Bell has announced this afternoon its CraveTV streaming service will be available “to all Canadians with access to the Internet,” starting January 1, 2016.
“As our business model has continued to evolve, the time is right to also offer CraveTV as a standalone product,” said Mary Ann Turcke, President, Bell Media. “We are pleased to provide TV lovers across Canada with full access to the thousands of hours of premium television programming available on CraveTV.”
CraveTV is available to Bell, Eastlink, and Telus cable TV subscribers, the web, Apple TV, Chromecast, Windows 8, with game consoles and smart TVs to follow soon.
Bell says CraveTV has 25,000 episodes from nearly 1300 titles as part of its library, which includes numerous HBO shows, films and documentaries. Currently, CraveTV costs $4 per month, but requires a cable TV subscription.
Rogers and Shaw’s shomi will launch publicly this summer to the Canadian public. No pricing has been released yet but expect it to rival Netflix’s monthly subscription price.
As for Bell announcing CraveTV to hit the Canadian public on January 1, 2016, that’s almost half a year away.
Back in March, the CRTC made a decision to force Bell and Rogers to offer CraveTV and shomi to all Canadians.