shomi shines a little brighter with STARZ; subscription video on demand content deal with Starz Digital Media announced today

TORONTO, Oct. 3, 2014 — (PRNewswire) —

shomi to become the exclusive Canadian subscription video on demand (SVOD) home to many select STARZ Original series

All past seasons of hit series Da Vinci's Demons, Black Sails, The White Queen, and Magic City, and more available to stream exclusively for shomi members

TORONTO, Oct. 3, 2014 /CNW/ - Oozing with a passion for entertainment, shomi continues to deliver on its promise to bring the best in popcorn and magic to subscribers with another exciting and exclusive multi-year content deal for Canadians.  Announcing today an awesome deal with Starz Digital Media, the global digital and on-demand licensing and content syndication arm of Starz, shomi is primed to give viewers a glimpse into everything from the chaotic world of Florence in Da Vinci's Demons to the intrigue-filled parlours of England's nobility in The White Queen.

Starting this November, shomi will be the only place where Canadians can see a growing lineup of many A-list STARZ programs post-broadcast through an SVOD service, including all prior seasons of each series.   

The deal provides shomi users with exclusive second-window access to select STARZ Original series that are sure to feed every entertainment lovers binge-watching needs, including:

  • Power, the gritty New York-based crime drama from Executive Producer Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson
  • Upcoming new scripted comedy series, Survivor's Remorse, from Executive Producers Tom Werner, Maverick Carter, LeBron James, Mike O'Malley, Paul Wachter and Victor Levin
  • Black Sails, the epic Pirate drama
  • Hit series Da Vinci's Demons from David S. Goyer
  • Emmy® and Golden Globe® award-nominated limited series, The White Queen, from best-selling author Philippa Gregory
  • Stylish Magic City

In addition, kicking off the launch of shomi will be other hot STARZ Original series including the global smash Spartacus and the hilarious comedy, Party Down.  

Other content included as part of the robust programming agreement includes the Emmy® Award-winning, kid-friendly animated series Dan Vs from Starz's animation company, Film Roman.

"We're pleased to be able to announce our significant new content partnership with shomi," said Mara Winokur, SVP, Digital at Starz. "shomi has created a supreme subscription on demand service for consumers and we're thrilled that we will be able to bring the exclusive streaming rights to many of our STARZ Originals  and provide access to a deep library of lots of other animated and other licensed STARZ content."  

The Starz content announcement is the second in as many weeks for shomi, as the new streaming service looks to keep Canadians on the edge of their seats in the run up to launch. Over the coming weeks, shomi will be revealing even more information about the titles it will bring to viewers.

"Our partnership with Starz brings a phenomenal mix of immersive dramas and loveable comedies to our members," said Marni Shulman, Head of Content and Programming, shomi. "Every program in this deal offers premium content for our viewers that will keep them coming back for more."   

shomi will be available starting this November to Rogers and Shaw customers at a suggested retail price of $8.99 per month. With an all-star lineup of exclusive past-seasons of many of the hottest movies and shows on television, Canadians will be able to enjoy shomi online and on select tablets, mobile devices, Xbox 360, and set top boxes.

shomi will launch in beta first to Rogers and Shaw Internet or TV customers. Enhanced features include trailers and factoids for movie titles to help customers make their selections, while a revolutionary user interface delivers a unique theatrical experience. With the ability to add up to six profiles per account, shomi offers a great solution for the connected home, as customers can watch on two devices and their set top boxes at the same time.

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About Starz Digital Media 
Starz Digital Media is a leading distributor of digital and on-demand content.  Starz Digital Media distributes original programming content (Starz and AMC), feature films (The Weinstein Company, Anchor Bay Films, Starz Digital Media), anime (Manga Entertainment) and other filmed entertainment utilizing various business models including download-to-own/electronic sell-through, video-on-demand, pay-per-view, subscription video-on-demand and ad-supported streaming.  Starz Digital Media also programs and supports numerous ad-supported broadband channels and develops games, applications and other related content from many of its properties for distribution worldwide. Starz Digital Media is a Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) business,  www.starz.com.

About shomi
shomi is the only subscription video-on-demand service created for entertainment lovers by entertainment lovers, and makes getting video content nearly as enjoyable as watching it.  Curated by people who love popcorn and magic, shomi is a video entertainment concierge that offers recommendations from real people because no computer will ever "get" movies and TV like a human does.  Now shomi something good to watch.  shomi is a joint venture owned equally by Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications.  For more information, visit  www.shomi.com.

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