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March 27, 2015

Salmon Arm’s #1 Hit Music Station 91.5 EZ ROCK Partners with Mobile Marketing Platform GetintheLoop

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Salmon Arm, B.C. (March 27, 2015) – The good deals continue to roll throughout the Okanagan region. Salmon Arm’s 91.5 EZ ROCK and start-up mobile marketing company GetintheLoop are poised to connect consumers across the region with non-stop deals. The recently minted partnership enables members of the local business community opportunities to take on “Offer Partner” status, connect with consumers across digital touch-points including email and mobile apps, all while having their branded offers promoted by 91.5 EZ ROCK, Salmon Arm’s #1 hit radio station. This partnership comes off the heels of a recent announcement by 105.7 SUN FM in Vernon – offering a very similar opportunity and connection that benefits consumers and businesses in Vernon.

“We are thrilled to continue and extend the partnership with GetintheLoop,” said Gord Leighton, General Manager, 91.5 EZ ROCK. “We look forward to the business advantages our clients will seek in this new venture.

“The decision to extend the partnership in Salmon Arm was made easy by the immediate success in the Vernon business community,” said Matt Crowell, CEO,GetintheLoop. “Gord and his team have extensive experience in the market. The attraction to all of the Shuswap touristic amenities for our members allows us to build substantial relationships and connect positively with consumers.”

Initially created to share local golf deals via text message, GetintheLoop has since expanded to become one of the fastest-growing tech apps and email services in Western Canada. Awarded 2014 Business Excellence Marketer of the Year by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, GetintheLoop has connected tens of thousands of members to high quality, live deals from restaurants, bars, spas, hotels, and entertainment in six cities around B.C. The newly formed partnership between 91.5 EZ Rock and GetintheLoop makes Salmon Arm the seventh city in the province to offer deals available via the mobile marketing platform.

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March 27, 2015

TSN Expands Formula 1 Coverage to Include BBC Sport’s Grid Walk Beginning with 2015 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS Malaysian Grand Prix This Sunday

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TORONTO (March 27, 2015) – TSN announced today it is expanding its FORMULA 1™ coverage this season to include BBC Sport’s popular grid walk for 10 races in 2015, beginning with this weekend’s MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX. Hosted by BBC Sport’s expert analysts David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan and lead presenter Suzi Perry, the grid walk delivers a track-level perspective in the lead-up to GRAND PRIX races (see below for TSN’s grid walk schedule).

“We’ve heard from passionate FORMULA 1 fans about their desire to see even more coverage across our network on race day,” said Shawn Redmond, Vice-President, Programming and Marketing, TSN. “Adding a world-class production like BBC’s FORMULA 1 Grid Walk gives fans the opportunity to further immerse themselves into the biggest open-wheel series in the world.”

TSN delivers complete coverage of all GRAND PRIX races in this year’s FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, including practice and qualification for every stop on this year’s circuit. TSN’s live coverage of the world’s biggest open-wheel racing competition continues this weekend with the 2015 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX. Live action gets underway on Friday, March 27 at 1:55 a.m. ET on TSN2 with practice coverage, followed by qualifying on Saturday, March 28 at 4:55 a.m. ET on TSN, and the race itself on Sunday, March 29 with pre-race coverage beginning at 2:35 a.m. ET on TSN.

TSN delivers exclusive live coverage of the only Canadian race on the FORMULA 1 calendar, the CANADIAN GRAND PRIX (FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DU CANADA), beginning with practice from Montreal’s famous Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve on Friday, June 5. TSN’s coverage continues with qualifying on Saturday, June 6 and culminates with the 2015 FORMULA 1 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX the following day.

Auto Racing on TSN
TSN is the home of auto racing in Canada, with more live coverage of the sport than any other broadcaster. TSN’s comprehensive broadcast schedule features exclusive coverage of FORMULA 1®, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, and NHRA Drag Racing.

For a complete broadcast schedule visit www.TSN.ca

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March 27, 2015

E! Reigns as the #1 Entertainment Specialty Channel with Women During KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS and THE ROYALS Premieres

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TORONTO (March 27, 2015) – Canadians are keeping up with E! as final data confirms that the network was the #1 Canadian specialty channel with the key female 18-34 demo during the premieres of KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS and THE ROYALS at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. respectively, on Sunday, March 15. A total of 611,000 viewers tuned in to the Season 10 premiere of KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS, making it the #1 Canadian specialty channel among all the female demos, F18-34, F18-49, and F25-54, as well as A18-34, A18-49. The reality series was also up 57% over Season 9, and 49% over the series best, Season 8, with 202,000 viewers among A18-49.

The hot-new series THE ROYALS, which had a special extended premiere from 10-11:15 p.m., drew a total of 622,000 viewers, making E! the #1 entertainment specialty channel among F18-34, and #2 among F18-49 and F25-54. Up 69% from last year’s timeslot average, the premiere also garnered 100,000 viewers among A18-49.

New episodes of KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS and THE ROYALS continue this Sunday, March 29 on E!.

9 p.m. – KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS – “The Carfather”
When Scott has a flurry of suspicious activity and vague business dealings, the family decides to pull back the curtain on Scott's man-of-mystery persona. Kris worries she's made a mistake by putting Kourtney in charge of her living will, and Kim must stop Bruce before he spends all his money.

10 p.m. – THE ROYALS – “We are Pictures, or Mere Beasts”
The Queen (Elizabeth Hurley, GOSSIP GIRL) and Princess Eleanor (Alexandra Park, HOME AND AWAY) throw competing fashion shows during London’s fashion week, while Prince Liam (William Mosely,
Chronicles of Narnia) narrowly avoids a catastrophe.

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March 26, 2015

PRODUCTION STARTS ON FINALE SEASON OF SHAW MEDIA’S ORIGINAL HIT DRAMA SERIES CONTINUUM

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VANCOUVER, BC, March 26, 2015 - Reunion Pictures, in association with Shaw Media, today announced that production is underway on season four of Continuum, Showcase's Canadian original action-drama about a policewoman from 2077 who travels back in time to track down escaped Liber8 convicts from the future. The six one-hour episode conclusion wraps production in late May and premieres July 26, 2015 on Showcase.

In season four of Continuum, Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols, Criminal Minds, Alias) and the mysterious time traveler, Brad Tonkin (Ryan Robbins, Falling Skies, The Killing) must battle the Future Soldiers who arrived in a flash of light in the last moments of season three. Meanwhile, Kiera's alliance with the remaining members of Liber8 challenges her relationship with both Carlos (Victor Webster, Castle, Melrose Place) and Alec Sadler (Erik Knudsen, Jericho, Scream 4).

