Shomi has inked deals with Warner Bros. International Distribution for both new and library series, as well as feature films.
Starting this November, shomi, a subscription video-on-demand service competing against Netflix, becomes the exclusive streaming home to television shows including 2 Broke Girls, Two and a Half Men, Shameless, and Falling Skies, as well as the exclusive Canadian premiere home of a new Rob Thomas series called iZombie.
Other TV titles landed as a result of the deal include One Tree Hill, The West Wing, and Scooby-Doo. Film titles include Blade Runner, Two Weeks Notice, and Ocean’s Eleven.
Shomi will be available in November to Rogers and Shaw Internet or TV customers for $8.99 per month.
Shomi, launched by Rogers and Shaw, will launch with 14,000 episodes, 11,000 hours of television, 1,200 movie titles, and 340 television series. 30% of all content on shomi will be Canadian, the companies say.
Netflix is the leading application in Canada, and on select networks, can account for up to 40% of downstream traffic in the peak evening hours, according to Sandvine. Three years ago, Netflix accounted for just 13.5% of evening traffic in Canada. No other paid over-the-top video service accounts for more than 1% of traffic in the evening.