It’s like Netflix, but less good

No cable. Gets Netflix.

No cable. Gets Netflix.

Canadian broadcasters Shaw and Rogers have teamed up to launch their version of Netflix. It’s like Netflix, but with less stuff and some of the same stuff found in Netflix and online in other places. Also, the name is “shomi” which I am already going to nickname Sham-wow.

Bell is also supposed to launch some kind of online streaming service in the future. Also to compete with Netflix. It’s the perfect plan.

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Welcome back, TV eh?

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You know, we were going to write a blog post about TV, eh? last year. We were big fans of their podcast, which talked about Canadian television each week. But then they went and hung it up, riding off into the television sunset. As sad as it was to see them go, we understood pulling the plug on a blog to shift gears.

Good for everyone though (including me needing a blog topic) TV, eh? is rising like a glorious Phoenix. The ashes of TV Guide Canada would be involved in said rising.

Yes, TV, eh?’s return comes on the heels of TV Guide Canada shutting things down. Running online many years after the paper channel guide disappeared from coffee tables across the country, the television giant called it quits earlier this summer. One of the reasons TV, eh? founder Diane Wild felt good about leaving her site last Christmas was the TV Guide Canada could continue to highlight original Canadian programs and produce features and interviews on shows and the people making them here in Canada. But we know how tough traditional media is finding this whole Internet world. Continue reading

Quit while you’re ahead

Some of you guys may have gotten an email from me, earlier this week, explaining that I have chosen to abandon the #yegfilm app I was building:

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It’s just one of a slate of projects I’m putting on ice, in anticipation of a day when I am better suited technically/financially/emotionally to complete them.

It’s obviously not particularly fun to admit you promised something you couldn’t deliver, but it’s also okay to opt-out of a project when you realize it doesn’t fit your time/skills/resources/schedule. Believe me when I say that your creative resources are finite, but replenishable – you need to protect them, you need to rebuild them, and most of all, you need to enjoy them – and getting pinned under something you can’t or don’t want to finish is the quickest way to drain them.

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