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Bell Media Acquires HBO's Iconic Programming Library
Exclusive deal brings more than 800 hours of past HBO programming to Bell Media
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TORONTO, Sept. 4, 2014 /CNW/ -Bell Media announced today an unprecedented agreement with HBO for the exclusive Canadian multi-platform rights to HBO's complete off-air catalogue of seminal television programming. The agreement complements the announcement earlier today that HBO Canada has secured the entire past-season library of every HBO series currently on air.
Separate and distinct from the HBO Canada deal, Bell Media has exclusively acquired, for future exploitation, the national multi-platform rights, including SVOD, for the entire off-air library of HBO's iconic programming catalogue. The acquisition represents more than 850 hours of past scripted programming alone, as well as hundreds of hours of HBO movies, documentaries, and stand-up and music specials.
This additional programming is on top of the nearly 700 hours of HBO Canada content announced earlier, which will see every episode of every season of all current HBO programming available on linear and non-linear platforms for the first time this fall.
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With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada's #1 television network; 35 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada's most-watched specialty channels in English and French; four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super cran; and is managing shareholder of premium pay-per-view service Viewers Choice Canada. Bell Media is also Canada's largest radio broadcaster, with 106 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across Canada. Bell Media owns Astral Out-of-Home, one of Canada's most dynamic and innovative out-of-home advertising companies with a network of more than 9,500 advertising faces in Qubec, Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites, delivers TV Everywhere with its innovative GO video streaming services, including CTV GO, TMN GO and Bravo GO, and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.
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