Canadian Cable Giants partner to take on Netflix

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Rogers, Shaw team up for Netflix competitor Shomi

Two of the biggest broadcasting names north of the 2014 Aug 28_1border, traditional rivals, have
partnered to deliver a “Netflix-killer”.  Shomi will offer customers prior seasons of popular TV shows, as well as full seasons of classic series and films.  Seems like a similar concept to BBC’s popular iPlayer.  Initially the service will be offered to customers of both companies and be expanded thereafter.  Good news for Canadian TV and movie buffs.

  • The joint venture — a unique undertaking for the rival companies — will initially be available to Rogers and Shaw cable TV or Internet customers, accessible via the company’s own set-top boxes as well as Apple’s iOS devices, Android devices and the Xbox 360 game console.
  • “Our goal would obviously be all (Internet) connected devices,” Pelley said at a Toronto news conference Tuesday, where the service was shown in action for the first time.
  • How much will it cost?  $8.99 per month, the same as a Netflix subscription. It will launch in a beta form this November, initially available to Rogers and Shaw cable or Internet customers.

 More Here…  [Toronto Sun]  

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