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Direct subscription to Crave + Movies + HBO is available starting today. There is no difference in content compared to subscribing through a TV provider. The subscribe page has a matrix of the different content available with the 2 subscriptions.

Volume subscriptions to Crave + Movies + HBO are coming soon. If you already have a prepaid Crave subscription, (eg. annual) you can add the Movies + HBO as an add-on for $9.99/month.

I just tried it out with my Shaw Direct account and it works great so far on my Apple TV 3.
I saw this on the Crave.ca subscribe page:
Gen 3 Apple TVs have reduced features and don't have live streaming capability
 

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Gen 3 Apple TVs have reduced features and don't have live streaming capability
I didn't even know Crave had a live streaming option, I thought it was just all on demand.

Not a big deal for me though. I would likely be watching anything live on my regular satellite receiver. I can pause live TV with my DVR, and I'm guessing that isn't possible with Crave live streaming. I just tried one of the live channels on my iPad and there is a pause button, but as soon as you press play again it skips back to live. So not really a pause button :grin

Shaw has had an app called Freerange TV for quite a while that lets you watch select channels live streaming over the internet. No pause button there either, so I've never used the app.

I'm planning to use Crave to watch some back catalog shows that I've been interested in but never watched before (Carnival on HBO, Letterkenny).
 

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I didn't even know Crave had a live streaming option, I thought it was just all on demand.

Not a big deal for me though. I would likely be watching anything live on my regular satellite receiver. I can pause live TV with my DVR, and I'm guessing that isn't possible with Crave live streaming. I just tried one of the live channels on my iPad and there is a pause button, but as soon as you press play again it skips back to live. So not really a pause button :grin

Shaw has had an app called Freerange TV for quite a while that lets you watch select channels live streaming over the internet. No pause button there either, so I've never used the app.

I'm planning to use Crave to watch some back catalog shows that I've been interested in but never watched before (Carnival on HBO, Letterkenny).
Can't believe you did not know Crave had a Standalone Over the Top steaming option. it really depends how your accessing it. When I used to have Bell TV, I had TMN - The Movie Network package with HBO and TMN Encore. So on my receiver, there was the VOD option, TMN and HBO had its own menu icon for VOD, I also think TMN Encore had one too, then Crave had its own VOD menu icon too. I could play, pause, rewind, etc thru my receiver. Then I was also able to download and use TMN Go on my tablet, and as well the Crave TV app on my tablet. I also had the ability to chromecast it to one of my TV sets which was not hooked up to my satellite. So now that they consolidated it, it appears you now only need one app instead of 2 like I was using back in the day. Also I think Bell was the only provider to include Crave TV with your TMN subscription, correct me if i'm wrong tho.
 

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forgot to mention one thing, if i was watching a movie or show on tmn or crave or hbo on my receiver and paused it, then when I turned off the tv and opened my tablet and launched the app, i could resume playback from where I left off, pretty neat eh? not all movies or shows supported this tho, some had a special icon of a tablet to identify such feature which was cool.
 

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The live feature is new (obviously) and will allow people who subscribe to "Crave + Movies + HBO" directly, without a TV provider, to watch the channels live, without having to wait for the shows to be added to On Demand.

Here's something else I saw in the Help page:

What’s happening to The Movie Network Encore (TMN Encore)?
Former TMN subscribers who had TMN Encore can access this content on the linear channels (which are now Encore 1 and Encore 2), on demand, or on television provider apps. As previously announced, TMN Encore is rebranding as Starz in early 2019. For a limited time, you can enjoy select Starz programming – such as COUNTERPART, VIDA, and SWEETBITTER – as part of a subscription to Crave.
That sounds like Starz programming won't be included in the basic Crave service once Encore rebrands to Starz, so you should watch your Starz series before 2019.
 

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Can't believe you did not know Crave had a Standalone Over the Top steaming option.
I did know that. What I didn't know is that they have a live streaming option as well. Essentially whatever is playing live on HBO right now, can be streamed live via Crave. As far as I can tell, you cannot pause these in Crave at all.

The only things in Crave you can pause are the on demand shows (what you are describing)
 

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The live streaming of the former tmn channels is new, even I did not know that until I saw someone I know log into the app and took a glance. of course you can not pause these, theyre live streams, you need a pvr to pause and rewind and resume live streams. we are so used to the vod model of netflix we forget that actual live streams existed before this and we never had issues with not being able to pause, rewind, or skip fwd
 

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Theoretically it could be possibly to pause the live streams as long as there is local storage available. It would just use the local storage as a buffer. The newer Apple TV's have 32GB of storage. Crave looks like it maxes out at 2.5GB/hour, so providing a certain amount of local buffer could be possible. I doubt they would do it though.
 

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Besides there being no website schedule for the Crave TV channels, I can't find any highlighted movie and episode premieres. So, where's the scroll-able monthly listings and premier (new) content?
Gbamber that is a good point! Please write to Crave and tell them to add premieres. The "Live" page is the only page about real television now and it is a joke!!! Real TV is an afterthought to the on demand stuff!!
 

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A few weeks ago, I couldn't sleep as my wife was snoring like a sealion plus I had severe stomach cramps. I went into the den and turned on the TV and ran through the TMN channels. I checked out 282 and was blown-away by what was being broadcast:anal intercourse! So, I wasn't too surprised that they dropped the Adult content in their package. Most likely, somebody brought this to the attention of the CRTC and they took action.
 

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mike10. All I can say is, I've never seen that depicted before on Ch.282 and somebody higher up the food chain felt that they had crossed the line.
 

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Making channels available to a wider audience often results in content restrictions. When CITY expanded outside of Toronto the CRTC ruled they had to stop showing their "blue movies" in early morning hours. I guess they thought it would offend or corrupt us country rubes who live outside the GTA. They also started showing their prime time movies in edited for TV format instead of unedited. Someone at Bell probably felt that pornography was not suitable for the Crave brand. They can probably make more money by shifting it over to premium pornography channels anyway.
 

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I'm not too happy with the "All New Crave". I'm on Cogeco and once everything rebranded I went to want a movie on Demand only to find out that everything was HD only (don't have any HD boxes). I was speaking to someone from Cogeco last night and they informed me that Crave is only adding HD on Demand, they told me my options are to add TMN Encore bringing the package price up to $25 or get HD boxes. I have Chromecasts on all of my TVs so I can watch the movies like that, but on a 175GB internet package, I'm not going to be watching much. Thanks for NOTHING BELL!
 

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Not sure I'm a fan of this so far.

Movies that were available on TMN Encore aren't available on Crave. I can view them via my cable box on-demand, but nothing on the Crave site. Not sure if this is a part of the transition or we just lost a lot of content.
 
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