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  1. #1
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    Future prospects for shomi

    Here's a rather interesting article that puts into question the long-term prospects of shomi, the SVOD service operated as a joint venture between Shaw and Rogers.

    Among some of the points mentioned in the article:
    - shomi did not make any acquisitions at the recent L.A. Screenings
    - Rising speculation that Shaw might withdraw from shomi, in the aftermath of selling all its broadcasting assets to Corus, and that Rogers could potentially retain full ownership
    - Potential partnership with Amazon, which could pave the way for their entry into the Canadian market

    Source: https://cartt.ca/article/analysis-st...mi-speculation

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    Quote Originally Posted by lostjon View Post
    Here's a rather interesting article that puts into question the long-term prospects of shomi, the SVOD service operated as a joint venture between Shaw and Rogers.

    Among some of the points mentioned in the article:
    - shomi did not make any acquisitions at the recent L.A. Screenings
    - Rising speculation that Shaw might withdraw from shomi, in the aftermath of selling all its broadcasting assets to Corus, and that Rogers could potentially retain full ownership
    - Potential partnership with Amazon, which could pave the way for their entry into the Canadian market

    Source: https://cartt.ca/article/analysis-st...mi-speculation
    It's not surprising considering that Rogers is offering a free Netflix subscription on new activations. You would think they would promote their own service before the competition.

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    And... it's shutting down Nov 30th

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment...down-1.3779675

    Door wide open for Amazon Video Canada
    http://brioux.tv/2016/09/shomi-the-d...amazon-canada/
    Last edited by InMontreal; 09-26-2016 at 05:44 PM.
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    Good, now let's see if Amazon Canada can do something right for a change and not screw up my future streaming options. Highly unlikely, but my fingers are crossed, hoping for something positive to come from the demise of shitmi/shomi.

    Hmmm. If shomi commits suicide at the end of November, does that mean we can signup for the last month free, or will that free month option suddenly disappear once there's less of a chance they can bill you for the next month of a cancelled entity?
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    Australia and Canada have many similarities, and now one of Australia's streaming companies has also decided to close up shop.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-au...-idUSKCN124083
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    An Australian internet streaming company part-owned by News Corp said on Tuesday it will cease operations less than three years after launching, a sign that local start-ups are struggling against larger U.S. rival Netflix Inc.

    After opening for business in March 2014, the same month Netflix arrived in Australia, Presto will end its service on Jan. 31, 2017, its co-owners Foxtel, half-owned by News Corp, and free-to-air broadcaster Seven West Media Ltd said in a statement. The statement didn't give a reason for shutting down the company, but it did say Seven sold its half share of the company to Foxtel, and that Foxtel made the decision to close it.

    The decision amounts to the biggest casualty to date in what has become a three-way battle for control of the fast-growing Streaming Video On Demand (SVOD) market in Australia. Nearly 1.9 million Australians, or a sixth of the adult population, had paid subscriptions to Netflix, compared to 332,000 people with paid subscriptions to No. 2 provider Stan and 142,000 with paid subscriptions to Presto, Roy Morgan Research said in June.
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    Canada's broadcasting system is divided in two : 1) Bell Canada, 2) everyone else.

    Bell worked with Shaw and Rogers in the Shomi project, dropped out and launched their own as CraveTV, giving itself an advantage of the HBO library and Showtime.
    Bell paid big bucks for the iHeartRadio branding. Starting this week, all of Bell-owned radio stations websites are being redirected to the IheartRadio portal. So 90's.
    Story : http://blog.fagstein.com/2016/10/03/...canada-launch/
    Rogers teamed up with Cogeco, RNC, NewCap, Pattison, and others, to bring their radio stations together on Radioplayer : http://www.rogersmediatv.ca/pr_detail.php?id=1391

    Anyways, Australia has Netflix, Presto, and what else ? Is there a non Fox-owned OTT player ? I can't believe Fox lost in a duopoly OTT business.
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    Bell is too big to fail.

    Showtime/CBS knows how to pick winners. They chose to sign exclusive deals with Bell/Crave and Stan, and now their competitors (shomi and Presto) are dead.

