Canada


Cogeco rejects revised C$11.1bn Altice USA bid

The Audet family, which holds a controlling interest in Canada’s Cogeco, has rejected a revised offer to acquire the company by Altice USA. Altice had been hoping to take over Cogeco’s US subsidiary Atlantic Broadband and divest the Canadian operation to Rogers Communications. Altice USA presented a revised offer to acquire 100% of Cogeco for […]

Audets resist Altice USA’s €7bn move to acquire Atlantic Broadband

Altice USA, the European-based service provider’s US offshoot, has made an offer to acquire the ninth largest American cable operator, Atlantic Broadband, through the purchase of the outstanding shares of Canada-based Cogeco Communications, its owner. However, Cogeco executive chairman Louis Audet and his family, who control multiple voting shares as controlling shareholder, have indicated via […]

Mediapro seals Canadian football deal with StarTimes

Spanish broadcaster and producer Mediapro’s Canadian unit has sealed a distribution deal with Chinese-owned African pay TV operator StarTimes for coverage of the Canadian Premier League’s Island Games tournament currently taking place in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The StarTimes deal will take the Canadian competition to 13 million pay TV subscribers in 47 territories across sub-Saharan […]

Virgin Mobile Canada launches app-based TV service

Bell Canada-owned Virgin Mobile Canada has launched an app-based TV offering, Virgin TV, for its internet subscribers in Ontario and Québec – the two Canadian provinces where the MVNO provides fixed internet. The new service does not require a set-top box or installation, and but is available on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, laptops, Amazon Fire TV […]

Quibi signs Canadian marketing and content deal with Bell

Quibi, the short-form streamer backed by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman, has revealed a content and marketing deal with Canadian telco Bell.  Bell will also become Quibi’s exclusive marketing partner in the telecommunications category. The telco will market the streamer to Canadians via its media and mobility marketing channels. Ahead of the platform’s April 6 […]

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 […]

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