Kiera must also face off against Kellog (Stephen Lobo, Arctic Air, Smallville), who is using every option available to him to become the ruler of a dark future built in his image. Ultimately Kiera is put to the test when the dream of potentially reuniting with her family is reignited.

"The final season of Continuum is built around the opportunity for Kiera to finally get home, and poses the question: what are we prepared to compromise to achieve our ultimate goal?" said creator/executive producer Simon Barry. "Kiera must put those she loves at risk to pursue a dream that she thought was impossible."

"We are happy that fans all over the world will now receive the highly anticipated conclusion to this critically acclaimed series," said Reunion Pictures' Tom Rowe. "Under the creative direction of Simon Barry, Executive Producer/Director Patrick Williams, and our stellar cast, the final season promises to deliver some fascinating answers to the complexities ofContinuum's present and future worlds."

Returning cast include Roger Cross (Motive, Arrow), Omari Newton (Blue Mountain State, Sophie), Luvia Petersen (The L Word) and Terry Chen (Bates Motel, Combat Hospital).

Continuum is created by Executive Producer Simon Barry (The Art of War) while DGC Award winner Patrick Williams (Shattered, Smallville) is Executive Producer and Director. Reunion Pictures partners Tom Rowe, Lisa Richardson and Matthew O'Connor are Executive Producers.

Viewers can catch up on previous seasons of Continuum on shomi.

Filmed on location in Vancouver, BC, Continuum  is developed and produced by Reunion Pictures. International distribution is handled by Endemol. The series is now seen internationally in over 100 countries. 

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March 26, 2015

HISTORY® GREENLIGHTS FOURTH SEASON OF HIT SERIES VIKINGS

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NEW YORK/TORONTO, March 26, 2015 HISTORY® announced today that it has picked up a fourth season of its hit scripted series Vikings, created and written by Michael Hirst (The Tudors, Elizabeth).  Five new episodes remain in the current season airing Thursdays at 10pm ET/PT with the season finale slated for Thursday, April 23rd at 10pm ET/PT.

The first four episodes of season three took viewers by storm, averaging 895,000 (A2+), 428,000 (A25-54) and 375,000 (A18-49), making the new season of Vikings the #1 specialty drama on Thursday nights in all key demos*.  Vikings has been the #1 specialty drama since its inaugural season premiere in 2013** and this year earned four Canadian Screen Awards including Best International Drama.

Production on season four will begin this spring in Ireland.

“Five weeks in and still topping the charts as Canada’s number one specialty drama, Vikingshas cemented HISTORY firmly in the scripted series genre and we’re thrilled to be picking it up for a new season,” said Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media.  “Backed by strong Canadian representation among both cast and crew, Vikings is one of the most compelling, visually stunning dramas on television today and we can’t wait to bring it back.”

Vikings tells the extraordinary tales of the lives and epic adventures of these warriors and portrays life in the Dark Ages through the eyes of Viking society. The gripping family saga of Ragnar (Travis Fimmel), Rollo (Clive Standen), Lagertha (Canadian Katheryn Winnick) and Bjorn (Canadian Alexander Ludwig) continues in season three as alliances and loyal friendships are questioned, faith is catechized and relationships are strained.

Created and written by Michael Hirst – one of the premier historical story-tellers in the industry (Academy-Award winning film Elizabeth; and the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated series The Tudors), Michael serves as Executive Producer along with Morgan O’Sullivan of World 2000 (The Count of Monte Cristo; The Tudors), Sheila Hockin (The Tudors; The Borgias), John Weber of Take 5 Productions (The Tudors; The Borgias), Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer and James Flynn (The Tudors; The Borgias).

Vikings is an international Irish/Canadian co-production being co-produced by World 2000 and Take 5 Productions. HISTORY broadcasts both domestically in Canada and in the U.S. MGM Television is the worldwide distributor outside of Ireland and Canada. Vikings is produced in association with Shaw Media.  Fans who missed the first four episodes of the third season of Vikings can catch up on History.ca and the HISTORY Go App.  The first two seasons of Vikings are available on shomi.

* Source: Numeris (BBM Canada) PPM data: 1/5/15- 3/15/15(Confirmed) Ind 2+, A25-54, F25-54, M25-54, A18-49, F18-49, M18-49, A18-34, A50
** Source: Numeris (BBM Canada) PPM data: 8/26/13- 8/31/14 A25-54 excluding sports
** Source: Numeris (BBM Canada) PPM data: 12/30/13- 10/05/14 A25-54 excluding sports
** Source: Numeris (BBM Canada) PPM data: 1/5/15- 3/15/15 A25-54 (Confirmed) 

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March 26, 2015

DAILY PLANET Tackles Nature’s Awe-Inspiring Fury When “Forces of Nature Week” Returns, April 13-17 on Discovery

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TORONTO (March 26, 2015) – Ferocious winds, deadly volcanoes, and earthquakes the world has never seen before… Mother Nature truly is the ultimate warrior! DAILY PLANET – Canada’s favourite science program – is on high alert, scouring the planet for the world’s freakiest forces on “Forces of Nature Week”, Monday, April 13 – Friday, April 17 at 7 p.m. ET on Discovery. Co-hosts Ziya Tong and Dan Riskin follow the scientists who track and reveal the fearsome power of Mother Nature –  from a lizard that shoots blood from its eyeballs to lightning that fires upwards, and even daring to touch the hottest pepper in the world – DAILY PLANET turns up the heat, dissecting powerful forces in ways never thought possible!

Highlights from DAILY PLANET’s “Forces of Nature” Week include:
Surfing the Heaviest Wave
Taking on Mother Nature at her own game! Imagine a wave that’s two storeys high, is super thick, and crashes down on a shallow, razor-sharp coral reef. Well, here’s the crazy part: pro surfer Garrett McNamara has…. and he’s done it more than 50 times! The wave is called Teahupoo, and it’s considered the heaviest wave in the world. McNamara breaks down the science behind the wave withDAILY PLANET, and shares his personal account of what it’s like surfing this massive beast.

Ziya Tong in Quicksand
What’s it like to experience one of nature’s strangest forces first hand? DAILY PLANET co-host Ziya Tong jumps right in the thick of it to find out what makes quicksand so terrifying and deadly. To do that, she’s enlisted the help of David Willey, science demonstrator extraordinaire, who’s built a homemade quicksand contraption filled with sand and a water pipe to blast a high-pressure stream. During “Forces of Nature Week”, DAILY PLANET finds out how quicksand forms, how fast a person can sink into it, and the best way to get someone out of it… alive!

Volcano Sounds
When mountains of magma erupt, it’s hard to turn away from a bubbling, erupting flow of lava. Listening carefully, is it obvious when it’s going to blow? That’s what Jeff Johnson is trying to figure out by setting up infrared sensors and collecting the sounds of Chile’s Villarrica volcano. The results are surprising!