    Foxtel has HBO, but Showtime still chose to sign the deal with Stan (as mentioned in another thread). Wow.

    Old news: http://www.news.com.au/technology/ho...d1d0f61041a9a3
    [Stan signs multiyear content deal with premier US network Showtime]

    http://www.smh.com.au/business/media...06-gr9ms8.html
    [Sept 6, 2016: Foxtel will start offering no-contract and equipment-free packages from December to better compete against subscription streaming services]

    Foxtel will start offering monthly passes priced around $15. It may also offer day-passes and game passes in coming months, Mr Tonagh said. The new products are designed to increase the number of Foxtel customers in the "bottom end of the market".

    "I would describe [the bottom end] as those customers willing to spend $40 [per month] or less on content. And it's not earnings driven, it is driven by, for example, young single professionals who don't get value from our basic package. What we need to do is position the product so that the entry points are more appealing to the demographics that don't fit the traditional Australian household."

    Existing packages were good for families, but not for people living alone, or with little time to watch TV, or who were only interested in one Foxtel channel, he said.

    Mr Tonagh also announced a new content deal with HBO that will give subscribers access to the back catalogue. He said this gave Foxtel more HBO content than Netflix.

    The new deal with HBO starts on January 1 next year. It continues Foxtel's exclusive offering of first-run programs and includes on-demand rights that remove any prior programming "rest periods".
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    Obviously the future of IPTV will allow us to sign-up for a day, a week, a month, or whatever period we desire (within reason), while still being able to cancel at anytime (though losing the discount if we cancel early). It's cheaper and more convenient for the new wave of subscribers used to getting much of what they want for free, or at least online when they want it (for an affordable price - except for the cost of Internet service perhaps).
    Last edited by PokerFace; 10-05-2016 at 12:12 AM. Reason: altered: Obviously the future of IPTV will allow us to sign-up for a day, a week, a month
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    With Australia's Foxtel moving forward with its own streaming service called Foxtel Play (after shuttering Presto), and Australia's version of Canada's now dead Zip.ca (DVD/Blu-rays by mail service, but never had streaming, so Netflix crushed it), known as Quickflix (started DVDs-by-mail at first, then eventually added streaming) soon to resurface after bankruptcy restructuring, it looks like Australia is not ready to throw in the towel in its fight vs the mighty Netflix.

    Streaming is an international thing, and it seems that Canada isn't the only country to struggle with the complicated balancing act between choice and convenience.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-2...ration/7359718
    [Quickflix Australia enters Administration procedure]

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-0...foxtel/7900778
    [Presto and Quickflix]

    https://www.quickflix.com.au/

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    But what's very surprising to me is the demise of the OTT, HBO Netherlands service at the end of this year.

    http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2016/...ts-programmes/
    [HBO Netherlands OTT pulls plug, now tied to cable]

    HBO in the Netherlands will cease its three linear channels, as well as its VOD and TV Everywhere service HBO Go, at the end of the year.

    “It is a business decision” according to Ziggo. The operation in the country is a joint venture between Liberty Global’s Ziggo and HBO.
    http://www.fiercecable.com/online-vi...-s-presto-shut
    [International streaming services closed]
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    With Shomi folding, CraveTV adds a few movies, starting with Bond, James Bond.
    http://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/press/cra...gue-in-canada/

    If I'm not mistaken, CraveTV has no movies other than those belonging to the HBO catalog...
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    CRTC chairman knocks Rogers, Shaw for axing video streaming service Shomi

    “Far be it for me to criticize the decisions taken by seasoned business people, but I can’t help but be surprised when major players throw in the towel on a platform that is the future of content – just two years after it launched,” Blais said, according to an advance copy of a keynote speech he was set to deliver at the International Institute of Communications conference.

    “I have to wonder if they are too used to receiving rents from subscribers every month in a protected ecosystem, rather than rolling up their sleeves in order to build a business without regulatory intervention and protection.”
    http://business.financialpost.com/fp...-service-shomi

    Boom !
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