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Rogers & Shaw launching new subscription on-demand video service Tuesday

Breakfast Television | posted Tuesday, Nov 4th, 2014


Rogers Communications Inc. and Shaw Communications Inc. have partnered to launch a new streaming-video service, set to debut on Tuesday.

The subscription on-demand service — called shomi — will offer prior seasons of the most popular shows on TV and will be available on select tablets and mobile devices, online, and on set top boxes. shomi will also be coming soon to Xbox 360 and Chromecast.

“shomi will have more than 12,000 hours of content in the first year, combining binge-worthy TV series and Hollywood hits with an unbelievable user experience that we know our customers will love,” said David Purdy, SVP, Product Management Video & Content, Rogers.

As part of its launch, shomi has secured exclusive past-season streaming rights to titles such as Modern Family, New Girl, 2 Broke Girls, American Horror Story and Sons of Anarchy.

The service will feature 14,000 episodes and titles and more than 1,000 movies and will be available on Tuesday in beta first to Rogers and Shaw Internet or cable customers.

Eligible Rogers customers can sign up and begin a 30-day free trial, after which customers can enjoy shomi for only $8.99 per month.

In addition, shomi will be automatically included for Rogers Hybrid Fibre 50 and 60 or Extreme Internet customers and above until March 31, 2015.

shomi will also show premieres of shows such as A Young Doctor’s Notebook & Other Stories and iZombie, with premium content continually added to the service on an ongoing basis.

Rogers Communications is the parent company of this organization.

Week of Nov. 3, 2014

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Nov 2nd, 2014


Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

Mairlyn Smith is in Monday to show us how to cook pasta the right way!

On Tuesday, Gail Vaz-Oxlade talks using your common ‘cents.’

And later in the week, Hockey legend Theo Fleury stops by.

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!

Hockey Night in Canada Cheat Sheet: Nov. 1

Jeff Simmons | posted Saturday, Nov 1st, 2014


Get ready for another busy Saturday night of hockey. Rogers has six different games airing across the country, including four Canadian teams.

There’s a classic Original Six matchup, a battle of two Atlantic Division foes, and two Canadian teams facing off in the West.

In the Cheat Sheet each week, we’ll provide everything you need to know for Hockey Night in Canada:

Note: All games below are listed in Eastern time.

THE 7:00 P.M. GAMES:

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy
Game notes: Chicago has won eight of their last nine games against the Maple Leafs…James van Riemsdyk’s brother Trevor is expected to play for the Blackhawks, marking the Leafs’ first matchup with brothers since March 29, 2012 (Luke & Brayden Schenn).

Ottawa Senators vs. Boston Bruins 
Channel: City
Broadcast crew: Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson, Arash Madani
Game notes: Bruins are 15-4-0 in their last 19 games against the Senators…Boston’s Patrice Bergeron has 42 points in 51 career games against Ottawa….Bruins forward Simon Gagne is two shy of his 600th career NHL point.

Winnipeg Jets vs. New York Rangers 
Channel: Sportsnet
Broadcast crew: Bob Cole, Greg Millen, Christine Simpson
Game notes: The Jets rank last in the Western Conference with an average of just two goals per game…Both Winnipeg and the Rangers rank in the bottom five in power play percentage.

Also on Rogers: Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (FX)
Buffalo Sabres vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (Sportsnet ONE)

THE 10:00 P.M. GAME:

Vancouver Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers 
Channel: CBC
Broadcast crew: Dave Randorf, Garry Galley
Game notes: Edmonton is 0-5-1 against Western Conference opponents this season…Canucks are 5-2-0 in their last seven games against the Oilers…Canucks forward Henrik Sedin is three goals away from 200 for his career.

5 things to do this weekend: Pumpkins, parties, and an independent publishing fair

Sarah-Joyce Battersby | posted Saturday, Nov 1st, 2014


Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2014

Church Street Halloween Festival Church Street shuts down from Gloucester to Alexander streets in order to do Halloween right. Wellesley Steet East will also be closed at Church to allow costumed revelers to crawl and creep. Church and Wellesley. Friday, 6:30 p.m. to Saturday, 3 a.m. Free. churchwellesleyvillage.ca

Sorauren Pumpkin Parade For the 10th year in a row, jack-o-lanterns gather in Sorauren Park for one last glorious, glowing evening. Over 2,000 pumpkins are expected to line the park in the sunset ceremony that has inspired spin-offs across town and as far as New York City. City parks staff have agreed to collect the pumpkins for composting. Sorauren Park, 289 Sorauren Ave. Saturday, Sundown (around 6 p.m.). Free.soraurenpark.wordpress.com

Canzine: Festival of Zines and Underground Culture Writers and readers of independent art can browse the 200 tables of zines, comics, small press books and more. And budding scribes can compete for glory and a prize pack in the book pitch contest. 918 Bathurst Centre, 918 Bathurst St. Saturday, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. $5 (includes a copy of Broken Pencil magazine). facebook.com

The Luxury Chocolate Show For grown-ups who are sad to be missing the trick-or-treat fun on Friday, there’s always the Luxury Chocolate Show. Chocolate fans can buy, make, and, of course, eat chocolate while taking in chocolate sculptures and classes in chocolate and wine pairings. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. $25, $15 for children 5 to 13, free for children under four. torontochocolateshow.com

Toronto Downtown Record Show Hunting for a vintage Patsy Cline or Roy Orbison? Whatever your vinyl taste visit the record sellers at the bi-annual record show. Toronto Estonian House, 958 Broadview Ave. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. facebook.com

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