Rogers, Shaw team up for Netflix competitor Shomi
Two of the biggest broadcasting names north of the border, 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.