TORONTO, Oct. 31, 2014 /CNW/ - Canada's premier subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service, shomi™', doesn't faff around when it comes to great programming, announcing another impressive content deal that brings exclusive content from BBC Worldwide North America to its audience. Continuing to deliver on its promise to bring the best in popcorn and magic, shomi adds some of the most binge-worthy content from across the pond to its roster.
A Young Doctor's Notebook & Other Stories, from BBC Comedy starring Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe, is making its Canadian premiere exclusively on shomi. The dark comedy, adapted from the autobiographical works of Russian author and playwright Mikhail Bulgakov has already captivated audiences across the U.S. and UK. The series tells the story of a doctor looking back on his time practicing in a small village hospital and struggling with his progression to addiction. Also exclusively in Canada on shomi, the highly-charged Way to Go, from BBC Comedy and U.S. comedy writer Bob Kushell – a hilarious series about three ordinary guys who find themselves forced by an extraordinary set of circumstances into setting up an assisted-suicide business.
In addition, this content deal makes shomi the exclusive Canadian SVOD home to BBC Worldwide's series:
- Moone Boy, the Irish sitcom created, co-written and co-starring Chris O'Dowd
- Spy thriller The Honourable Woman, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal
- Investigative drama, Jane Campion's Top of the Lake starring Elizabeth Moss and Holly Hunter
- Comedy series The Wrong Mans from actor/writer duo Mathew Baynton and James Corden,
Also available through the deal are all the previous seasons of the hit franchises A Bit of Fry & Laurie, Doctor Who, and Top Gear.
"Our deal with shomi is an exceptional way to expand the reach of our great content across the Canadian market and we are thrilled to be a part of the launch of their new service, " said Michael L Smith, BBC Worldwide.
"Finally Canadians get to see the treasures from BBC Worldwide. They are some of the best comedies and dramas out of the UK, and Canadians will now get to enjoy them on shomi." said Marni Shulman, Head of Content & Programming, shomi.
A series of content announcements from shomi have already been announced, with more to come.
shomi will be available starting in November to Rogers and Shaw Internet or TV customers at a suggested retail price of $8.99 per month. With an all-star lineup of exclusive past-seasons of many of the hottest shows on television as well as movie favourites, Canadians will be able to enjoy shomi online and on select tablets, mobile devices, and set top boxes.
shomi will launch in beta first to Rogers and Shaw Internet or TV customers. Enhanced features include trailers and factoids for movie titles to help customers make their selections, while an exceptional user interface delivers a unique theatrical experience. With the ability to add up to six profiles per account, shomi offers a great solution for the connected home, as customers can watch on two devices and their set top boxes at the same time.
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shomi is a brand new kind of subscription video streaming service curated by people who love popcorn and magic. shomi makes getting video entertainment nearly as enjoyable as watching it. Combining the passion and knowledge of our entertainment experts with the power of technology, shomi offers recommendations and collections that help our members always find something good to watch. We are made in Canada. shomi is a joint venture owned equally by Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications. Want more information? Visit www.shomi.com.
About BBC Worldwide North America:
BBC Worldwide North America is part of BBC Worldwide, the main commercial arm and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). In the U.S. and Canada the company operates cable channels, BBC Worldwide Productions, BBC Consumer Products, BBC.com and BBC Worldwide Sales & Co-productions. Under these businesses fall two key brands in the U.S. – digital cable channel BBC AMERICA with programs Doctor Who, Top Gear and Orphan Black, as well as smash hit Dancing with the Stars made by BBC Worldwide Productions.
For further information: Media Contact: Alison Salinas for shomi - cell: 416-648-8844, [email protected]