Netflix Competitor CraveTV to be Offered to All Internet Users in Canada

BCE’s CraveTV has announced that it will be making the Internet-streaming TV service available to all Internet users in Canada at the beginning of 2016.

BCE’s Chief Executive Officer, George Cope, said the company’s streaming service will expand its base of household targets from 3.5 million to 11 million potential customers.

CraveTV1-thumbnailCraveTV’s main competitor is California-based Netflix Inc., which entered the Canadian streaming market in 2010, and has about 4 million subscribers.

BCE, otherwise known as Bell, has joined ranks with other Canadian cable companies to compete with Netflix in offering their own online-TV services.

“CraveTV has the content of both HBO and Showtime,” Cope says, stating that it is “already a very competitive product.”

Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. have also unveiled a streaming service this past year for customers, called Shomi.

Shomi costs C$8.99 a month, the same as Netflix, and will be available to anyone in the coming months, according to Stephanie Leslie, a spokeswoman for the company.

CraveTV has a monthly subscription that comes in about half that of Netflix, at C$4 a month, and offers programs such as “The Affair” and older Home Box Office Inc. series such as “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City.”

The service has a library of 10,000 hours of programming and exclusive Canadian rights to HBO and Showtime‘s library of past programs.

According to an entry in Wikipedia, Bell expects the library to double within a year of the service’s launch.

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to “Netflix Competitor CraveTV to be Offered to All Internet Users in Canada”
  1. Tits MCGee says:

    Doubtful that they will offer it for 4 bucks a month.

    • wideband says:

      Not doubtful but fact., To get HBO Canada, for example, you pay five times that amount, i,e, $20 a month.