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DHX rebranding as WildBrain

Media | 09/23/2019 4:22 pm EDT

Three weeks after announcing a new CEO with a background in developing family-based entertainment products, DHX Media Ltd. announced Monday -- alongside its 2019 fourth quarter results -- that it would rebrand as WildBrain and reorganize itself around family-entertainment.  On August 30, the Halifax-based company announced that it was putting Eric Ellenbogen in charge of the company after stints at Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal and DreamWorks Animation. “Rebranding as WildBrain embraces our commitment to creativity, imagination and innovation, and our 360 [degree] approach to brand management. For many years, our WildBrain group has been at the leading edge of the digital media business,” Ellenbogen said in a release Monday.  The company also announced a revenue increase of 12 per cent to $108.8 million in its fourth quarterly...

OTT subs set to overtake traditional TV by 2020: report

Media | 04/23/2019 4:53 pm EDT

The number of Canadians who opt for over-the-top services is set to surpass the number of Canadians who subscribe to traditional television providers next year, according to a report released yesterday by Convergence Research Group. The Victoria, B.C.-based research group also estimates that OTT subscription revenue grew by 33 per cent in 2018 to $1.12 billion, and forecasts that it will grow to $1.51 billion in 2019. The 2018 OTT access revenue superseded Convergence’s growth expectations from two years ago, when the 2017 version of the report predicted access revenues of $972...

Content exporters ask consulting panel for CMF envelope they can access, match

Media | 03/12/2019 7:07 pm EDT

A trade association for Canadian-based television and content distribution...

Federal Court orders ban on ‘Mr. Blamo’ Kodi add-on software

Media | 10/03/2018 6:04 pm EDT

Nearly a dozen content producers have obtained a court order banning set-top box software developed by an individual in Canada that allows users to watch their content for free, according to court...

Stingray offers $120M for Music Choice

Media | 08/03/2018 2:00 pm EDT

Stingray Digital Group Inc. is turning from fighting Pennsylvania-based Music Choice to offering to buy...

Roku brings AVOD service to Canada

telecom | 07/24/2018 5:30 pm EDT

Roku Inc. is launching its no-cost ad-supported video-on-demand service (AVOD) The Roku Channel in Canada, according to a blog post Monday. People who own Roku TVs or the Roku streaming box will have immediate access to...

Freedom expands WiFi calling availability

Media | 06/11/2018 3:34 pm EDT

Shaw Communications Inc.’s Freedom Mobile said more phones with Apple Inc.’s iOS and Alphabet Inc.’s Android platform can make WiFi calls on its network in a post on Twitter Inc.’s platform Friday. This comes after the wireless carrier announced the feature in...

Bell to launch new on-demand services, content hub

Media | 06/07/2018 5:47 pm EDT

BCE Inc. will launch two new ad-supported video-on-demand (AVOD) services, rebrand its entertainment...

Ad-supported VOD rising as OTT grips TV market

Media | 02/02/2018 6:54 pm EST

OTTAWA — More competition in the over-the-top (OTT) space is driving a trend of more ad-supported...

House of Cards arrives on Canadian TV

Media | 09/07/2017 4:29 pm EDT

Netflix Inc. original series House of Cards will broadcast on Channel Zero Inc.’s CHCH this fall, the...

Rogers targets gamers with new e-sports content, peering deals

Media | 05/25/2017 4:58 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. has begun marketing itself as the Internet...

Broadband TV partners with Univision

Media | 10/18/2016 5:35 pm EDT

Canadian multi-platform network (MPN) BroadbandTV Corp. (BBTV) has signed a deal to manage the Hispanic content of Univision Communications Inc. The Vancouver-based media company will provide the management services for...

Phil King named SVP of distribution for Canada at Sony

Media | 05/03/2016 6:06 pm EDT

Sony Corp.’s Sony Pictures Television (SPT) said Monday it has named Phil King its new senior vice-president of distribution for Canada. “Based in Toronto, King will be responsible for managing and growing SPT’s distribution activity across Canada, leading all film, television and formats licensing...

What inroads will virtual reality make in TV, communications?

Media | 03/29/2016 9:37 pm EDT

This week is a long-awaited one for virtual reality enthusiasts, as Facebook Inc. starts to ship its Oculus Rift headset to people who pre-ordered their $599 US devices as far in advance as early...

DHX in global deal to produce show based on hit movie

Media | 10/05/2015 3:10 pm EDT

DHX Media Inc. announced Monday it has signed a deal with Turner Broadcasting System Inc. for the rights to the new TV show, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: The Series. It said in a press release that the show, which is based...

Sony unveils first 4K smartphone

Media | 09/02/2015 3:46 pm EDT

Sony Corp. announced Wednesday at IFA Berlin, one of the world’s largest consumer electronics trade shows in Europe, the release of the world’s first 4K smartphone. Sony said in a press release that the Xperia Z5 Premium’s 4K display has “four times the resolution of full HD,” and will allow users to watch any 4K content, including from Netflix Inc. and Google Inc.'s YouTube. “Smartphones are part of people’s lives,” Sony CEO Hiroki Totoki said in the release. “Since users already create, share and enjoy most of their content on the go, we’ve set out to bring Sony’s latest innovations in camera, design and display to ensure the Xperia Z5 series is the best possible lifestyle and entertainment platform." The Xperia Z5 series will launch globally in October,...

Sony launches video-streaming service in U.S.

Media | 03/18/2015 8:33 pm EDT

Sony Corp. said Wednesday it has launched a new online video-streaming service in New York, Philadelphia and Chicago. PlayStation Vue streams video from the Internet though PS3 or PS4 gaming consoles, Eric Lempel, vice-president...

Sony cutting 1,000 more smartphone jobs: report

telecom | 01/27/2015 9:29 pm EST

Sony Corp. is cutting 1,000 more jobs from its cellphone division, according to a report from the Nikkei Asian Review. These cuts are on top of a reduction of about 1,000 positions announced in October, which Sony said at the...

Shomi gets rights to original Amazon content

Media | 01/22/2015 8:50 pm EST

Canadian video streaming service Shomi said Thursday it has secured the Canadian rights to original content made for Amazon.com Inc.'s Prime streaming service in the U.S. Shomi, a joint venture of Rogers Communications Inc....

Sony to close Canadian stores

Media | 01/15/2015 8:07 pm EST

Electronics maker and retailer Sony Corp. is closing all of its Canadian stores. Robin Powell, a spokesman for Sony Canada, said in a phone interview that all 14 Sony outlets in Canada would shut down over the next six to eight...

Sony cloud TV service to carry Viacom channels

Media | 09/10/2014 8:03 pm EDT

Viacom Inc. and Sony Corp. said Wednesday they have reached a "landmark agreement" that sees at least 22 Viacom channels being carried on Sony's cloud-based TV service when it launches. The two companies said in a press release this will be the first time U.S. media giant Viacom has allowed its channels to be used on an Internet-based TV service. “Our new cloud-based TV service will combine the live TV content people love most about cable with the dynamic experience they have come to expect from our network,” Andrew House, Sony's group executive for network...

Ultra-HD TV ownership in U.S to hit 33% by 2020: report

Media | 05/16/2014 3:34 pm EDT

The ownership rate of ultra-high-definition televisions will hit 33 per cent in the United States by 2020, up from less than 10 per cent now, according to a report from Strategy Analytics. The...