Wooden Tornado Shelter
When nature’s fury throws 400 km/h winds at a person, they’re going to run to take cover. Question is: how do they know their shelter can take the extreme punishment? Engineers in Madison, Wisconsin have not only built a wooden shelter – yes, wooden! – they’re so confident it’ll stand up, they’re pummeling it with high velocity debris to prove it. DAILY PLANET takes viewers behind the scenes to watch the terrifying action.

Hottest Pepper
By Guinness World Records’ standards, Ed Currie has created the world’s hottest pepper at his South Carolina farm. It’s so hot, it can’t even be touched without specially made gloves. DAILY PLANET heads to the farm as Currie trains a new employee to handle these homegrown forces of nature.

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March 26, 2015

From Pied Piper to the President: HBO Comedies SILICON VALLEY and VEEP Return to HBO Canada, April 12

TORONTO (March 26, 2015) – High-tech humour in Palo Alto and hilarious hijinks in the White House. On Sunday, April 12, following the anticipated Season 5 premiere of GAME OF THRONES, HBO Canada welcomes back two of HBO’s most award-winning, critically acclaimed comedies. Set in the technology gold rush, the Golden Globe® and Emmy®-nominated comedy SILICON VALLEY returns at 10 p.m. ET/MT for its 10-episode second season, and continues to follow a team of underdogs struggling to make it in a land of big ideas and bigger egos. The 10-episode fourth season of VEEP debuts at 10:30 p.m. ET/MT, and stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus in her Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award winning role as President Selina Meyer, for whom even the most banal action can set off a ripple effect that has unexpected and far-reaching consequences. 

Click HERE for a sneak peek of the new season of SILICON VALLEY, and HERE for a sneak peek of the new season of VEEP.

A collaboration between Mike Judge (KING OF THE HILL) and Alec Berg (HBO’s CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM), who both direct five episodes, SILICON VALLEY takes a comic look at the modern-day epicentre of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. After taking the tech world by storm last season at TechCrunch Disrupt, Richard (Canadian actor Thomas Middleditch, Search Party) and the rest of the Pied Piper team – Erlich (T.J. Miller, Transformers: Age of Extinction), Jared (Zach Woods, THE OFFICE), Gilfoyle (Martin Starr, FREAKS AND GEEKS), and Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani, FRANKLIN & BASH) – look ahead to a bright and profitable future. But their success may be in jeopardy, thanks to big changes at Raviga, the company created by Peter Gregory, and Nucleus, the competing compression platform launched by Hooli CEO Gavin Belson (Matt Ross, HBO’s BIG LOVE).

The series also stars Canadian Amanda Crew (Jobs) as Monica, Suzanne Cryer (TWO GUYS AND A GIRL) who joins the cast as Raviga managing partner Laurie Bream, and Jimmy O. Yang (2 BROKE GIRLS) as Jian-Yang. Guest star Ben Feldman (MAD MEN) returns as Ron LaFlamme, while new guest stars include Chris Diamantopolous (EPISODES) as Russ Hanneman, and Alice Wetterlund (The Interview) as Carla.

The fourth season of VEEP, created by Armando Iannucci (Oscar®-nominee for In the Loop), begins with President Meyer about to give her first major speech as commander-in-chief, though it remains to be seen if her term will outlast that of America’s shortest-serving president, William Henry Harrison. With the stakes for Selina and her team higher than ever before, she must still run for election, while her staff grapple with how to make her seem more ‘presidential’

The ensemble case of the series includes Tony Hale (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT) in his Emmy-winning role as Gary, Anna Chlumsky (In the Loop) in her Emmy-nominated role as Amy, Reid Scott (The Intern) as Dan, Matt Walsh (Into the Storm) as Mike, Timothy C. Simons (The Interview) as Jonah, Sufe Bradshaw (Overnight) as Sue, Kevin Dunn (HBO’s TRUE DETECTIVE) as Ben, Emmy nominee Gary Cole (THE GOOD WIFE) as Kent, and new series regular and Sam Richardson (THE OFFICE) as Richard.

Recurring guests this season include Patton Oswalt (THE GOLDBERGS) as the new Vice-President’s hands-on chief-of-staff Teddy, Sarah Sutherland (HBO’s THE NEWSROOM) as Selina’s daughter Catherine, and Hugh Laurie (HOUSE M.D.) as a powerful political figure.

SILICON VALLEY was created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler (KING OF THE HILL), and Dave Krinsky (KING OF THE HILL). Executive producers are Mike Judge, Alec Berg, John Altschuler, Dave Krinsky, Michael Rotenberg (IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA), and Tom Lassally (Edge of Tommorrow). Co-executive producers are Dan O’Keefe (THE LEAGUE) and Clay Tarver (Joy Ride), supervising producers are Sonny Lee (2 BROKE GIRLS) and Ron Weiner (30 ROCK), while Carrie Kemper (THE OFFICE) and Jim Kleverweis (HBO’s THE COMEBACK) produce.

VEEP is created by Armando Iannucci, and executive produced by Armando Iannucci, Christopher Godsick (Face/Off), New York Magazine’s Frank Rich, Chris Addison (DOCTOR WHO), Simon Blackwell (In the Loop), Tony Roche (In the Loop), Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Stephanie Laing (BANSHEE). The series is produced by Bill Hill (BANSHEE).

HBO Canada subscribers can catch up on all previous seasons of SILICON VALLEY and VEEP in Eastern Canada on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand, and in Western Canada, on the go with Shaw Go Movie Central app, Bell TV app, Telus Optik on the go, and HBO Canada On Demand.

HBO Canada is a multiplex channel of Bell Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada). 

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March 26, 2015

Bell Media Rallies the Realm for Season 5 of GAME OF THRONES with HBO Canada Pop-Up Shop in Toronto

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TORONTO (March 26, 2015) – #HBOShopTO. Calling all lords, hounds, kings, queens, and bastards in the realm of Toronto: Bell Media and HBO Canada are bringing fans an exclusive GAME OF THRONES-themed pop-up shop in the heart of the city. The HBO Canada Pop-Up Shop offers fans the opportunity to purchase a unique selection of HBO and GAME OF THRONES merchandise, as well as sit on the coveted Iron Throne of Westeros. Located at 277 Queen Street West, the HBO Canada Pop-Up Shop is open from Monday, April 6 to Sunday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

“As the most popular series ever on HBO Canada, GAME OF THRONES excites and mobilizes fans like nothing we’ve ever seen, which is why we decided to put our biggest series in the centre of the biggest city in Canada with a limited, highly visible, and unique storefront environment,” said Jon Arklay, Senior Vice-President, Bell Media Agency, Brand, Creative and Marketing. “Open to the public, the store features products previously unavailable in Canada and is a unique brand experience, not only for GAME OF THRONES buffs, but for fans who want to engage with HBO’s celebrated lineup of premium programming.”

