Bell Media to launch Canadian rival to Netflix

Bell Media has announced plans to launch a new Canadian competitor to Netflix and other US-based online TV and movie streaming services.

The service would be made available on any device and would feature the best of Canadian and international movies from Astral’s HBO Canada and The Movie Network, as well as other content from Bell.

“(It’s) a made-in-Canada service — available in English and French everywhere we have rights — to all Canadians through the cable, satellite or IPTV provider of their choice,” said Bell CEO George Cope.

“The Canadian system needs companies with the scale to compete against foreign content companies like Netflix, Apple, Google and Amazon.

“With scale, Canadian companies can make the investments in Canadian content and technology required to go head-to-head with these well-financed global competitors.”

Bell are yet to give any more details as to when the service would launch or what it will cost.


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