Canadian TV, Computing and Home Theatre Forums banner

1 - 17 of 17 Posts

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
17,932 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Full Press Release follows:

Bell Media welcomes its first Francophone conventional TV network along with the Noovo.ca digital platform

Bell Media today announced it has entered into an agreement with the shareholders of Groupe V Média to acquire conventional network V along with related digital assets including the ad-supported VOD service Noovo.ca. The transaction reinforces choice for French-language viewers, strengthens the Québec television ecosystem, and highlights Bell Media’s commitment to providing engaging content in Québec on traditional and innovative platforms. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals; financial details were not disclosed.

“With today’s announcement Bell Media welcomes French-language conventional TV to its portfolio, creating more opportunities for viewers, advertisers, and content creators in Québec,” said Karine Moses, President, Bell Media Québec. “In a fast-changing ecosystem, we are excited to provide new opportunities for V with the guidance and expertise of our dedicated and experienced Montréal-based management, programming, and production teams. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the local Francophone production community in delivering highly engaging original programming on V. We salute Maxime Rémillard and his team for their work in bringing V to where it is now, and we thank them for trusting Bell Media to ensure the long-term legacy of the network.”

“After 10 years of ensuring V's success as an independent conventional channel, I am proud to have found in Bell Media a partner to ensure the continuity of this success,” said Maxime Rémillard, President and Founder, Groupe V Média. “The industry in which we are evolving is constantly, deeply and rapidly changing. This was true when we took over the reins of TQS and allowed the network to survive; it is all the more true today. As it is increasingly difficult to ensure the sustainability of a conventional channel within a non-integrated group, I have made the best decision for the future of V. Bell Media will certainly allow V to continue to evolve and reach out to the Québec public on a massive scale.”

With popular original programs such as Occupation double, L’amour est dans le pré, and Un souper presque parfait, V Média owns and operates television stations in Montréal, Québec, Saguenay, Sherbrooke, and Trois-Rivières, and has affiliate stations in Gatineau, Rivière-du-Loup and Val-d’Or. In addition to V and Noovo.ca, Groupe V Média currently operates specialty channels ELLE Fictions and MAX, which are not subject to the transaction.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,251 Posts
Bell use to own 40% of V (the other 60% was Cogeco) when it was TQS and let it fall into bankruptcy - so I find it odd when they could have bought it back then on the cheap.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
17,932 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
CRTC Press Release

Today, the CRTC authorized Bell Canada's application to acquire V Interactions and imposed conditions of licence to guarantee adequate levels of investments in local programming and original French-language Canadian programming.

The V Stations will have to broadcast 5 hours of local programming per week for the Montreal and Quebec City markets in 2020-2021. The number of hours will increase to 8 hours and 30 minutes in 2021-2022. The stations will also have to broadcast at least 5 hours of local programming per week for the Trois-Rivières, Saguenay and Sherbrooke markets.

The Bell Media Group will also be required to spend at least 40% of the previous year's revenues in Canadian programming and at least 18% of the previous year's revenues in programs of national interest. These new thresholds represent an increase since Bell Media's current threshold for Canadian programming expenditures is 35%, while the V stations' current threshold for programs of national interest is 10%.

The CRTC is also directing Bell to invest more than $3 million, which will be allocated to the Canada Media Fund and Bell Fund in equal annual payments over seven consecutive broadcast years.

----

Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2020-116

The Commission approves, subject to modifications set out in this decision, an application by Bell Canada, on behalf of V Interactions inc., for authority to change the ownership and effective control of V Interactions inc. and to integrate, effective 1 September 2020, the V Stations into the French-language Bell Media Group.

----

Bell Media Press Release
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
17,932 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 ·
Bell Media announced that its French-language conventional network V will be rebranded Noovo, beginning August 31. With Noovo, Bell Media establishes a singular brand in Québec for both a traditional TV network and its popular digital platform. Viewers will be able to access the integrated brand’s content at any time, on any screen. (Press Release)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
105 Posts
I'm hoping that someone here will get the final sign off for V, plus the sign on for Noovo, recorded and uploaded to YouTube, to show the channel's transition for those who might miss it. o.o
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
17,932 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
17,932 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 ·
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
17,932 Posts
Discussion Starter · #11 ·
The Quebec adaptation of I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE will make its debut on Noovo this fall. See the press release for more details and how to become a participant.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
17,932 Posts
Discussion Starter · #12 ·
Bell Media is expanding its digital offering available on the Noovo.ca website and via the brand-new Noovo app, showcasing its extensive catalogue of French-language programming. Over 5,000 hours of content are now available, including content from the conventional channel Noovo as well as from Canal D, Canal Vie, Investigation, VRAK and Z. Starting today, Noovo.ca will feature the majority of daily programming broadcast live on the Noovo channel, including all episodes of NOOVO LE FIL, which are available in the Noovo Info section dedicated exclusively to news.

From Noovo.ca, subscribers to Bell Media specialty channels (Canal D, Canal Vie, Investigation, VRAK and Z) may view their favourite content at no extra cost with proof of a subscription, regardless of their TV provider. This option is also valid via the Noovo app, which is fully integrated with Google TV, Apple devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod touch) and Android. The app will soon be available on Apple TVs (Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD TV).
  • On the web: Noovo.ca
  • On smartphones and tablets: iOS (11 or higher), Android
  • On smart TVs: Google TV and Apple TV
  • On digital media players: Chromecast
See the press release for more details
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
390 Posts
^^
Rogers is not on the list of provider that we can login with. I'm guesting that it will in the future.

Bell, BellAliant, Bell FibreOp, CCAP, Cogeco, Ebox, Sogetel and Telus are the only option for now.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
17,932 Posts
Discussion Starter · #14 ·
It's strange that Bell MTS isn't on the list. It has a separate login from the other Bell services. I don't think we get the Noovo channel, but we get the specialty channels.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
9,510 Posts
Bell is restricting access to their own customers, of course. They've tried this tactic before and been told to make streaming access available to other companies. I expect availability will be available after a CRTC complaint from other companies, a directive from the CRTC and the usual number of delays and excuses from Bell.
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
17,932 Posts
Discussion Starter · #16 ·
Bell Media today unveiled Noovo Moi, a one-stop destination that integrates all the lifestyle content previously hosted on the Canal Vie, Fraîchement pressé, Sympatico, Look du jour, Muramur and VoyageVoyage websites. En Vedette, the section devoted to the latest showbiz news, remains easily accessible from the home page. Starting in the fall of 2021, an entire website will be dedicated to Noovo Info.

See the full press release for details on the web series.
 
1 - 17 of 17 Posts
Top