The HBO Canada Pop-Up Shop will feature an impressive selection of HBO merchandise, with a focus on GAME OF THRONES products, including: an exclusive, limited edition, Season 5 T-shirt and tote bag; a GAME OF THRONES hockey jersey; beer steins; a 4D puzzle; a 7” Iron Throne replica statue; pint glasses; Pop! figurines; and more. Fans will also have the opportunity to be king or queen for the day by taking their photo on the Iron Throne.

In addition, the shop will also showcase merchandise from HBO Canada’s current lineup of premium programming from HBO including GIRLS, VEEP, SILICON VALLEY, and TRUE DETECTIVE, plus products from HBO’s back catalogue available on CraveTV, like ENTOURAGE, SEX AND THE CITY, THE WIRE, THE SOPRANOS, and CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM.

Click HERE for a sneak peek of the new season of GAME OF THRONES. 

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March 26, 2015

Thursday Nights Get a Fresh Infusion of Scripted Reality as Billy Crystal and Josh Gad Take Centre Stage in The Comedians, April 9 on FX

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TORONTO (March 26, 2015) A comedy veteran and an up-and-comer walk into the FX offices… and so begins the hilariously smart new single-camera comedy, The Comedians, starring Emmy® Award-winning comedian Billy Crystal (Monsters Inc. franchise) and the brilliantly funny Josh Gad (Frozen). Based on the Swedish series Ulveson and Herngren, The Comedians airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT, beginning April 9 on FX, followed by the Season 5 premiere of Emmy® Award-winning comedy Louie, airing Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings).

Unpredictable and authentic, The Comedians stars Crystal and Gad as themselves in this documentary-style original FX series… about the making of an original FX series. Having pitched his own show idea to FX executives, Crystal is told the only way they’ll do it is if he teams up with the younger, edgier Gad – transforming The Billy Show into the late-night sketch comedy The Billy & Josh Show. And the cameras are there to capture every uncomfortably funny moment between the unlikely duo. Rounding out the cast are Stephnie Weir (MADtv), Matt Oberg (The Bourne Legacy), and Megan Ferguson (Love & Other Drugs). Plus, viewers can expect to see an A-list lineup of guest stars throughout the season, including Jimmy Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel Live!), and industry legends Mel Brooks (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Producers, Blazing Saddles) and Rob Reiner (New Girl, All in the Family, The Wolf of Wall Street).

Then, stay tuned for the eagerly awaited Season 5 premiere of Louie, immediately following The Comedians. Filtered through the observational humour of Emmy® Award-winning comedian Louis C.K., each episode features a mix of scripted story and C.K.’s stand-up comedy, centring on his everyday ordeals, quest for love, and pursuit of humour. In the premiere episode, Louie goes to a potluck dinner.

Viewers can watch all of their favourite FX and FXX programming with the FXNOW Canada video player and app, available on iTunes and the Google Play Store. This authenticated video product allows viewers to watch marquee programming from both FX and FXX post-broadcast, on any device – online, tablets, or smartphones – at no additional cost. FXNOW Canada is also compatible with Android and iOS (tablets and mobile).

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March 26, 2015

Let’s Talk TV: CRTC proposes measures to empower Canadian TV viewers

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March 26, 2015 – Ottawa–Gatineau—The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today unveiled a draft code that will help Canadians make informed choices and resolve disputes with their television service providers.

During the Let’s Talk TV conversation, many Canadians said that cable and satellite companies do not always provide enough information about their packaging and pricing. Canadians also said that, in their view, the companies sometimes provide misleading or inaccurate information, as well as poor or inconsistent customer service. The CRTC’s code reflects what it heard from Canadians.

Under the proposed code, cable and satellite companies would be required to provide easy-to-understand agreements to their customers and notify them of changes to their services. The code would also clarify the terms surrounding the addition or cancellation of channels, early cancellation fees and installation appointments, among others. Combined with the CRTC’s previously announced prohibition of 30-day cancellation policies, http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=900669

Canadians will have the freedom and necessary information to switch service providers if they are not satisfied.

To help the CRTC finalize the code, Canadians are invited to share their views on the following questions:
•           What kind of information should cable and satellite providers give subscribers when they sign up?
•           How much notice should cable and satellite providers have to give when they change the price of channels or packages of channels?
•           What would constitute a reasonable timeframe for service calls by cable and satellite providers?

The CRTC is welcoming comments on the draft code until May 25, 2015.

Canadians can participate by:
•           filling out the online form https://services.crtc.gc.ca/pub/instances-proceedings/Default-Defaut.aspx?YA=2012&S=O&PA=t&PT=nc&PST=a&lang=fr
•           writing to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N2, or
•           sending a fax, at 819-994-0218

For more information on how to participate in a CRTC consultation, please see: It’s Your CRTC: Here’s How to Have Your Say! http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/info_sht/g10.htm

The CRTC will also host an online discussion forum to promote further discussion among Canadians on the proposed code. Details of the discussion forum will be announced shortly.

In addition, Canadians are increasingly obtaining their various communications services from the same company through bundled offerings.

For this reason, the CRTC is proposing that Canadians would be able to direct their complaints relating to the code to the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services. This industry ombudsman currently works with Canadians to help resolve complaints relating to their wireless, Internet and telephone services, and administers the CRTC’s wireless code.

Improved access for Canadians with disabilities
Canadians with disabilities will have access to more content that has been adapted to their needs and which will provide them with a seamless viewing experience. The CRTC expects that when television programs with closed captioning are made available online and on mobile devices, the closed captioning will be included.

In addition, the CRTC expects broadcasters to increase the amount of programs with described video they offer over the next few years. By September 2019, most broadcasters will have to provide described video for programs aired in prime time, from 7 to 11 p.m.

Finally, the CRTC will require television service providers to make accessible hardware, such as set-top boxes and remote controls, available to subscribers, where they can be obtained from suppliers and are compatible with their networks. This requirement will be implemented by the end of 2015.

