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Project Latte grabs Seinfeld Canadian SVOD Rights

All 180 episodes of the cult sitcom will be available for binge-viewing after the Bell Media streamer launches by the end of the year.

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CBC/Radio-Canada: dumbing down or shaping up for the digital age?

The pubcaster’s chaotic town hall on Wednesday debated the pluses and minuses of Vice Media and its mobile-first strategy as the embattled network makes a digital turn.

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Shomi unveils content licensing deal with Walt Disney, Disney/ABC

The film and TV catalogue deal is the latest sign that the market for SVOD rights in Canada for Hollywood fare has tightened.

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‘Bite-size’ M&A deals the new trend for media cos: report

A new report from tax consultant EY says M&A activity in the media and entertainment sector is at a three-year high.

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Cineplex Q3 earnings hit by soft summer box office

Higher concessions revenue offset the impact of dud movies and falling attendance.

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Why freemium content is the better route to digital riches

A new Canada Media Fund report argues the freemium business model works best for digital content creators getting their product into the market.

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CTV orders fourth season of Saving Hope

The commission will bring the medical drama to 67 hours.

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CRTC’s Jean-Pierre Blais defends tussle with Netflix, Google

“Good decisions cannot be based on anecdotes about how your teenager is using his smartphone or gaming system…” he told the Vancouver Board of Trade.

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BCE earnings up sharply, Bell Media paints mixed picture

Higher TV subscriber fees were offset by lower ad revenue during the third quarter.

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Telus to offer Project Latte streamer on Optik TV

The phone giant recently told the CRTC it didn’t like Rogers Media and Shaw Media keeping Shomi for its own subscribers. So it’s offering Bell Media’s rival SVOD to its own TV customers.

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Shaw and Rogers launch shomi

The Netflix Canada contender is available in beta first to Rogers and Shaw internet or cable customers.


Bell Media unwraps streamer, code-named ‘Project Latte’

The TV-focused SVOD will include HBO’s back catalogue of programming.


Rogers, Vice to launch new channel, studio in Canada

The Toronto facility will be operated by Vice and is part of a $100 million joint venture between the partners.

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Shomi unveils content deal with Warner Bros. Int’l

The catalogue deal is the latest from the SVOD launching in November against market leader Netflix Canada.


Corus posts higher Q4 income, TV revenues

The broadcaster points to ratings strength in core TV networks.