It’s not TV, it’s HBO

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HBO’s slogan is going to take on a new level in the new year. The cable channel synonymous with ushering in a golden age of television programming is cutting the cord.

In 2015, HBO will allow non-cable subscribers to pay for and watch its programming in a new online streaming service (or through other online services and options). While there’s no Canadian mention as of yet, it will likely follow quickly as this will surely find success with people already watching most of their programming online and through services like Netflix and Hulu. (There are said to be ways to circumvent said international restrictions, but we wouldn’t know anything about that.)

This is great news for people who have cut their cable, or are considering it, as HBO is one of those channels that could really keep you hooked on monthly cable bills (or keep you downloading, as Game of Thrones is the biggest show on the torrents). It’s also big news as Canada’s television regulator and our TV networks try to figure out what comes next. If HBO is any indication, bet on the future going online, and stop trying to find ways to keep people buying cable packages they don’t really want anymore. And it’s the best news for people who are just looking to watch what they want when they want, and not always resort to downloading the best shows on TV.

 

The American Fall TV Season

Image via: Advanced-Television.com

Image via: Advanced-Television.com

With the recent Let’s Talk TV hearings, about the future of Canadian television and content (and Netflix and Internet and…), wrapping up in Ottawa, it’s a good time to look at what’s new in the Canadian fall TV season. It’s probably also a good reason because fall remains the big time for television programming.

This is only the original drama and comedy that’s been announced for primetime television hours, and doesn’t include the many local news or daytime lifestyle programs that may be on the schedule.

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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.Β It’s the perfect plan.

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Finding New Ways To Produce And Distribute

Every system has two sets of rules: The rules as they are intended or commonly perceived, and the actual rules (“reality”). In most complex systems, the gap between these two sets of rules is huge. – Paul Buchheit, Applied Philosophy, a.k.a. “Hacking”

The middle-ground of Canadian film and television (and web video), and just about any industry or system, is a fascinating area where innovation lies in wait. While we aren’t going to proclaim ourselves the ones about to change everything that you know, we are interested in exploring what lies in and outside of the rules of producing in Canada.

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