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    Stingray Country

    Stingray Country quietly launched this Wednesday, January 15 on Bell (Fibe TV, Aliant TV and MTS TV), replacing Stingray Juicebox in their lineup.

    No press release has been issued by Stingray and it is yet to be determined whether this is actually a new channel or simply a rebrand of Stingray Juicebox, which in this case, I would not be surprised if it ends up being the latter.

    A website for the channel turned up earlier this week, but the full list of providers carrying the channel has not yet been posted. The website for Stingray Juicebox also remains active, and online TV listings have not changed for any providers that have been carrying the channel (including Bell).

    If this is indeed a rebrand, this would mark the fourth change for the channel that initially launched as MTV2 Canada back in 2001 under Craig Media (which was subsequently taken over by CHUM and CTV/Bell).

    2001-2005: MTV2 Canada (Craig Media)
    2005-2011: PunchMuch (CHUM / CTVglobemedia)
    2011-2016: Juicebox (Bell Media)
    2016-2020: Stingray Juicebox (Stingray)
    Present: Stingray Country (Stingray)

    Source: https://country.stingray.com/en

    On another note, Stingray Retro, Loud and Vibe started adding commercial breaks as of this week. Over the span of an hour, there are about three or four breaks, with each one lasting a maximum of two minutes, and consisting of products predominantly seen in infomercials.
    The ads become repetitious rather quickly only because of very limited sponsorships, but for now, the impact is very minimal. In all honesty, I preferred when the breaks were shorter (maximum 30 seconds), only two times per hour and limited just to Stingray services including promos for program blocks on their respective channels.

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    I went on www.stingray.com and apparently Juicebox isn't on there so that could be. There is Stingray Hits simular to Juicebox and maybe they re-located all the music to that service. But apparently it has come up as Stingray Country and if that's so I knew that it was a matter of time that Stingray would come up with that service after Corus killed the Country Music Video's off of CMT which in my case no longer stands for anything. At least Stingray is bringing back Country Music to Television after Corus re-vamped CMT into something more stupid than ever.
    Last edited by Test Pattern; 01-18-2020 at 11:38 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Test Pattern View Post
    I went on www.stingray.com and apparently Juicebox isn't on there so that could be. There is Stingray Hits simular to Juicebox and maybe they re-located all the music to that service. But apparently it has come up as Stingray Country and if that's so I knew that it was a matter of time that Stingray would come up with that service after Corus killed the Country Music Video's off of CMT which in my case no longer stands for anything. At least Stingray is bringing back Country Music to Television after Corus re-vamped CMT into something more stupid than ever.

    When you visit the Music Videos TV Channels page on Stingray's website, Stingray Country is listed at the very top but it does not have a link to the channel's website yet. Meanwhile, at the bottom of the page, Juicebox is still listed along with a link to their website. https://juicebox.stingray.com/en

    Stingray Hits is in no way similar to Juicebox as it is a French-language Channel aimed at a wider demographic, has a broader playlist that includes current songs and those from the 1990s and early 2000s, and plays videos in both English and French. It's a hybrid of what MuchMusic, MuchMoreMusic, MusiquePlus and MusiMax used to be in their earlier years, long before they cut back on music videos and/or rebranded into something else altogether.

    I see that Stingray could have purchased CMT from Corus and used that license for a country music video channel, but that would have given it an unfair advantage over the other music channels they already carry, as it is a Category A channel, meaning a higher subscription base and its placement in basic packages. At the very least, it would have to be converted to a Category B service. Also, Corus probably continues to own the license to the CMT name for the Canadian market, regardless of what is being programmed on that channel nowadays.

    If anyone on this forum is with a provider (other than Bell) that has been carrying Stingray Juicebox in their lineup, and has noticed it switch to Stingray Country or seen a change just from their listings alone, I would be curious to know.

    It should also be pointed out that before the end of last year, Rogers' Digital and Ignite TV services dropped four of the channels (all of which were sold by Bell) from their lineup, leaving them only with Stingray Now 4K (TELUS and Cogeco so far are the only other providers carrying this channel).