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March 26, 2015

THE FIERCEST MOST POWERFUL PRINCESS IN THE UNIVERSE COMES TO DISNEY XD WHEN STAR VS. THE FORCES OF EVIL DEBUTS ON APRIL 6

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TORONTO, March 26, 2015 – Wands that shoot rainbows, dimension cutting scissors and a flying pony head are just three of the out-of-this-world accessories Princess Star Butterfly is bringing to Disney XD when the animated adventure series Star vs. The Forces of Evil premieres. Debuting as a special one-hour episode on Monday, April 6 at 6 p.m. ET, the quirky comedy follows Star Butterfly, a teen princess from another dimension who, after receiving an all-powerful magic wand for her 14th birthday, is sent to Earth to live with the Diaz family and their responsible son, Marco. The zany new series debuts as part of Easter Monday’s Animation Domination and is preceded by the mid-season finale of fan-favourite series Gravity Falls.

Adjusting to life on a new planet with a new family can be challenging, but fortunately for Star, karate-loving Marco acts as her guide, helping her adapt to her new home. In return, the fun-loving magical teen princess helps Marco come out of his shell, teaching him to take chances and make the most of every day. Together, the unlikely duo navigate high school and embark on dimension-hopping adventures across the multiverse all while keeping Star’s wand out of the clutches of arch-nemesis Ludo and his monstrous forces of evil.

In the premiere episode, titled “Star Comes to Earth/Party with a Pony,” Star’s parents send her to Earth in an attempt to keep her safe, after she receives a royal magic wand for her birthday. Then, Star’s best friend from her home dimension pays a visit and feels threatened by Star’s new friendship with her host-brother Marco. Beginning April 19, Star vs. The Forces of Evil will air regularly Sundays at 12 p.m. ET.  Disney XD OnDemand will also offer new episodes as they become available beginning April 7.   

Part of an Easter Monday Animation Domination, the wackiness officially begins at 2 p.m. ET with The Gravity Falls Marathon of Mystery. The nine consecutive episodes lead into the highly anticipated mid-season finale titled “Not What He Seems,” at 6:30 p.m. ET, where government agents take Stan into custody, leading Dipper and Mabel to question how much they really know about their good ol’ Grunkle. The misadventure features a special guest voice performance by Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) as Agent Powers.

Star vs. The Forces of Evil features the voices of Eden Sher (The Middle) as Star Butterfly; Adam McArthur (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as Marco Diaz; Alan Tudyk (Suburgatory) as Ludo and King Butterfly. In addition to the series regular cast, recurring guest stars include: Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) as Mrs. Diaz; Artt Butler (Her) as Mr. Diaz; Nate Torrence (Super Fun Night) as Ferguson; Jenny Slate (Parks and Recreation) as Pony Head and Dee Dee Rescher (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) as Skullnick.

The quirkiness continues at DisneyXD.ca where fans can learn more about the series and its characters. The dedicated show page also features exclusive video content and the cool new game “Star vs. the Forces of Evil – Creature Capture,” where players can use Star’s wand to match creature colours and zap them back into the tower dome.

Star vs. The Forces of Evil is created and executive-produced by 2009 California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) graduate Daron Nefcy and is produced by Disney Television Animation.

Disney XD is the leading kids digital specialty network in Canada, with a multiplatform brand offering a compelling mix of high definition live-action and animated programming. An advertising-supported channel, Disney XD features series, movies and short form content that transport kids into worlds of hilarious, outrageous and awe-inspiring adventures. Disney XD programming is also available through dedicated OnDemand and Broadband services. Visit us at DisneyXD.ca.

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March 26, 2015

The Truth Is We All Tell Lies. shomi Presents the Exclusive Canadian SVOD Premiere of Golden Globe Winner The Honourable Woman, April 3

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TORONTO (March 26, 2015) – Secrets and spies, Golden Globes® and a Gyllenhaal – the thrilling international drama The Honourable Woman makes its binge-able Canadian subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) debut on shomi™ April 3. Set against the gripping backdrop of government paranoia and espionage, this nine-part BBC series tells the story of one woman’s personal journey to right the wrongs conducted in a past life. As a young girl, Nessa Stein (Maggie Gyllenhaal) witnessed the assassination of her father by the armed wing of the Palestinian Liberation Organization. Now in her late 30s, Stein is at the forefront of the Middle East peace process.

An independent entrepreneur, equal parts idealist and pragmatist, Stein has worked tirelessly to help cultivate an atmosphere of reconciliation between the Israelis and Palestinians. Recognized with a noble title for her campaigning work, the newly-made Baroness must fight forces that are conspiring against her as she awards a highly-lucrative contract to a Palestinian businessman. When he is subsequently killed, Stein and her brother Ephra (Andrew Buchan) come under the renewed close scrutiny of Whitehall and the Secret Intelligence Service.

From the corridors of governmental power to the sibling dynamic that bonds the Stein family’s private purpose, Whitehall and MI6, Washington and the CIA, The Palestinian Authority and a Gaza safe-house – the visual backdrop of writer/producer Hugo Blick’s compelling drama is as stunning and refined as the story that drives it. The full nine episodes of The Honourable Woman are available to stream on shomi starting April 3.

shomi is available now in beta first to Rogers and Shaw Internet or cable customers, while conversations continue with other BDUs. With an all-star TV content lineup of Canadian exclusives, including Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle; exclusive day-and-date releases of buzz-worthy series such as Jane the Virgin, iZombie, and The Originals; and past-seasons of many of the hottest shows on television, featuring Sons of Anarchy, The Americans, and Vikings. Beyond TV binges, shomi offers hand-picked movie favourites and fun kids-and-family content. Canadians can enjoy shomi online and on select tablets, mobile devices, set top boxes (on Rogers Channel 300 or through the Shaw On Demand menu), and Xbox 360. shomi will also be coming soon to Chromecast.

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March 25, 2015

Statement by Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media on CTV News

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TORONTO, March 25, 2015 /CNW/ - "CTV News is Canada's leading news organization because of its longstanding commitment to the highest levels of journalistic integrity. With that reality in mind, I would like to explain events around discussion of last week's CRTC decisions on CTV and other Bell Media news channels.

I reached out to the CTV News leadership team to let them know I felt the focus on the CRTC itself by CTV and other Canadian news organizations would be better placed on a broad and necessary discussion of the impacts of the CRTC's decisions on consumers, our team members, and our business.

It was wrong of me to be anything but absolutely clear that editorial control always rests with the news team. I have apologized to the team directly for this mistake. Indeed their strong and straightforward reaction to my intrusion only heightens my appreciation of their independence, integrity and professionalism. It is crucial to note that CTV's coverage of the CRTC's decisions was fair, balanced and extensive, and stands up in comparison to coverage of the issue by any Canadian news organization.

In short, I've re-learned a valuable lesson from the best news team in the business."

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March 25, 2015

Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman and CEO of the CRTC, on journalistic independence

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March 25, 2015 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
One of the pillars of Canada’s broadcasting system—and, in fact, of our country’s democracy—is that journalists are able to report news stories independently and without undue editorial interference. This principle, along with other fundamental journalistic values, is enshrined in the Code of Ethics that was developed by RTNDA Canada (The Association of Electronic Journalists).

