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Turner to Delay Launch of FilmStruck. Why That’s a Good Idea

Turner was about to launch their first SVOD service tomorrow, called FilmStruck, but decided to push that till November.  They cited the need to refine the registration process.

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This delay is actually a good thing for the service.  Here’s why

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Who’s Really To Blame For The NFL Ratings Deflation?

The ratings for the NFL, through the first four weeks, are down 11% across all networks. This has created such a panic that the league issued a memo (see bottom of page) to all the teams in response to media inquiries about the decline in ratings.  They are essentially pinning all blame on the presidential election, while patting themselves on the back for how great there are.  That’s like watching a Kitchen Nightmares episode, when Gordon Ramsey spits out a still frozen piece of lasagna in front of a shocked restaurant owner – who thought his food was fantastic.  The NFL needs that same dose of reality.

Here are 5 reasons the NFL is to blame for this seasons’ decline in ratings:

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Shomi the Door. 5 Reasons the Canadian SVOD Service Will Close After 2 Years

Back in August 2014, two of the biggest cable companies in Canada, Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications, launched an SVOD service called Shomi. It was to compete with the SVOD behemoth Netflix.

Well, apparently they lost.  Come November 30th they are shutting down their service. Rogers will take a C$100 million to C$140 million loss ($75 million to $105 million), while Shaw had already written down the service for C$51 million.

That leaves Netflix and BCE Inc’s Crave TV as the last standing large SVOD providers.

What went wrong?  Here are my 5 best guess reasons:

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