016, to 171 million by 2022. […]

XITE launches 4K music service in Canada

Netherlands-based music company XITE announced the launch of a 4K music video experience in Canada. XITE 4K broadcasts the best music videos in Ultra HD and is now available through Rogers Communications, one of Canada’s leading providers of cable television. XITE’s music video experience is available to Rogers customers with a 4K subscription and NextBox 4K set-top […]

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