Posts Tagged ‘ Superchannel ’

CRTC reveals 2017 TV channel financial data

The CRTC released their financial report for Canadian broadcasting in 2017. Tracked between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017, total broadcasting revenue dropped 3.3% year-over-year. The total number of TV (cable/IPTV/satelite) subscribers in the country declined 1.9% from the year before.

Do note that the CRTC has changed the way they’ve distributed information on individual channels. Rather than separate pages for each service hosted on their website, they’ve instead dumped all of it in a large PDF file on Open Canada. View the blog’s coverage on last year’s results here. Continue reading


CRTC reveals 2016 TV channel financial data

Warning: This is a long one.

It took a little longer than usual, but the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has revealed the individual TV channel financial data for the broadcast year starting September 1, 2015, and ending August 31, 2016. I’ll be highlighting figures from channels that are somewhat relevant to this blog, so feel free to dig through your favourite (or least favourite) TV channel’s data. How many of them operate with 0 full-time staff? The answer is too many. Continue reading

Funimation holding Canadian survey to find out online, and TV habits ends Sunday

Funimation Entertainment, the leading distributor of anime in North America, is conducting an online survey targeted exclusively at the Canadian market. This is rare, as I don’t believe outside of the occasional convention visit that Canadian anime fans have been singled out for a response.

This survey asks about collecting, shopping, and viewing habits. The most interesting question, in my opinion is #14 “What Canadian TV channels should carry Anime? Why?”. I found this to be a great opportunity to voice my displeasure over the recent broadcast news regarding Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood in Canada. I suggest all of my readers to voice their opinion on this survey. The survey will close on Sunday August 14, 2011.

No, I didn’t ask for the Funimation Channel to be available to Canadians, because I suspect that would do us no better than Superchannel.

Thanks goes to Sitting on an Atomic Bomb writer, Jesse Betteridge, for pointing this out in our Facebook group!

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood picked up by Superchannel, premieres August 15

Shocking, insane, unexpected – those are the words I describe this revelation. Niche premium channel group Superchannel has picked up the broadcast rights to Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, the 2009 re-adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa’s manga series simply known as “Fullmetal Alchemist”. The 64 episode anime series will begin broadcast on Superchannel 2 (and its HD counterpart) at 10PM EST. The original 2003-2004 anime series aired on YTV in Bionix, and became a relatively large hit, allowing for its movie, The Conqueror of Shamballa to makes it North American television debut on the network.

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

Say it ain't so Edward!

As I mentioned at the top, this is unexpected – almost as unexpected as when YTV picked up the original FMA series in 2005, ending a 5 year programming drought from Funimation. Superchannel is a niche premium group, that honestly, is probably not received by any large segment of the Canadian population. I don’t get it, and I only know of 1 person who does. The rates to subscribe to this group of channels are also quite high. So it’s telling that Funimation went to this length to get the series on TV here. I guess they felt this broadcast was better than no broadcast. Which I suppose will foreshadow a certain broadcaster’s fall upfronts quite nicely…

I say it’s unexpected, by which I mean being such a niche venue, Superchannel won’t be bringing Brotherhood to the full audience it deserves. The channel has aired anime in the past, with Requiem For the Darkness, Gurren Laggan, and Monster being the highlights. But those are largely due to their programming deal with Starz Media, who ran the (now defunct) Ani-Monday television block on Syfy in the United States. I never expected them to go out of their way, and air an anime series they weren’t getting via a partnership, and as Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood aired on [adult swim] in the United States, it isn’t something they got from Starz. They got it from Funimation.

I was told that Superchannel were looking at more anime series, but shrugged it off, as joked that they were finally going to air Rave Master, but it seems they have bigger series in store, and according to an email received by forum user Kefka_Palazzo, there’s more in store for December.