Canada


TF1 takes majority stakes in Play Two and Canada’s Reel One

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has taken a majority stake in musical production outfit Play Two, upping its stake to 51%. Play Two, created in 2016 by Julien Godin and Sébastian Duclos, has emerged as a leading independent label and event producer, with popular artists including Gim’s MC Solaar, David Hallyday, Trois Cafés Gourmands and Kids […]

Global TV launches Roku app

Canadian broadcaster Global TV has announced that its shows are now available on Roku devices in the country. Global TV becomes Canada’s first broadcaster to launch on Roku. Global customers will be able to watch shows including Survivor, New Amsterdam, Saturday Night Live, Chicago Fire, Big Brother Canada, 9-1-1, Saturday Night Live, and The Late […]

Mediapro hails launch of Canadian Premier League and OneSoccer

Spanish broadcaster and producer Mediapro said it had contributed to the successful launch of the Canadian Premier League, the new Canadian professional soccer league, with the first two matches played over the weekend. Mediapro acquired all the media rights within the Canadian Soccer Business (CSB) portfolio for the next 10 years in February, including the […]

Netflix creates Canadian production hub

Netflix is creating a dedicated production hub in Toronto, Canada, expanding pre-existing investment in the territory which saw it strike a C$500m originals deal and tie-up with the Canadian Film Centre. The streamer has chosen two studio spaces in Toronto to expand its production presence in Canada. At Cinespace Studios, Netflix will lease four sound […]

Starz to debut in Canada as Lionsgate ramps up integration and international expansion

Lionsgate-owned streaming service Starz is ramping up its international expansion effort with a launch in Canada, while Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer has promised closer integration between the studio and Starz to fuel the latter’s international growth, and an eventual breaking out of international subscriber information as a separate line in the company’s financials. Starz has […]

Tubi raises US$25m, plans international expansion

US-based streaming service Tubi has announced plans to launch in additional international territories this year after closing US$25 million in funding. The advertising-supported video-on-demand service is currently available in the US and Canada and said that it will announce its first new market launch this quarter as part of an “aggressive” expansion plan. The news […]

NBCU launches Hayu in Canada

NBCUniversal International’s reality TV-focused SVOD service, Hayu, has gone live in Canada. The subscription service launched with more than 6,000 episodes of content from over 200 reality shows – including Keeping Up with the Kardashians, The Real Housewives and Million Dollar Listing. “We’re thrilled to now be delivering the innovative all-reality SVOD service – Hayu – in Canada,” said Hendrik McDermott, […]

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, […]

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