Report says Crave and Shomi have one-seventh the Canadian subscribers Netflix does

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  • Maestro Karajan

    This is total bunk. Shomi and CraveTV have both been aggressively pushing their product out there for nearly a year. Awareness isn’t really the issue as much as the fact that Netflix offers a much superior catalogue of films and shows for much the same price as either of these. Let’s call a spade a spade…

    • Mike

      I find crave has more tv shows then Netflix.

    • Eluder

      Because that’s all they have, TV shows; no movies, so it’s great for that purpose, but compared to Hulu, it’s a crap service.

    • Hulu is the future. If they ever expand into Canada, Netflix will be going the way of the dodo bird and Blockbuster.

      The Canadian media heads should join forces and form a Canadian Hulu equal. There would be no need for anything else and it would be a deal even if it wasn’t bundled.

    • K_p0w3r

      Shomi and Crave could be Canadian Hulu if they just pulled their heads out of their asses and actually offer recent episodes. combined they own prety much all the content thats on Hulu anyways.

    • hardy83

      Rogers, Shaw and Bell are doing the bare minimum to keep up with digital trends for TV. They still don’t want to make it enticing enough to lose even more cable subscribers.

      Joining for one service, having recent episodes. Two very good reasons not to drop 100+ a month for their crappy cable services.

    • Jesus McDongswoggle

      they’re too big and old school to keep up, period.

    • Exactly. Together, there would be no competition. They would have a new source of revenue and still make money on the die hard cable customers that don’t care to cut the cord and go digital.

    • Maestro Karajan

      Crave is crap really

    • BB71

      I couldn’t agree more. I think that people are sick of the Rogers and Bell and just prefer a straight forward company like Netflix rather than give their hard earned money to these two giants who are already sucking their customers dry.

    • Jesus McDongswoggle

      You need internet for netflix so youre probably giving them money anyway, even indirectly.

  • {JPM}

    Does that include how many people get shomi/crave thrown in free with their cable packages?

    • Eluder

      I’m sure it does; I’d never in hell pay for shomi, it’s such a terrible service, but it’s included with my internet, so I have it, never really use it though. Netflix and Hulu are way better and I use those almost daily.

  • Ricky Bobby

    Bell is sitting on a gold mine with HBO and game of thrones, and I’m amazed how badly they’re screwing it up

  • Matt

    Too bad more people don’t give Shomi a try, It’s way better than Netflix. It’s like search engines. Bing is way better than Google but people have been brainwashed into thinking Google is better .

    • disqus_WT

      I get pixelization when I use rogers on demand but only when I use ROD. Can’t see shomi being much better

    • Maestro Karajan

      Better? Get real lol

    • It’s Me

      Shomi is better? Are you drunk?

  • I would consider them but they are not available for Roku.

    • Eluder

      That’s another big problem, the big 3 are lazy and have some of the worst developers working for them. Roku is a fantastic product and far better than Apple TV (I’ve got an Apple TV4 and Roku 4). The integrated search is fantastic, and the apps look and work better on Roku if you ask me.

    • Robert Connell

      Me too!

  • jay

    They just increase the price to 10$ and is time to cancel Netflix. Nothing what I like to watch.

  • Robert Connell

    I am interested in crave TV but they only offer the service on computer or mobile devices. They need to make a Roku, PlayStation and Xbox apps. That way I could watch it on my TV.

    • Jonathon

      They’re both available for Chromecast and I believe one or both is on Apple TV. I’ve used Shomi on Chromecast, but like anything I use my Chromecast for, I’d prefer to use Roku.

  • Fodder0f4

    Shomi and Crave are garbage.

    Another great example of how far behind the curve Canadian companies are.

    • Jesus McDongswoggle

      Another great example of how far behind the curve Canada is – fixed that for you

    • Fodder0f4

      Ouch. 🙂

  • Pip Boy

    Netflix is a superior product in terms of content, but also in terms platform support. Every device can run Netflix. If you want to watch Shomi/Crave on your TV you are limited to a set of external devices (no Roku, no native apps on Samsung/Sony or other TVs). And, at least for Shomi, I think that the user interface is weak and focuses on “the stuff we have that Netflix doesn’t”.

    I have Shomi for free as a part of my internet package, but that’s not a product I’d pay for.

  • I can stream Netflix on my Wii and Blu Ray player but not Shomi or Crave. So the decision was made for me.

  • Jesus McDongswoggle

    Shomi and Crave are just “me too” offerings by our friends at Bell/Rogers because it’s better than doing nothing against your competition. no real difference except worse content than Netflix.

    I think these cable companies should try to understand why people are looking elsewhere instead of legislating us to use their services and sulking when we don’t.

    It’s not terribly difficult to get whatever content you want, whenever you want and the people turning to these methods is only increasing – adapt or die… or own the content, sports teams, radio, internet, means to get the content, etc. that works too i suppose /s

  • Ian

    I don’t have Netflix and with access to Shaw Free Range and titles available for free from $0, I had no need for Shomi.

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