Posts Tagged ‘ Rogers ’

Canadian cable isn’t Viceland

Confirming an earlier report from The Globe and Mail, Rogers Media and Vice Canada have jointly announced the termination of their partnership. The Canadian Viceland cable channel will cease broadcasting on March 31, 2018. Vice Canada has also assumed complete ownership of the duo’s Toronto production studio and the 130+ hours of content produced for the channel. According to The Globe, Vice Canada employs roughly 200 people. Job losses are expected as a result of this announcement.

Spearheaded by former Rogers CEO Guy Laurence, the partnership with Vice dates back to 2014 as the two set out to collaborate on a $100 million joint venture to create Canadian content, with the eventual goal of launching a TV channel. In late 2015, that channel was revealed to be a part of the international Viceland format. A rebrand of The Biography Channel, the Canadian Viceland launched alongside its US counterpart on February 29, 2016.  Continue reading

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Odds & Ends: go90 streams Transformers internationally; Your Name. hits home video charts; Viceland Canada in doubt

Transformers: Combiner Wars is a 2016 Machinima produced web series animated by Tatsunoko Productions in Japan. It’s also widely considered to be one of the worst pieces of animated Transformers fiction ever created. In the United States, the series was initially streamed exclusively through go90, a Verizon owned ad-supported streaming platform that only operates in the country. Internationally, Machinima temporarily made it available on their YouTube channel. Hasbro has since uploaded it to their YouTube channel.

Combiner Wars is just part one of what’s being described as the Transformers: Prime Wars Trilogy. The second season, Titans Return, launched on go90 last month. Just go90. Globally. But don’t go to go90.com, because you’ll just get a message saying the service isn’t available outside the US. Continue reading

G4 is finally no more in Canada [Updated 8/14/2017]

Shaw and Rogers Cable have confirmed what many have been expecting for years: the death of G4 Canada. The Rogers Media run Canadian version of the US low end Spike clone (née video game) channel will shutdown on September 1, 2017 – nearly three years after the US feed did on December 31, 2014. No reason has been officially shared, but given it’s hard to believe anyone was watching this lineup, you can come to an easy conclusion.

Originally launched as TechTV on September 7, 2001, the co-venture between Rogers Media, Shaw Communications and TechTV US was supposed to be exclusively devoted to programming related to computing, technology and the internet; yet saw a channel history that mostly followed what happened to the US feed. In 2004, when the US feed merged with G4, the Canadian one became G4TechTV. When the US feed started drifting away from its initial mission statement, so did the Canadian one – well, largely. Continue reading

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