Further to section 2(3) of the Broadcasting Act, the CRTC has been entrusted by Canadians, through Parliament, to defend the principles of fair comment, freedom of expression and journalistic independence.

That a regulated company does not like one of the CRTC’s rulings is one thing. The allegation, however, that the largest communication company in Canada is manipulating news coverage is disturbing. Holding a radio or television licence is a privilege that comes with important obligations that are in the public interest, especially in regards to high-quality news coverage and reporting.

An informed citizenry cannot be sacrificed for a company’s commercial interests. Canadians can only wonder how many times corporate interests may have been placed ahead of the fair and balanced news reporting they expect from their broadcasting system.

The RTDNA Code of Ethics is administered by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council. Canada’s private broadcasters, including CTV, are members of this independent body and must adhere to its codes of conduct. Complaints about this matter should be directed to the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council for investigation.

We expect Canada’s broadcasters to live up to their responsibilities and adhere to a high standard in their news and information programs.

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March 25, 2015

SHAW MEDIA PARTNERS WITH SHAFTESBURY/SMOKEBOMB, SHIFT2 AND SCHICK® QUATTRO FOR WOMEN® ON NEW SCRIPTED MULTIPLATFORM COMEDY SERIES MSLABELLED

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Featuring Jeanne Beker, the New Series Engaging Female Millennials is now Available on VervegirlTV and Slice.ca/MsLabelled 
TORONTO, March 25, 2015 - Shaw Media and Shaftesbury’s digital studio, Smokebomb Entertainment, have joined forces with brand agency shift2 and Schick® Quattro for Women® to engage female millennials with MsLabelled, a new, fashion-focused, multiplatform comedy series (20 x four-minutes) featuring and executive produced by Jeanne Beker (Fashion Television). MsLabelled is available now at VervegirlTV and Slice.ca/MsLabelled. 

Designed to run both online and on air, MsLabelled is a witty, vlog-style comedy series set in the fast-paced, high-pressure world of fashion. The series features Ella (Rebecca Liddiard; Between), a young fashionista who tries to find her own voice in the industry by launching an upstart fashion blog, after landing a job at a magazine overseen by editor-at-large Jeanne Beker. The series extends onto social platforms through Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter where fictional and real world fashion vloggers, along with the fans of the series, can share, discuss and dissect fashion and fashion trends. The first six episodes are now available on Slice™network’s popular, female-focused website Slice.ca and the VervegirlTV YouTube channel, with new episodes to be released each Tuesday and Thursday as well as additional Schick® Quattro for Women branded content featuring the cast. Episodes of MsLabelled will be reshaped for TV and air on Slice™ at a later date.

“We know great content can thrive on multiple platforms,” said Christine Shipton, SVP of Content, Shaw Media. “MsLabelled, a series ripe with entertaining characters and strong storytelling, works perfectly across both mediums and offers us the exciting opportunity to have brands like Schick® engage with the series.”

“We believe there is a strong future in bringing brands and broadcasters together in a “lasercast” model of scripted YouTube content creation and social fan engagement,” said Christina Jennings, Chairman & CEO, Shaftesbury/Smokebomb and Chairman, shift2. “MsLabelled has been designed to engage millennials and move seamlessly from YouTube to other platforms, and we’re excited to blend digital and traditional entertainment in partnership with both Shaw Media and Schick®.”

“I’m excited to be contributing to this new wave of transmedia programming that will undoubtedly resonate with all those cool, young women out there who can never get enough of the enigmatic world of fashion,” said Jeanne Beker, Executive Producer, MsLabelled. “Having had the privilege of initially pioneering fashion content for television three decades ago, I’m now savouring this opportunity to make waves on a whole new media frontier.”

“After learning about the MsLabelled series and seeing drafts of the scripts, we loved the central theme around strong female characters in fashion,” said Jennifer Carnevale, Brand Manager, Quattro For Women. “The series fits perfectly with the Quattro for Woman user - a young woman who is fun and flirty, and loves fashion and YouTube. This is the brand’s first foray into YouTube and we believe it is a great way to connect with our target consumer.”

In MsLabelled, editor-at-large Jeanne Beker tells new Label Magazine assistant Ella (Rebecca Liddiard) that “magazines will die if they don’t change.” Ella’s beyond stoked to work at the magazine and will do whatever it takes to bring Label up to speed with the fast-paced online social world where fashion bloggers are quickly overtaking their print counterparts. But, industry gossip rag Mirror Mirror is spilling Label’s secrets all over Twitter and is out to sabotage Ella and her blog, MsLabelled. Thankfully she has designer Anna (Sara Hennessey; Just For Laughs) and cute IT guru Gus (Shawn Ahmed; Paranormal Investigators) on her side to keep her sane. But can she survive this high-pressure world and endless backstabbing without putting her job on the line?

Viewers can also delve deeper into the world of MsLabelled through its social feeds. Ella will be posting a Snapchat-style photo roll on Tumblr (www.mslabelled.tumblr.com) and Instagram (https://instagram.com/mslabelled/), serving as her personal social space to showcase her own take on fashion. The platforms will also be collaborating with real life fashion bloggers to create a fun, trend-forward space to talk fashion while never taking it too seriously. Additionally, the infamous Mirror Mirror Twitter feed (https://twitter.com/mmonthewall) will be active during the series run, revealing the latest fashion gossip in its signature snarky tone and giving viewers a chance to immerse themselves in the drama of the MsLabelled world. Viewers can also keep up with recaps, reviews, behind-the-scenes looks and sneak peeks through Tumblr (www.mslabelledshow.tumblr.com) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/mslabelledshow).

The cast of MsLabelled includes Rebecca Liddiard (Between); comedian Sara Hennessey (Just For Laughs); Richard Young (Degrassi), Spencer Robson (Reign), Shawn Ahmed (Paranormal Investigators), Sydney Kondruss (The Drownsman), Barbara Mamabolo (State of Syn), Marni Van Dyk (Reign), Nykeem Provo (Lost Girl), Adamo Ruggiero (Degrassi: The Next Generation) and Jeanne Beker as herself, playing Label’s tough but fair editor-at-large.

Produced by Shaftsbury/Smokebomb Entertainment and shift2 in association with Shaw Media and Schick® Quattro for Women, MsLabelled is produced by Smokebomb’s Steph Ouaknine and Jay Bennett and executive produced by Jeanne Beker, Christina Jennings and Kaaren Whitney-Vernon. Filmed in Toronto in early March, the series was created and written by Alexandra Clarke (Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars), and is directed by Zoe Robyn (Syfy’s Helix, Gator Farm). VervegirlTV is also the home of Smokebomb and shift2’s hit YouTube series Carmilla, funded by U by Kotex®, which has amassed 13.4 million views to date, with a second season set to launch this spring.

