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TORONTO(September 4, 2014)–Bell Media and Corus Entertainment announced today a landmark multi-year,multi-platform deal with HBO that will see HBO Canada exclusively deliver theentire past-season library of every HBO scripted series currently on air foryears to come. The deal immediately strengthens HBO Canada’s consumer offering,and will roll out in full force this fall. HBO Canada is amultiplex channel of Bell Media’s The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and CorusEntertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).
Forthe first time ever, every episode of every season of all current HBO scriptedprogramming will be available on HBO Canada linear and non-linear platforms.All past seasons of some of the most acclaimed programs currently ontelevision, including GAME OF THRONES,GIRLS, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, and TRUEDETECTIVE, will immediately become available to subscribers of TheMovie Network and Movie Central at no additional charge.The deal includes the rights to more than 700episodes from past seasons of current programs, in addition to the 300+ episodesof HBO series that are already available.
“We are proud ofthe array of quality programming produced by HBO and it is wonderful to seeBell Media and Corus Entertainment have such appreciation for this catalogue,” said CharlesSchreger, President, Programming Sales, HBO. “It is great to have thisrobust library made available to subscribers of HBO Canada, further enrichingthe offering.”
“With this deal, our premium subscribers will beable to enjoy all of their favourite HBO programs, significantly increasing thevalue of a subscription to The Movie Network,” said Kevin Crull, President, BellMedia. “Now we can offer even more of what our subscribers want, which is all ofHBO’s incredible programming across multiple platforms, including theindustry-leading TMN GO.”
“This deal reinforces our commitment to providingour customers with a great value proposition,” said John Cassaday, President andChief Executive Officer, Corus Entertainment. “Securing prior seasons of HBO’shit programs enables our subscribers to view past episodes of current seriesthat they might not have seen from the very first season and positions HBOCanada as the place to see the most talked about series from start tofinish.”
Subscribers will now be able to catch-up on pastseasons via on-demand and video-streaming services in time for the broadcastpremieres of the latest seasons on HBO Canada. In Eastern Canada, episodes will be availableon TMNGOandHBO Canada OnDemand. In Western Canada, episodes will be available on the gowith ShawGo Movie Central app, BellTV app, Telus Optik on thego, and HBO Canada On Demand. Subscriberscan look forward to the expanded offering in time for new seasons of HBO seriesTHECOMEBACK,GETTING ON, and THE NEWSROOM premiering laterthis fall.
The Movie Networkand Movie Central currently carry all of HBO’s hit programming on HBO Canada,including recent Emmy® winners VEEP, TRUE DETECTIVE, and THE NORMAL HEART.Coming this Fall, HBO Canada will present new seasons of hit series and excitingnew shows, including: BOARDWALKEMPIRE,REAL TIME WITH BILLMAHER,BEYONCÉ JAY Z ON THERUN,THECOMEBACK,GETTING ON, and THENEWSROOM.
HBOCanada brings Canadians HBO’s current slate of signature dramatic and comedicprograms, together with new and never-before-seen programming including comedyseries, live specials, sporting events, behind-the-scenes content and titlesfrom HBO’s extensive library – all in an uncut and commercial-free environment.HBO Canada is offered in high definition on HBO Canada HD and programming isaccessible on TMN GO, on demand and online where available by service provider.For more information, please visit www.hbocanada.com. In EasternCanada, HBO Canada is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’slargest communications company. In Western Canada, HBO Canada is offered byCorus Entertainment’s Movie Central (Western Canada).
About Movie Central
Movie Central is owned by Corus EntertainmentInc. (CJR.B), a Canadian-based media and entertainment company.Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additionalassets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishingand children’s animation. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
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For TheMovie Network (Eastern Canada):
Scott Campbell, 416.384.4235 firstname.lastname@example.org
For MovieCentral (Western Canada):
Sally Tindal,416.479.6107 or email@example.com