Monday, October 22, 2012

The Movie Network OnDemand Now Available on Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct

Astral's The Movie Network announced today that programming from The Movie Network, HBO Canada and The Movie Network Encore is now available as part of the Shaw Exo On Demand and Shaw Direct On Demand services. The content offering will be available to Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct subscribers of Astral's premium pay-television services in eastern Canada at no extra charge.

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Late-Night Hollywood TV Wrap: PRIVATE PRACTICE Done After This Season, ABC Dramas and FOX Comedy Get Additional Episodes, & More!

Kate Walsh from Private Pratice

Rogers Media Completes Next Step in the Acquisition of Score Media

Rogers Media Inc. today announced it has closed the previously announced acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Score Media Inc. (the Transaction). The Transaction received shareholder and court approvals earlier this week.

Shaw Media Green-lights Season Two of COPPER

Tom Weston Jones
Shaw Media, BBC America and Cineflix Studios have renewed the breakout hit series Copper, for a second season with an increased order of 13 episodes. Canadians can watch the season one finale on November 4 on Showcase.

Global Announces Increased Wednesday Night Ratings

Survivor Philippines Cast
Global’s new drama Chicago Fire is already lighting up Wednesday nights this fall. The series was the second most-watched show of the night drawing in 1.2 million viewers, following the network’s own, Survivor: Philippines. Survivor solidly increased its viewership over last week by 10%, dominating the night with over 2.5 million Canadians tuning in (2+, Nat).

CBC Announces Other Executive Appointments for Olympic Coverage

CBC is boosting its in-house sports portfolio with new senior executives hires and placements specifically charged to oversee Olympic-related media coverage and business activities.

The Late-Night Hollywood TV Wrap: NBC Cancels ANIMAL PRACTICE, Andy Samberg to Star in FOX Comedy, & More!

Justin Kirk on the now cancelled
Animal Practice.

Astral and CAJ Comments on CRTC Decision

After today's denial of the Bell and Astral merger by the CRTC, Astral and the CAJ made comments on the deal. CAJ came out and stated what they think, but Astral didn't do much of that, instead they stated what they know so far. More after the jump.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Bell Wants the Federal Government to Overturn CRTC's Astral Decision

Bell Media sent out a release Thursday evening saying it was shocked by the CRTC's decision to deny the company's purchase of Astral Media, and is asking the Federal Cabinet to intervene.

CRTC Denies Bell's Bid to Acquire Astral

Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) president and CEO George 
Cope (left) and Ian Greenberg, president and chief executive 
officer of Astral Media Inc., speak at a news conference in 
Montreal in March.

Today, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) denied BCE’s application to acquire control of Astral Media’s television and radio services because it is not in the public interest. Astral Media operates 84 radio stations and 20 pay and specialty television channels in both official languages.