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Canada’s Bell Media, Corus Entertainment sign deal with HBO

MUMBAI: Bell Media and Corus Entertainment have announced a multi-year, multi-platform deal with HBO that will see HBO Canada exclusively deliver the entire past-season library of every HBO scripted series currently on air for years to come.

The deal immediately strengthens HBO Canada’s consumer offering, and will roll out in full force this year. HBO Canada is a multiplex channel of Bell Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).

For the first time ever, every episode of every season of all current HBO scripted programming will be available on HBO Canada linear and non-linear platforms.

All past seasons of programmes currently on television, including ‘Game Of Thrones’, ‘Girls’, ‘Boardwalk Empire’, and ‘True Detective’, will immediately become available to subscribers of The Movie Network and Movie Central at no additional charge. The deal includes the rights to more than 700 episodes from past seasons of current programmes, in addition to the 300+ episodes of HBO series that are already available.

HBO president, programming sales Charles Schreger said, “We are proud of the array of quality programming produced by HBO and it is wonderful to see Bell Media and Corus Entertainment have such appreciation for this catalogue. It is great to have this robust library made available to subscribers of HBO Canada, further enriching the offering.”

Bell Media president Kevin Crull said, “With this deal, our premium subscribers will be able to enjoy all of their favourite HBO programs, significantly increasing the value of a subscription to The Movie Network. Now we can offer even more of what our subscribers want, which is all of HBO’s incredible programming across multiple platforms, including the industry-leading TMN GO.”

Corus Entertainment president, CEO John Cassaday said, “This deal reinforces our commitment to providing our customers with a great value proposition. Securing prior seasons of HBO’s hit programs enables our subscribers to view past episodes of current series that they might not have seen from the very first season and positions HBO Canada as the place to see the most talked about series from start to finish.”

Subscribers will now be able to catch-up on past seasons via on-demand and video-streaming services in time for the broadcast premieres of the latest seasons on HBO Canada. In Eastern Canada, episodes will be available on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand. In Western Canada, episodes will be available on the go with Shaw Go Movie Central app, Bell TV app, Telus Optik on the go, and HBO Canada On Demand. Subscribers can look forward to the expanded offering in time for new seasons of HBO series ‘The Comback’, ‘Getting On’ and ‘The Newsroom’ premiering later this year.

The Movie Network and Movie Central currently carry all of HBO’s programming on HBO Canada, including ‘Veep’, ‘True Detective’ and ‘The Normal Heart’.