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March 25, 2015

TSN Radio 1040 in Vancouver and BC Lions Extend Radio Partnership Through 2017

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– TSN Radio 1040 Vancouver to remain exclusive radio home of the BC Lions –

VANCOUVER (March 25, 2015) – TSN and the BC Lions Football Club announced this morning that they have signed a new three-year radio rights extension to broadcast Lions games on TSN Radio 1040 in Vancouver. TSN 1040, broadcast partner of the BC Lions since 2003, will continue its exclusive broadcast rights deal with the Lions through the 2017 season.

“This agreement goes beyond just a radio rights deal, it’s a true partnership with the market’s #1 sports radio station, TSN Radio Vancouver,” said team president and CEO Dennis Skulsky. “We believe the continuity that has been established over the past decade is important for Lions fans, our sponsors and our organization. The connection to our fan base through radio remains a very important link, whether it’s listening to the pregame show, the play-by-play of the game, the postgame show or feedback, and Lions talk throughout the day during the season.

The reach across British Columbia on TSN’s numerous affiliates helps keep our loyal fans tuned-in for up-to-date information about our players, coaches, and the team. We’re also pleased to be associated with the talented and knowledgeable game-day broadcast team of Scott Rintoul, Giulio Caravatta, Bob “The Moj” Marjanovich, and Chris Burns, along with TSN’s other talented on-air personalities.”

“We are thrilled to continue as the radio broadcast partner for the BC Lions,” said James Stuart, Regional Vice-President, Radio and Local Television, B.C, Bell Media. “The club has had a home at our station for more than a decade and this new agreement ensures that our audience will continue to hear every moment of Lions football for the next three seasons.”

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March 25, 2015

Stingray Music Takes Flight with Air Canada’s enRoute In-Flight Entertainment

Air Canada IFE musical programming to feature diverse formats, more Canadian talent

Montreal 2015-03-25 – Stingray announced today an exciting partnership with Air Canada and Spafax, making Stingray the main music content partner for the Air Canada enRoute in-flight entertainment system.

“As a Canadian company, we are thrilled to mark our debut in the in-flight entertainment industry with Air Canada, the largest Canadian airline,” said Eric Boyko, President and CEO of Stingray. “In addition to providing Air Canada customers with the highest quality music content in flight, our partnership includes the promotion of great Canadian artists and musicians.”

Since February 2015, Air Canada customers have had access, free-on-demand, to the expertly curated music content that has contributed Stingray’s stellar global reputation, including:
Themed music playlists
Genre-based music playlists
Music Video playlists
Concert videos and music documentaries

Said Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO of Air Canada, “Air Canada is proud to support Canadian talent through this new partnership with Stingray that will provide our customers with more selections than ever before by Canadian artists.”

 “We look forward to introducing more choice and diversified formats in the complimentary musical programming enjoyed by millions of Air Canada customers each month, across Canada and around the world,” added Craig Landry, Air Canada’s Vice President, Marketing.

This first venture by Stingray into the in-flight entertainment industry was developed in coordination with Spafax, Air Canada’s content marketing agency of record. The partnership is in line with Stingray’s goal of providing the best music experiences to listeners worldwide and diversifying its service offering.  

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March 25, 2015

TVO partners with DHX Media on development of new children's animated science series, based on Lucy and Stephen Hawking's best-selling book series

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TORONTO, March 25, 2015  /CNW/ - TVO announced today that it has partnered with DHX Media on the development of a new children's animated series based on the 'George Greenby' books by world-renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and his daughter, author Lucy Hawking.

The new series is geared towards school-aged kids and explores various aspects of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), including space exploration and physics. Each episode will turn big science concepts into bite-sized information for kids, with a whimsical take on how the universe works. DHX Media will produce the series, with Pure Grass Films as executive producers, co-financers and distributors for several territories outside of Canada.

The series will tell the story of 11-year-olds George Greenby and Annie Bellis. When George and Annie say their science tutor is out of this world, they really mean it. That's because their tutor is Cosmos, an astounding artificial intelligence app that can instantly transport them anywhere in the universe!

Cosmos was built by Annie's father, Eric Bellis, a member of the top-secret Order of Science, as a way to teach Annie about any scientific topic. But he built Cosmos a little too well…during one fateful physics lesson, Cosmos figures out a way to open a wormhole right in Annie's living room!

Now Annie and George can explore anywhere in time and space and learn all kinds of cool stuff! Like what does a space smell like? And do stars live forever? It also means they can secretly help Eric with the discoveries and missions he and his fellow super-scientists at the Order are working on back on Earth…just as long as the trio makes it back before Eric realizes they're missing!

Throughout the series, episodes will explore the wonders of physics, breaking down questions of cosmic proportions, and also looking at earthly phenomena, all while remaining grounded in the facts of cutting-edge science and their relevance to our lives.

"TVO is honoured to be working with Lucy and Stephen Hawking, and partnering with DHX Media, to teach kids about the universe," said Pat Ellingson, Creative Head of Children's and Parents' Media, TVO. "This series will help strengthen kids' essential STEM skills, demonstrating how to use and apply technology for learning, while teaching them about outer space through science, specifically physics."

"DHX Media is very excited to be starting development on this amazing science show with TVO – an industry leader in kids' educational media," said Ace Fipke, Chief Content Officer, Kids & Family, DHX Media. "This partnership allows us to turn George and Annie's story into a visually spectacular educational adventure for the small screen, introducing school-aged boys and girls to the science of the universe through imaginative adventures."

"We are delighted to be working with DHX and TVO to bring the wonder and joy of discovering the universe to kids through storytelling and animation," said the Hawkings in a joint statement. "It is very exciting to see our George book series transform into a visual medium, and we are thrilled about the potential to educate through entertainment."

"All of us at Pure Grass Films are looking forward to working with this great team of partners and fantastic media organization like TVO to bring this educational, entertaining series to children in Canada and around the world," said Ben Grass, CEO and Founder of Pure Grass Films.

The series is slated to have 39 half-hour episodes and will also include a robust interactive component for mobile and web. More news to follow.

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March 25, 2015

Not-So-Handy Duos Give it Their All in New Competition Series BLOOD, SWEAT & TOOLS, Beginning April 13 on Discovery

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TORONTO (March 25, 2015) – Tool belts fastened, hard hats on, and home improvement wannabees ready to nail it! From the producers of MASTERCHEF CANADA and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER comes the new series BLOOD, SWEAT & TOOLS, featuring a lively battle among five of Canada’s most inept home renovating couples competing for a life-changing $50,000 cash prize. Airing Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning April 13 on Discovery, the hilarious nine-episode season is filled with chaos that tests domestic bliss.

