(Via CNW) CraveTV, Bell Media’s premium TV streaming service, will be available online without a cable subscription on the first of next year.
“As our business model has continued to evolve, the time is right to also offer CraveTV as a standalone product,” says Mary Ann Turcke, President of Bell Media, in a media release yesterday.
The service’s content includes:
- the entire off-air library of HBO’s iconic programming catalogue, including THE SOPRANOS, THE WIRE, and SEX AND THE CITY, as well as the HBO Films catalogue and HBO stand-up comedy specials;
- hundreds of hours of acclaimed SHOWTIME series and specials, such as THE AFFAIR, RAY DONOVAN, PENNY DREADFUL, HOMELAND, UNITED STATES OF TARA, WEEDS, and NURSE JACKIE;
- every single episode of MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS;
- Original Series like the upcoming comedy LETTERKENNY (we brought you the story of this new Sudbury sitcom here).
There’s much more, of course. This announcement comes about six weeks after the news that shomi would no longer require Internet viewers to sign up for a cable account, and seems to be in response to Canadian’s unwillingness to pay for services they don’t want in order to get the ones they do.