Canada


North American cable debut for MediaKind

Canadian cable operator Cogeco Connexion has tapped MediaKind, the new brand forged out of Ericsson’s media solutions business, to deliver advanced TV services for its subscribers. Cogeco Conexion, which is the second largest operator in Ontario and Quebec provinces, will use MediaKind’s technology, including the MediaFirst TV platform with Android Google mobile services, rncoding on-demand, […]

DAZN secures extended Serie A rights for Germany and Austria

Sports streaming platform DAZN has secured exclusive rights to Italian Serie A football in Germany and Austria for the next three seasons, and co-exclusive rights in Japan and Canada. DAZN has secured the exclusive rights to air 380 Serie A matches in Germany and Austria during the three seasons from 2018. The OTT TV platform […]

NBCUniversal’s Hayu to launch in Canada

NBCUniversal International has unveiled plans to launch its female-focused subscription video-on-demand service Hayu in Canada this year. This launch of the reality-theme service in Canada will extend the number of markets in which Hayu is available to eight. The service has been available in the UK, Ireland and Australia since March 2016 and in Norway, […]

Netflix teams up with Hot Docs in five-year funding deal

Netflix and Canada’s documentary festival and conference, Hot Docs, are unveiling a five-year funding and development initiative for Canadian filmmakers. The Hot Docs ‘Canadian Storytellers Project’ will invest in funding and professional development programs for Canadian documentarians who may be indigenous, French-speaking, deaf and/or have a disability, or that are persons of colour. This will […]

CBS All Access makes first international move with Canada launch

CBS All Access, CBS’ SVOD service, has launched in Canada marking its first expansion into an international market. Canadian audiences will now be able to access 20 primetime shows including Star Trek: Discovery, NCIS, Bull, Seal Team, MacGyver and Instinct, with new episodes available seven days after they are broadcast. They can also access CBS’ original series such as The Good Fight and comedy […]

ABOX42 teams up with Singularity

Germany-based set-top provider ABOX42 has teamed up with US-based TV technology outfit Singularity to market a joint TV-everywhere solution for the US, Canadian and South and Central American markets. ABOX42 has integrated its Smart STB platform with Singularity’s HTML5-based middleware to support IPTV and OTT multiscreen services with features such as live, catch-up, restart, and […]

Canada’s Rogers Media drops Viceland with JV terminated

Rogers Media and Vice Media are terminating their joint venture, meaning linear network Viceland will cease broadcasting in Canada. As a result of the termination, Rogers Media has transferred its interest in Vice Studio Canada to Vice Canada, and Viceland will cease broadcasting on 31 March, 2018. Viceland content will continue to be available to […]

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 […]

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