Rogers Says shomi to Publicly Launch in Summer, No Cable Subscription Required

Rogers has announced its streaming service shomi will exit its beta stage and offer “its unbeatable catalogue of TV, movies, and family programming to all Canadians this summer,” with new subscribers getting the first month free. This means shomi will become available without a cable subscription.

Currently, only Rogers and Shaw subscribers subscribed to Internet or TV subscriptions have access to shomi, which is available on the company’s set top boxes, iOS, Android, the web, Xbox 360, Chromecast, and recently added Apple TV.

Consumer groups such as the The Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) recently re-filed their CRTC complaint against shomi, citing how the requirement of a cable subscription to access the service was an “unduly preferential offering.”

With the CRTC potentially involved, Rogers may be launching shomi before any regulations are put forth forcing it to detach cable subscriptions to the streaming service.

Shomi launched last November and costs $8.99 per month, with exclusives such as The Americans, Sons of Anarchy, Transparent and Jane the Virgin, offerings Rogers proudly states “the other guys don’t have.”

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  • I wonder if the cost will remain the same or if it will be a higher subscription if you are not a current customer of Rogers or Shaw.

  • CanucksGoals

    I am actually surprise that Rogers opens Shomi to non Rogers cable customers. Wouldn’t that be conflicting with its cable business?

  • Biggy604

    Sons of Anarchy was on Netflix, unless it moved as a Shomi exclusive content.