More Game of Thrones? That’s Right: Bell is Taking Over HBO and Bringing TMN to Western Canada

Here they grow again. Like TV? This Thursday, Bell Media announced some changes, as they plan to expand The Movie Network (TMN) into a national pay TV service and become the sole operator of HBO Canada.

Biss-Key-HBO.jpegHow is this happening? Corus Entertainment, the previous owners of HBO content rights in Canada, is said to be winding down their operations of Movie Central and Encore Avenue pay TV services in Western and Northern Canada, as they move to focus on their core national media brands.

And with new ownership, this means things could change.

According to a statement released from Bell, TMN, formerly available only in Eastern Canada, is likely to launch as a national pay TV platform sometime early 2016-although the timeline is loose- across the country.

If all goes well, Bell Media will be delivering all current and past HBO programming on its linear, on-demand and over-the-top (OTT) video streaming platforms like CraveTV in English and French across Canada.

“Bell Media now has the national scale required to create, negotiate and deliver more premium TV programming to Canadian consumers, across more platforms and more quickly than ever before,” said Mary Ann Turcke, President of Bell Media. “Our extensive new content agreement with HBO also announced today, for both traditional TV and next-generation platforms like CraveTV and with significant original co-production opportunities, is a great example of the benefits for Canadian viewers nationwide.”

Sit back and put more popcorn in the microwave. It’ll be snowy outside when it all happens-could be a great time to watch.


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