New Rogers, Shaw video-streaming service to match Netflix cost

A new online streaming service created by two of Canada’s most powerful television distributors will launch in the first week of November, […] Shomi, a new subscription video-on-demand service, is a joint venture of Roger’s Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. At launch, it will be available only to Rogers and Shaw customers with Internet or TV subscriptions. […] The new service, which will include 11,000 hours of television and 1,200 movies, with 30 per cent Canadian content, will cost $8.99 per month – the same price as the popular Netflix streaming service since it raised its monthly rate by $1 earlier this year. Initially, it will be available on tablets, smartphones, web browsers, Xbox 360 and set top cable boxes. […] The platform is intended to bolster the business of the cable television giants in the face of stiff competition from all-you-can-watch streaming competitors. – James Bradshaw,The Globe and Mail
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