New season numbers getting harder to count

You’ve undoubtedly seen all those ads on bus shelters, billboards and even on television. Instead of declaring when Big Bang or Schitt’s Creek or the new CBC series Coroner will be air, they simply say when each series will start “streaming.” Here’s why: a report last April suggested that streaming will surpass broadcast viewing in Canada by 2020. Yes, next… Read on



Q&A: Sherman-Paladino on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

I recently spoke with the hatted one, Amy Sherman-Paladino, as well as her production partner and husband, Daniel Paladino, about their new Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The first season will be released and ready for streaming on Wednesday, November 29. The Paladino’s penchant for making everyone sound like a smartypants wore me out after a… Read on


Ennis Esmer steals a second season of Red Oaks

Here’s a series where a Canadian is stealing every scene. Trouble is, Canadians can’t see it — yet. It’s called Red Oaks. Season two premieres Friday on Amazon Prime Video — which is why most Canadians have never heard of it. The streaming video service, similar to Netflix, is only currently available in the US, UK,… Read on


Shomi new originals? Look no further than Amazon

A day after the announcement of shomi’s demise, the service put out a release saying it recently topped 900,000 subscribers. SVP David Asch was quoted as saying that this “would likely make shomi a Top 10 service in North America.” Hey, I was one of them and if you were into Transparent, Mozart in the… Read on



Shomi the door. Enter Amazon Canada

Rogers finally pulled the plug on their doomed digital streaming service shomi. You can read their “We surrender!” release here. The service is set to end Nov. 30. Rogers, which joined with Shaw on the venture just a couple of years ago, expects to incur a loss of $100M to $140M in its third quarter. Shomi how to… Read on


MIPCOM scoop: Transparent, Jane the Virgin coming to Canada

CANNES, France–Back in June, after the U.S. and Canadian upfronts, I wrote about the “Best New Shows Canadian’s Can’t Watch.” Here’s the good news: the top two on that list are about to leap across the border. Transparent, a dark, adult, highly original comedy from digital platform Amazon Prime (which is not available in Canada),… Read on


Bold, original and moving: Transparent is the best new show not seen in Canada

Today. Friday, September 26, you can watch all 10 episodes of the best new show of the season: Transparent. Unless you live in Canada. The series has dropped all at once, Netflix style, on Amazon’s Prime Instant Video. The streaming service is so far only available in the U.S., The U.K. and Germany. Here’s the best… Read on