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 of Anarchy, The Strain, American Horror Story, New Girl, Modern Family and Sleepy Hollow, just to name a few.

shomi is positioning itself as a direct competitor to Netflix Canada. At $8.99 per month, it’s even priced the same.

Canadians have long bemoaned the dearth of quality content on Netflix Canada in comparison to its US counterpart and today’s announcement will do nothing to remedy that.

The move by shomi also comes weeks after Bell announced their acquisition of the streaming rights to HBO’s television catalogue, which includes fan favourites such as Game of ThronesandTrue Detective.

Canadian viewers may feel they’re being put between a rock and a hard place; with so much great content divided amongst the three platforms, which one should you choose? All? One? None?

One thing’s for certain: the gloves are definitely off and the competition is fierce.

shomi is set to launch in beta for Rogers and Shaw customers in the first week of November. The streaming service will be rolled out to the rest of Canada once beta testing wraps.


Source: shomi , Bell Media