    In any event, of all the music video channels, Juicebox seemed like the odd one out as it was less based on genre, unlike Retro (classic videos spanning 1980s to early 2000s), Vibe (rap/hip-hop), Loud (rock/alternative), Hits (popular English and French videos from the 1990s to today), PalmaresADISQ (French videos with some English tiles recorded by French Canadian artists). Plus, music videos on TV are less likely to be attractive to younger generations (particularly born in the 2000s or later) as they are more inclined to watch them on non-linear and digital platforms. So it almost seems logical that they would use the license for Juicebox and turn it into a country music video channel to fill the hole left by CMT's departure from musical content. As we've seen in recent years, it is a whole lot easier to take an existing channel and rebrand it rather than launch a new one from scratch.
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    From what I have gathered thus far, it seems like Stingray Country is only on Bell at the moment, while other providers with Juicebox in their lineup have not done anything.

    So there are numerous scenarios at work here:

    It's possible that Bell worked out an agreement with Stingray to be the first provider to carry Stingray Country, and have been quietly informed that it will be replacing Juicebox down the road.

    Bell opted to move forward and add Stingray Country while replacing another channel (in this case Juicebox) due to lack of space or additional bandwidth. Routinely, as channels get dropped from their lineup, new ones get added or re-added (depending on customer demand).

    Anyways, we'll know very soon as other providers decide whether or not to add Stingray Country to their lineup and when Stingray eventually issues an official press release to confirm the channel's launch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lostjon View Post
    From what I have gathered thus far, it seems like Stingray Country is only on Bell at the moment, while other providers with Juicebox in their lineup have not done anything.

    So there are numerous scenarios at work here:

    It's possible that Bell worked out an agreement with Stingray to be the first provider to carry Stingray Country, and have been quietly informed that it will be replacing Juicebox down the road.

    Bell opted to move forward and add Stingray Country while replacing another channel (in this case Juicebox) due to lack of space or additional bandwidth. Routinely, as channels get dropped from their lineup, new ones get added or re-added (depending on customer demand).

    Anyways, we'll know very soon as other providers decide whether or not to add Stingray Country to their lineup and when Stingray eventually issues an official press release to confirm the channel's launch.
    Ya I checked into Juicebox on Shaw Direct last Night and its still Juicebox. This is just something that just came out from the blue on here. But I did have a sense that there would be a time that Stingray would come up with a Country music service since Corus killed the country Music video's off of CMT. And both Bell and Corus are just not up for the music services anymore and sadly Much is only Much with No Music. It seems big companies like them have destroyed so many great channels. I wonder what the next casualty will be next for the specialty Channels. JUst last year we said goodbye to IFC, Cosmo Tv and FYI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Test Pattern View Post
    Ya I checked into Juicebox on Shaw Direct last Night and its still Juicebox. This is just something that just came out from the blue on here. But I did have a sense that there would be a time that Stingray would come up with a Country music service since Corus killed the country Music video's off of CMT. And both Bell and Corus are just not up for the music services anymore and sadly Much is only Much with No Music. It seems big companies like them have destroyed so many great channels. I wonder what the next casualty will be next for the specialty Channels. JUst last year we said goodbye to IFC, Cosmo Tv and FYI.
    Yes, it looks like Shaw Direct customers still have Juicebox. After Corus dropped all music programming from CMT, Stingray launched two new music video channels, both in French, being Stingray Hits! and PalmaresADISQ. They first launched on Videotron in June 2018. Within a year of their launch, they were added to other providers including Bell, Telus and Cogeco. At that moment, I figured it was only a matter of time that they would add a country music video channel to their portfolio, pretty much for the obvious reasons that you stated in your last post.

    Now perhaps this is just a theory on my part, but another telling sign that Stingray Juicebox might be possibly coming to an end was their lack of special programming over the holiday period. Unlike the other channels that had specials lined up including year-end and in some cases, decade-end countdowns, the schedule on Juicebox was very much the same as it was during other times of the year. They did air holiday-themed videos, although they were spread across their regular All Day Recess and Afterschool Hang Out blocks, in addition to with their weekly Top 10 countdown and block of dance-themed videos. At the end of 2018, Juicebox had a year-end Top 30 countdown featuring the most pooular videos from that year. It was not the case from this past year.

    From the few times I have actually sampled Juicebox, I was rather amazed to see how vast their playlist is, and how there's little to no overlap with the other channels. In addition to the family-friendly and Canadian content, it also features videos of lesser known hits and promotes both established and upcoming acts from Canada and elsewhere that simply do not get any attention on the other channels, that can make it appealing for both younger and older demographics.

 

 

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