Laid Off Shomi Employees Create Website to Find New Jobs

What looked like a great business opportunity for Rogers and Shaw, and a secure income for more than 100 employees working on the project, has ended badly after two short years: At the end of November, Rogers will pull the plug on its movie streaming service.

This also means that employees working on this failed project will be out of the job. So, now that the news is out, they have decided to do something about it. MobileSyrup has spotted a website set up by a group of “shomies” offering the services of the Shomi team.

The website,, organized the available “shomies” by departments such as admin, content, data and insights, Q&A and more.


Rogers’ announcement from this week came as a surprise to many when the carrier said it is set to lose up to $140 million in the third quarter of this year due to shomi and its ongoing investments and future liabilities; hence it will stop pouring money into the streaming service.

Shomi was launched in the fall of 2014, and last spring an Apple TV app also went live but apparently couldn’t compete with the services already available in the market: Netflix and Bell’s Crave TV.

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  • MleB1

    I got a note from Rogers about ending the service (albeit a ‘free’ product bundled onto my wireless plan) 2 days after it had been widely reported on online. No real surprise there. Feel sorry for the staff, but it was never a well-thought out service – especially when the caps Rogers applies to its wireless / internet service are so low at premium prices. Who wants to burn thru there allotted cap watching repeats of old TV series?