Rogers’ NHL GamePlus gives fans a new perspective on the game

Your NHL viewing experience is about to get a whole lot different … if you’re willing to shell out the extra cash, that is. At a press conference today in Toronto, Keith Pelley, president of Rogers Media, announced what the company is branding “the biggest NHL innovation since the replay”. Hockey legend and newly-minted Rogers [...]

shomi strikes programming deal with FX, Fox

by Christina Peden The competition for your streaming dollars just got a little stiffer today. shomi, the Rogers-Shaw joint venture into subscription video-on-demand, announced that they have reached a deal with Twentieth Century Fox to secure the programming rights to past seasons of FX, FXX and Fox original series. These include the likes of Sons [...]

CRTC kicks off hearings on the future of Canadian television

The CRTC yesterday commenced hearings to determine the future of television in Canada. The broadcast regulator will be hearing proposals from companies and individuals; the outcome of these hearings could heavily alter the way television content is delivered to Canadians. CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais has indicated that certain rules currently protecting specific channels or broadcasters [...]

Rogers announces fewer blackouts on NHL GameCentre streaming service

by Christina Peden Rogers had hockey legend Mark Messier on hand this morning at a press conference in Toronto to unveil some major upgrades to their NHL GameCentre Live streaming service for the upcoming 2014/2015 season. Rogers is promising to bring over 50 per cent more games to Canadian hockey fans this season, including over [...]

Rogers and Shaw to launch Netflix competitor Shomi

by Christina Peden Rogers and Shaw announced a new joint venture this week in a bid to compete with popular streaming service Netflix. Shomi, a new video-on-demand service, is set to launch Canada-wide in the first week of November with a subscription price of $8.99, putting it in line with Netflix in terms of cost. [...]

CRTC takes telcos to task over paper billing fees

by Christina Peden The CRTC is challenging Canadian telecommunications companies over their choice to charge customers additional fees for paper bills. The governmental body plans to host a meeting with telecommunications and broadcast companies to discuss its concerns regarding the fees. The CRTC conducted a fact-finding mission to delve into the issues surrounding paper billing [...]

No “Netflix Tax”, company cautions CRTC

by Christina Peden Netflix is warning the CRTC against imposing a tax on the American online streaming giant because they say they do plenty of business in Canada.  Meanwhile, the CBC is calling for Netflix Canada to subsidize the production of Canadian content. Imposing a ‘Netflix tax’ could “make it more difficult for Netflix to [...]

Rogers unveils radical restructuring plan

by Christina Peden Rogers CEO Guy Laurence today unveiled his multi-year plan—dubbed Rogers 3.0—to radically overhaul customer service and accelerate company growth. Laurence, who took over as CEO in December 2013, spent the first 3 months of his tenure crisscrossing the country, 22,000 km in total, meeting and greeting with nearly 11,000 Rogers employees. All [...]

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