Set in the iconic cottage country of Northern Ontario, BLOOD, SWEAT & TOOLS features five duos of hapless handypersons performing all manner of home renovation challenges, from installing toilets and outdoor showers, to building gazebos and repairing roofs. The teams work to impress three experts - Rob Koci of Canadian Contractor magazine, fourth-generation tradesman and carpenter, Helder Brum, and power tool expert Hillary Manion - with successful Do It Yourself (DIY) home repair projects in a bid to be named “Most Improved.” The couples must perform these DIY tasks quickly and to exacting specifications. Then, following eight episodes of hammering it out to stay alive in the competition, the final decision is left up to Canada with viewers determining the winning couple LIVE during the season finale episode. Votes will be cast throughout the finale broadcast via text and social media. Complete voting details will soon be announced.

Highlights from the first two episodes of BLOOD, SWEAT & TOOLS are as follows:

Episode One: Let There Be Tools!
Monday, April 13 at 10 p.m. ET/ PT

In the series opener, viewers meet the five competing teams from across Canada, along with the crack team of experts who will guide them. The pairs will face three challenges – Challenge One is to build a worktable; Challenge Two is to construct a fire pit and swinging bench (this is cottage country after all!); and Challenge Three is to install a toilet. And yes, there will be a flush test! The winner of this episode is given a special prize and their photo is placed on the infamous “Wall of Just Okay”. The battle is on!

Episode Two: What’s Up, Dock?
Monday, April 20 at 10 p.m. ET/ PT

The teams get up close and friendly with water. In Challenge One, the teams must install a window. Chaos ensues as they cut holes into walls and precariously perch their glass and frame. Water is then blasted against the window to test the seal (raingear required!) Challenge Two is a quintessential cottage test: building a dock and diving board. Challenge Three requires some rudimentary plumbing skills: installing an outdoor shower and pump. Not surprisingly, the teams struggle with how to get the water from the lake to the showerhead. Some swim and others sink.

BLOOD, SWEAT & TOOLS is an original format series produced by Proper Television in association with Discovery Canada. The series is executive produced by Guy O’Sullivan and Jennifer Scott. Blair Ricard is the series producer. For Discovery, Stan Lipsey is Executive Producer, and Edwina Follows is Director of Commissioning and Production. Ken MacDonald is Vice-President of Programming, Discovery Networks.

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March 25, 2015

‘Cord-cutting’ in Canadian traditional TV service market accelerated in 2014, according to new research

Ottawa, March 25, 2015—Canada’s publicly traded television service providers combined lost a record 65,000* TV subscribers in their respective 2014 fiscal years (November 30/December 31, 2013 to November 30/December 31, 2014), up sharply from a few hundred* lost in their 2013 fiscal years.

New research from Ottawa-based research and consulting firm Boon Dog Professional Services also shows that the publicly traded TV service providers lost 21,380 TV subscribers combined in their 2014 fiscal fourth quarters, almost double the 11,323 lost in the same periods in 2013.

“The trend continues to show the cable companies losing customers to the IPTV companies, although they lost fewer customers in 2014 than they did the previous year,” says Boon Dog Partner Mario Mota. “The problem is that IPTV subscriber growth is slowing for some companies (i.e., TELUS), so we saw overall TV subscriber losses accelerate. Another firm trend is that satellite TV is now in significant decline in Canada.”

Mota notes, however, that even with record subscriber losses, Canada’s traditional TV service providers are holding their own against a multitude of choices available to consumers to view video content. “Given that roughly 11.7 million households subscribed to a traditional TV service at the end of 2014, the 65,000 customers lost last year represents less than 1% of the total market.”

More than 90% of all traditional TV service subscribers in Canada are customers of the publicly traded TV service providers. Given that these large and best-capitalized TV service providers lost customers as a whole in 2014, Boon Dog estimates that the entire traditional TV service market declined by a slightly larger amount last year.

A full analysis is published in Boon Dog’s Canadian Digital TV Market Monitor research series. Additional key data from Boon Dog’s latest upcoming research report include the following:

·       Canada’s biggest four cable companies (Rogers, Shaw, Vidéotron, and Cogeco) combined lost 73,070 TV subscribers in their 2014 fiscal fourth quarters and 284,353 subscribers in their 2014 fiscal years;
·       The two satellite TV companies in Canada (Bell and Shaw Direct) lost a record 51,914 TV subscribers in their 2014 fiscal fourth quarters and 154,250 subscribers in their 2014 fiscal years; and
·       The publicly traded IPTV providers [Bell (including Bell Aliant) and TELUS] added an estimated 103,074 IPTV subscribers in their 2014 fiscal fourth quarters and 374,034 IPTV subscribers in their 2014 fiscal years.

Canadian Publicly Traded TV Service Providers Net TV Subscriber Growth/Decline
(Fiscal 2014 Ended November 30/December 31, 2014)

TV Service Provider/Fiscal End

Net TV Subscriber Growth/Decline

Rogers – December 31

(135,000)*

BCE – December 31

150,360**

Shaw – November 30

(68,590)

Vidéotron – December 31

(42,800)

Shaw Direct – November 30

(31,599)

Cogeco – November 30

(37,963)

TELUS – December 31

98,000

MTS – December 31

2,943

Total

(64,649)

* The Rogers TV subscriber number above excludes approximately 16,000 TV subscribers acquired during the year from Source Cable.   
** The BCE TV subscriber number above excludes an estimated 3,000 wholesale satellite TV subscribers sold to TELUS. This number is included in TELUS’ reported TV subscriber number so it is excluded from the reported BCE TV number to avoid double counting.

About Boon Dog Professional Services Inc.
Boon Dog Professional Services Inc. is an Ottawa-based research and consulting firm offering a range of professional services and research studies to clients in a number of sectors, with an expertise in the broadcasting and media sectors. Services provided include communications/broadcasting regulatory consulting and analytics, strategic business and market intelligence, marketing communications and public relations, writing and editing, project management, graphic design, and basic website design.

About the Canadian Digital TV Market Monitor
Published on a quarterly basis, Boon Dog’s Canadian Digital TV Market Monitor is the most comprehensive independent research series on the Canadian digital television distribution market. The research series tracks the growth and development of the digital TV services market, providing information such as subscriber data and forecasts, digital TV market share by technology (i.e., cable, satellite, and IPTV), estimates of households with HDTV set-top boxes, PVRs/DVRs, and those that are VOD-ready. The research series is now in its 14th year of publication.

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