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    TMN Encore to Rebrand as Starz in 2019

    Bell Media has signed a deal with Lionsgate to bring Starz to Canada. TMN Encore will be rebranded.

    http://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/press/bel...arz-to-canada/
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    WOW, I didn't see this one coming!?

    This explains why Counterpart, the new Starz series, will be airing on TMN and not Super Channel. Also, I think this deal will spell the end of Super Channel, seeing as how they currently air most of Starz original series. It appears as though their agreement with Starz ends next year which is why Bell will not be re-branding TMN Encore until 2019.

    Interesting tidbit I noticed in the press release:

    Bell Media has signed a multi-year content deal with Starz, the No. 2-ranked premium paid U.S. television platform.
    I thought Showtime was #2 (after HBO) but according to the stats Starz IS the #2 premium service. HBO is first with 49 million subs, followed by Starz with 29 million and Showtime is third with 27 million. I find it quite surprising that Starz is available in more homes then Showtime, considering that Showtime produces more original content then Starz?!

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    So Bell has HBO/Showtime and now Starz I guess the good news for Canadians is we will get all the shows but the bad news is one company owning all 3 in Canada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ottawasnowdog View Post
    So Bell has HBO/Showtime and now Starz I guess the good news for Canadians is we will get all the shows but the bad news is one company owning all 3 in Canada.
    Bell convinced the CRTC to replace TMN's licence from "half of Canada" to national, then succeeded in convincing Corus to shutdown Movie Central & Encore Ave on March 1st, 2016. For its latest licence renewal, Bell asked the CRTC for TMN + "Mpix" to merge into 1 single licence... Dunno if it's been approved yet or not, but some service providers like Videotron offers TMN Encore in their Pick 10-20-30 packages at no additional charge due to its low cost for a PayTV licence (same as DHX's Family), so I guess TMN Encore becoming Starz in "early 2019" instead of in 2-3 months means Starz will be part of the main TMN package and there are some administrative details to fix first. Oh, and expect a monthly price increase too !
    "It's not a rerun if you haven't watched it yet." (© 2010 by TVViewer)
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    SuperChannel won't have an issue with that much. They are already using others source of programming, Epix, Audience Network, etc and internationnal shows from the UK for example. They already only had a few Starz series.

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    By the way this should go into Premium channels, but anyway, since TMN Encore has 2 channels, maybe they will keep one as Encore?

 

 

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