Shomi streaming service to be available across Canada

Shomi streaming service launching across Canada

Shomi will be open to cable and non-cable customers alike for $8.99


Shomi president, Barbara Williams and Rogers president Keith Pelley unveil Shomi in 2014. (Getty Images / George Pimentel)

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

The streaming video platform from Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) 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.