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post #466 of 496 (permalink) Old 2019-08-09, 01:21 PM
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Okay to confirm - the Crave interface in particular is improved on an Apple TV? I'm assuming that it would operate in the same way regardless of whether I decided to buy an HD Apple TV unit or a 4K? Yes they are a little on the expensive side. A side note - I did try cravetv on my android box originally but learned within the first hour that it was pretty bad, so switched to plan B which was my Samsung TV.
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post #467 of 496 (permalink) Old 2019-08-09, 08:57 PM
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The Apple TV 4K App has an "up next" feature that keeps track of where you were in all other Apps except Netflix. If you only watch Crave TV, that's not important. The best feature is that the Apple TV 4K gets updated for most new streaming Apps and the picture is 2160p HDR. I assume the Crave TV picture is upscaled to HDR, but it looks great and there are no problems streaming.

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post #468 of 496 (permalink) Old 2019-09-25, 11:41 PM
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My appletv is indicating that Crave is now broadcasting in 5.1.

Watching Star Trek discovery and tried Venom too. Both are in 5.1.

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post #469 of 496 (permalink) Old 2019-10-30, 11:19 AM
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Crave will become home to (most of) HBO Max programming. Bell has signed a deal with Warner Bros. to bring most of the Max cataloge to Canada. The exceptions being programs where the streaming rights are held by others for the Canadian market. Shows like Friends (Netflix Canada) and the new Sesame Street.

(Paywalled for some)

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post #470 of 496 (permalink) Old 2019-10-30, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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Bell Media Deal with Warner Bros. Brings HBO Max Original Programming to Canada

Bell Media Seals Long-Term Deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution to Bring HBO Max Original Programming to Canada
(Full Press Release follows)

– Premium content pipeline secured for Bell Media’s Crave streaming service –
– All-new series coming to Crave and the CTV channel portfolio include recently announced big-buzz titles GOSSIP GIRL and THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT –
– Deal also extends pay TV deal for first-run Warner Bros. feature films –

TORONTO and LOS ANGELES (October 30, 2019) – Bell Media announced today a new long-term exclusive deal with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution that brings original programming from WarnerMedia’s HBO Max to Canada, beginning in 2020. The announcement is the first for HBO Max programming outside of the U.S.

The agreement extends Bell Media’s programming partnership with HBO, one of the world’s most prestigious entertainment brands, expanding the company’s HBO content offering on its SVOD service, Crave, and reinforcing Bell Media’s commitment to delivering the most sought-after programming in the world. It also establishes a new alliance with HBO Max, making original series from the highly anticipated new service available to Canadians via Crave and Bell Media’s suite of CTV-branded platforms.

The deal extends the pay TV rights for Warner Bros first-run feature films adding to the strong relationship already in place between Warner Bros. and CTV for network series, and with Bell Media’s specialty services for cable series.

The deal encompasses new scripted series primarily produced by the divisions of the Warner Bros. Television Group for HBO Max. Series confirmed for Crave and CTV include buzz-worthy titles with massive star power in front of and behind the camera, such as:
  • the recently announced new GOSSIP GIRL series that’s set to follow a new generation of New York private school teens, executive produced by the creative team behind the original series;
  • THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT, a dark comedic thriller starring and executive produced by THE BIG BANG THEORY’s Kaley Cuoco in her much-anticipated return to television, along with Rosie Perez, GAME OF THRONES alum Michiel Huisman, Zosia Mamet of GIRLS, and more;
  • DUNE: THE SISTERHOOD, from Academy Award®–nominated Canadian director Denis Villeneuve and set in the universe of Frank Herbert’s epic Dune novel series;
  • and COLLEGE GIRLS (working title) from Emmy®-nominated writer/producer Mindy Kaling (THE MINDY PROJECT, THE OFFICE) about the romantic lives of three young women at an East Coast university.
In addition to the above-mentioned series orders, select future projects in the works at HBO Max from Warner Bros. Television Group include: two DC dramas from Berlanti Productions, GREEN LANTERN and the anthology STRANGE ADVENTURES; DC drama DMZ, from WESTWORLD’s Roberto Patino and Oscar® nominee/Emmy® winner Ava DuVernay; drama CRIME FARM, from executive producer Nicole Kidman; the young adult-focused RED BIRD LANE, from John Wells Productions; drama RULES OF MAGIC from JESSICA JONES’ Melissa Rosenberg and Dana Barrata; drama THE SHELLEY SOCIETY from RIVERDALE’s Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa; the hybrid live-action/animated comedy TOONED OUT from The LEGO™ Batman Movie’s Jared Stern and Oscar® winner Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Who Framed Roger Rabbit); multicamera comedy DC SUPER HERO HIGH from executive producer Elizabeth Banks; and more.

