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Bell undercuts Netflix with CraveTV

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Canadian telco and TV firm Bell is undercutting Netflix with its C$4 (US$3.52) a month OTT service, CraveTV.

The service, previously known as ‘Project Latte’ (because, Bell says, the monthly fee is the same price as a latte), will roll out next Thursday (December 11) and cost half as much as its major rivals, Netflix and Shomi.

Bell said Crave will complement traditional TV “as an additive service featuring exclusive, premium programming, all at an affordable price”.

It added that it is already looking at some early stage projects that it might produce as originals for the service. Phil King, president of sports, and entertainment programming at Bell-owned CTV will oversee the independent production strategy for the new OTT service.

CraveTV enters a competitive Canadian online TV market. Netflix, which costs C$7.99 a month for existing subs and C$8.99 for new customers, is the longest-standing OTT player with an estimated 3.5 million subs.

Cable and TV companies Shaw and Rogers run the Shomi service, which costs US$8.99 a month. It launched in November, and no subscriber numbers have yet been broken out.

Bell has been aggressively acquiring for Crave, buying Hollywood film and TV series, UK drama as well as comedy and factual programming. It has some exclusive rights and will launch shows such as Lionsgate’s Manhattan, Hulu’s Deadbeat and Red Arrow’s Bosch as ‘originals’.

“Right out of the gate, CraveTV delivers an incredible offering of some of TV’s most-watched and most-loved shows, with more to come,” said Mike Cosentino, senior VP, programming, Bell Media. “New content will be added every week on #iCraveFridays.”

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Patrick Lopez's curator insight, December 4, 2014 7:57 AM

Those me-too offering from Shomi (Rogers, Shaw) and CraveTV (Bell) seem top forget an essential element of Netflix success: original programming. Without it, this is just another SVOD service for back-catalogue and TV series you can already get with your regular subscription. Not very entertaining.

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ESPN+ to launch next week priced at US$4.99 per-month –

ESPN+ to launch next week priced at US$4.99 per-month – | TV, VOD and more | Scoop.it
ESPN’s new direct-to-consumer offering, ESPN+, is due to launch in the US on April 12, priced at US$4.99 per-month. The subscription streaming service will be integrated into a redesigned version of the ESPN App and will also be available online at ESPN.com.
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EXCLUSIVE: Rakuten to launch SVOD across international markets, invest in movies –

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Rakuten TV, the transactional video-on-demand service provider that currently operates in 12 international territories, is planning to launch a version of the subscription video-on-demand service it currently provides only in Spain in other markets before the end of this year.
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Forensic watermarking attributed with halving losses from online video piracy

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Research from YouGov and CDN technology provider Edgeware has found that anti-piracy measures could save billions as 39% of consumers admit they are likely t
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US pay-TV revenues to fall by $27BN over next five years

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A huge decline is predicted by Digital TV Research for the US pay-TV market, for which it says revenues peaked in 2015, at $101.71 billion and will drop t
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Discovery completes Scripps deal, targets OTT opportunities

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Discovery has completed its US$14.6 billion takeover of US cable rival Scripps Networks Interactive, and is now looking to use its new scale to tap into OTT opportunities.
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Facebook inks first major sports exclusive with MLB

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Social media giant Facebook has reached a deal with Major League Baseball, said to be worth $30 million to $35 million, for the exclusive rights to stream 2
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Sky to bundle Netflix

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In what will make the European pay-TV provider even more attractive to potential purchasers, Sky has unveiled a partnership with Netflix to bundle the leadin
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TV consumers show growing desire for aggregation

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In what may be an indication of the tyranny of choice, a study from Hub Entertainment Research has revealed increasing consumer frustration with the rapi
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UAE tops the world in fibre optic connections

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The FTTH Council puts the UAE ahead of its peers such as Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong
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Saudi Arabia to invest US$64BN in entertainment

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Saudi Arabia is to invest US$64 billion in its entertainment sector over the next ten years, as part of a programme of reforms backed by Crown Prince Mohamme
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Kwese's stake in Iflix Africa to counter Netflix, Showmax

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The operating partnership will see Iflix drive Kwese’s go-to-market mobile delivery in each of its territories.
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Canal+ launches in Myanmar

Canal+ has officially launched its service in Myanmar, in partnership with local media player Forever. The new service offers close to 80 channels covering a range of genres, including eight Canal+-branded channels developed specifically for the local market. The offering comprises two packages.
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Hollywood majors score first anti-piracy win in Spain

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Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have been ordered to block access to two pirate websites following demands from major US films studios. The Barcelona numbe
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Netflix reportedly in talks to acquire Luc Besson studio –

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Netflix is in advanced talks to acquire Luc Besson’s studio EuropaCorp, according to a report in financial daily Les Echos. According to the paper, citing an unnamed source, a deal could be announced in a few weeks.
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IHS: OTT Video Services Added Three Times More Subs than Pay TV

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OTT subscription video services around the world added more than three times the number of subscriptions than pay TV did last year, according to IHS Markit.
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Spanish police, Europol bust international pirate network

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Six people have been arrested in Spain for a crime ring suspected of internationally distributing pirate pay-TV channels. Following an operation carried out i
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Viewers need up to four OTT services to meet content needs

When it comes to OTT, a subscription to just one service doesn't cut it as a replacement for pay-TV: According to Hub Entertainment Research, most consumers i
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It’s official – Europe’s cable giants want to be multi-SVOD aggregators

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Formula 1 gives green flag for live Grand Prix subscription service | OTT 

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With the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season just about to rev up, and marking its biggest investment in its digital transformation to date, Formula
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MENA digital media to grow 110% by 2020

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Majid Al Suwaidi, MD of Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City, Dubai Production City has stated that the new media market is expected to grow from $1.7 billion to $3.6 billion in the MENA region.
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Netflix expects 700 originals by year-end –

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Pay streaming giant Netflix expects its US$8 billion content investment in 2018 to result in 700 originals on the service by year-end. Netflix CFO David Wells told delegates at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference that 80 of those would be produced outside the US.
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Behind DAZN: New Netflix of sport changing how to watch

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The world is changing but the way you watch football has stayed the same. Scheduled programming has been replaced by Netflix and Amazon Prime. Podcasts have taken the place of radio.
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Netflix of Islam' seeks investment to expand reach to Asia

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As it targets a Southeast Asia launch, East London video-on-demand service Alchemiya Media has launched a £1 million investment round based on UK based equit
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Spanish police conduct major anti-piracy operation

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Spain's paramilitary police, The Guardia Civil, has blocked 23 websites that were distributing pirated series and films. According to the law enforcemen
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Netflix content to air on upcoming OSN Box

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OSN customers will have access to Netflix’s content library including 'Bright', starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, via a new OSN Box to be launched later in 2018.
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