That's because CBC can only license the content for streaming in Canada. The owners of the programs license them to local providers in other countries. Special events that aren't geo-fenced are usually put on YouTube, such as the The Polaris Music Prize broadcast mentioned above.It really ticks me off that Americans can get versions of nearly ALL American streaming services, all over the world, but the only place you can legally pay for and receive GEM is in Canada.
Are you referring to American shows purchased by CBC? I’m more concerned with their CDN shows, seen almost nowhere else but a CBC. ‘Made In Canada’, ‘22 Minutes’, ‘Rick Mercer Report’, etc. Also, loads of U.K. material they run doesn’t show up on ANY U.S. nets I search. Add some news, current affairs shows, archived shows, there would be enough for a viable, CDN, international channel.That's because CBC can only license the content for streaming in Canada. The owners of the programs license them to local providers in other countries. Special events that aren't geo-fenced are usually put on YouTube, such as the The Polaris Music Prize broadcast mentioned above.
yeah, sadly, probably all close to true. So much for the world wide web...I was referring to Canadian entertainment programs licensed by the CBC for exhibition in Canada from the studios that produce them. For example, when Little Mosque attracted international attention, it was WestWind Pictures that signed deals with various broadcasters around the world including Hulu and Pivot TV in the U.S. (Little Mosque on the Prairie - Wikipedia) Here's a Vulture article that describes the process that Eugene and Dan Levy went through to license Schitt’s Creek to CBC in Canada and Pop TV and Netflix in the U.S. Rick Mercer also has his own production company, which probably owns the international rights. 22 Minutes was produced by Salter Street Studios, now owned by Wildbrain.
My guess is that streaming rights for UK programs would be proportional to the market size, so the CBC would have to spend about 10 times as much for the U.S. rights as they do for Canada. As a Canadian taxpayer that already involuntarily subsidizes the CBC to show Canadian programming in Canada, I would question the wisdom of such a move. Keep in mind that very few U.S. streaming operations are profitable and CBC could double its marketing budget and still not get noticed among the 400+ streaming services in the U.S.