– Bell Media and Shaw reach an agreement to bring CraveTV to Shaw customers across multiple platforms, including the FreeRange TV app –
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TORONTO and CALGARY, March 2, 2016 /CNW/ - Bell Media and Shaw Communications Inc. today announced the availability of CraveTV™ – the popular video-streaming service – to Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct customers in Western Canada.
The agreement greatly expands the distribution reach of CraveTV and enhances the value of television services available to Shaw customers, while giving Shaw's cable and satellite customers even more access to the content they love.
Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct customers can access CraveTV through Shaw's world-class FreeRange TV™ app or by downloading the CraveTV app, both available from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. CraveTV is also available to Shaw customers on a variety of platforms, including Apple TV, Chromecast, Microsoft Windows 8.1 through select Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-ray players, as well as online at CraveTV.ca.
"By bringing CraveTV together with shomi and live television on-the-go, we have made FreeRange TV the most compelling television viewing app available to Canadians with the most content available anywhere," says Jay Mehr, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. "We're in a world where customers are looking for the best opportunities to enjoy content and FreeRange TV with CraveTV and shomi delivers."
"Shaw subscribers will love CraveTV and its unmatched content mix," said Domenic Vivolo, President, Content Sales, Marketing, and Digital Products, Bell Media. "We're proud to further expand CraveTV's distribution and give TV lovers across Canada even more opportunities to access this great product."
CraveTV is available to Shaw customers beginning today for $6 a month. CraveTV is all about incredible content for TV lovers. Anchored by long-term partnerships with HBO and SHOWTIME®, a subscription to CraveTV comes with exclusive access to some of the most definitive television series of all time, delivering the largest collection of premium content in one place. CraveTV's offering includes more than 11,000 assets, more than 300 series, and nearly 500 specials and documentaries from every major Hollywood studio, housed in more than 20 curated collections.
CraveTV features must-watch HBO titles like THE SOPRANOS, ENTOURAGE, and SEX AND THE CITY, current SHOWTIME hits such as BILLIONS, the Golden Globe-winning THE AFFAIR, PENNY DREADFUL, and RAY DONOVAN, exclusive franchise series and genre-defining brands like SOUTH PARK, SEINFELD, and THE FLASH, and the first CraveTV Original, LETTERKENNY. More information can be found at shaw.ca/cravetv and CraveTV.ca.
FreeRange TV is a trade mark of Shaw.
Created for TV lovers and devoted to television, CraveTV is Canada's premium TV streaming service, providing the most robust lineup of superior television content in the country. From TV's most-acclaimed dramas and beloved comedies to documentaries, music, and factual programming, CraveTV features thousands of hours of premium non-kids TV programming, representing hundreds of unique titles including the entire off-air library of HBO's iconic programming catalogue and hundreds of hours of acclaimed SHOWTIME series and specials. CraveTV is available directly to all Canadians with access to the Internet, as well as to customers of Eastlink, TELUS Optik TV, Bell Fibe TV, Bell Satellite TV, Bell Aliant FibreOP TV, Shaw Cable, Shaw Direct, Access Communications, Northwestel, SaskTel, Cable Cable, Hay Communications, Mitchell Seaforth Cable TV, Tuckersmith Communications, Wightman Telecom subscribers, NRTC Communications, WTC Communications, Tbaytel, Execulink Telecom, and VMedia. Available through, mobile apps on iOS, Android, and Microsoft Windows 8.1, the web, Apple TV, Chromecast, and select Samsung Smart TVs, and CraveTV will soon be available via select game consoles. CraveTV is from Bell Media, Canada's premier multi-media company with more than a decade of leadership delivering Canada's most-watched and most-acclaimed television programming across the Pay, Specialty, Digital, and Network TV landscapes. For more on CraveTV, visit www.CraveTV.ca.
About Bell Media
With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada's #1 television network; 34 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada's most-watched specialty channels in English and French; and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada's largest radio broadcaster, with 106 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across Canada. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home, one of Canada's most dynamic and innovative out-of-home advertising companies with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with premium subscription on-demand streaming service CraveTV, as well as its innovative GO video streaming services including CTV GO, Discovery GO, TMN GO, and TSN GO; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; holds an equity stake in digital startup Hubub; is partners in Cirque du Soleil Media, a joint venture with Cirque du Soleil; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.
About Shaw Communications
Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company, serving 3.2 million customers through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw serves consumers with broadband Internet, WiFi, Digital Phone and Video products and services. Shaw Business Network Services provides business customers Internet, data, WiFi, telephony, Video and fleet tracking services. Shaw Business Infrastructure Services offers North American enterprises colocation, cloud and managed services through ViaWest. Shaw Media provides Canadians with engaging programming content through one of Canada's largest conventional television networks, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY® and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX – SJR.B, NYSE – SJR). For more information, please visit www.shaw.ca.
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For further information: For media inquiries, please contact: Shaw Communications Inc.: Chethan Lakshman, VP, External Affairs, (403) 930-8448, firstname.lastname@example.org; CraveTV: Scott Campbell, Manager, Pay and CraveTV, (416) 384-4235, email@example.com