“Bell Media has been an important partner with its channels and platforms bringing HBO originals to viewers in Canada for many years,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer. “It is only fitting we are not only extending this relationship but also deepening it to include great new series produced for HBO Max.”

“As we approach the one-year anniversary of the all-new Crave, we’re more committed than ever to ensure ongoing access to the highest caliber content,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “With this new HBO Max agreement, we are expanding our long and successful partnership with HBO and Warner Bros. and demonstrating this commitment to premium content in an era of increasing competition.”

“Bell Media has been a long-term and strategic partner for both Warner Bros. and HBO,” said Jeffrey Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution. “It is only logical for us to expand the relationship by adding the upcoming original programming from HBO Max as well as extend the successful relationship covering our feature films, network series, and cable programming. All of this together makes Bell Media a great Canadian home for all of these assets from WarnerMedia.”

Specific details on the rollout of HBO Max programming in Canada will be confirmed in the coming months.
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post #471 of 496 (permalink) Old 2019-10-30, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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The press release indicates some HBO Max original programming will also be shown on CTV or "Bell Media’s suite of CTV-branded platforms" (probably CTV Drama, etc.)

This HBO Max press release lists the content that will be available in the U.S. when it launches in May 2020.

The Canadian Press article published by the G&M states that the subscription price for Crave/HBO won't be raised as part of the new agreement. The article is available at many other sites including

EDIT: HBO Max Programming Highlights Unveiled at WarnerMedia Day |

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post #472 of 496 (permalink) Old 2019-10-31, 03:26 PM
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It looks like Bell may be gearing up to have Crave absorb Super Écran as well. The default URL recently changed to, and there is French copy on
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post #473 of 496 (permalink) Old 2019-10-31, 04:07 PM
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I hope this is true.

CRAVE could use some french programming.
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post #474 of 496 (permalink) Old 2019-11-09, 09:38 PM
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Out of curiosity would you say it’s better to watch Crave on demand through my Bell TV 9400 or through my Apple TV? I imagine it should be the same experience but just curious

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post #475 of 496 (permalink) Old 2019-11-09, 10:36 PM
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In my opinion the interface is a lot better on Apple TV than on any of Bell’s receivers so it is not the same by any means.
If I am not mistaken Crave on Bell receivers is limited to 720P and on Apple it is 1080P
It would have been a lot easier if Bell had installed Crave Tv app on their receivers instead of using on demand feature.
Something like they did with Netflix on Bell fibe receivers.
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post #476 of 496 (permalink) Old 2019-11-16, 03:18 PM
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Well I’ve been watching Crave mostly through the App on my Apple TV and I find it better than using my 9400 Bell receiver there is really no need to even record crave/HBO shows on Bell as they are all available OD anyway so it saves space on the PVR

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post #477 of 496 (permalink) Old 2019-12-02, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Give the Gift of Crave LIMITED TIME 25% OFF
Get a $100 gift card for only $75 Offer ends Dec 4, 2019

I think this was a Black Friday special I just heard about, so I'll post it here for anyone that subscribes to Crave directly or wants to give it to someone else.
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post #478 of 496 (permalink) Old 2019-12-10, 09:23 PM
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So this is a weird one. Whenever I went to Starz in order to watch Boss, it had a label on it "all seasons." I finished season 1 last night, and when I went to pick up season 2 tonight, I get a message saying "A Subscription to Starz is required to watch this content." What? Now all of a sudden it says one season on the banner. This seems an awful lot like a bait and switch... Anyone have something similar?
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post #479 of 496 (permalink) Old 2019-12-10, 10:02 PM
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Unfortunately, Crave does that with several Starz series i.e. offer Season 1, but require a Starz subscription (add-on) for subsequent season(s).

My Crave subscription has a Starz "1 Week Trial Promotion" (Offer expires Jan 3, 2020).

I don't know if you could use that to just watch Season 2 and then cancel?
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post #480 of 496 (permalink) Old 2019-12-11, 05:31 PM
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I'm not sure. I get mine through Shaw. Just got off with them about this issue(directed to them by Crave despite not really understanding why it was their issue), and that wasn't mentioned.
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