Shomi to launch across Canada this summer

Streaming video platform will open the service to all Internet users

TORONTO — Shomi will soon be available for all TV binge watchers across the country.

The streaming video platform from Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B), which owns Maclean’s, and Shaw Communications (TSX:SJR.B) says it’s opening the service to all Internet users, regardless of which TV provider they use.

The move comes after Shomi launched last November as an exclusive service offered to Rogers and Shaw cable TV and Internet customers.

Starting this summer, Shomi will be made available to cable and non-cable customers alike for $8.99.

The service can be streamed on tablet, mobile, online, and to televisions via Xbox 360, Apple TV and Chromecast. Rogers and Shaw TV subscribers can access content through their set-top boxes.

Shomi’s Canadian exclusives include the buzzy series “Transparent,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” and “Catastrophe” as well as past seasons of “Modern Family,” “The Americans” and “Sons of Anarchy.”

Netflix has been the dominant subscription video service in Canada since it launched here five years ago. Last fall, Shomi entered the market alongside CraveTV, a similar service operated by Bell Media (TSX:BCE) that’s available only to Bell customers and its various telecom partners.

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