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Canadian cable companies Rogers and Shaw are preparing to open up its own streaming video equivalent to Netflix later this year. Shomi is a subscription video-on-demand service which will provide movies and TV show streams, which the two companies plan to launch in the first week of November for an estimated $9 per month, the same cost as its competition.
After its ups and downs, the Moxi DVR hardware is slowly being phased out at retail, maker Arris announced. The hardware cannot be purchased anymore, and program guide data and technical support for the DVRs will go dead at the end of the day on December 31, 2013. Arris will focus on its partnerships with cable providers, such as with Shaw Cable in Canada.
Rogers responded to increasing criticism of its cap policies by increasing caps on its Internet plans. Those with a DOCSIS 3 cable modem will see their caps go back up for all but the simplest Express tier. Extreme users will go from 80GB to 100GB, Extreme Plus from 125GB to 150GB, and Ultimate from 175GB to 250GB.
Canadian cable provider Shaw raised the ire of its Internet subscribers with plans for an in-house online video service. The $12 standard or $17 HD monthly Movie Club will let users watch both on TV and on computers but, notably, exempts the service's data from its bandwidth caps. The policy effectively serves as a handicap against iTunes, Netflix, and others by subjecting their use to overage fees that Shaw's own service won't face.
Canadian cable provider Shaw hit back at mounting complaints of restrictive bandwidth caps by unveiling a new set of Internet plans with much looser caps and increased speeds. Starting June 7, capped plans will start with at least 400GB of data per month at 50Mbps down, 3Mbps up at $59 per month for those with a Legacy TV package, moving up to 100Mbps down, 5Mbps up and 750GB of data for $79 per month. A second phase in August will add a 250Mbps download, 15Mbps upload plan with a 1TB cap for $99.
Moxi DVRs are now available yet again, but have unusually been confined to Canada. Shaw Cable is offering the device, now known as the Shaw Gateway, while the Moxi Mate is now called the Portal. The device has six tuners and a built-in 500GB hard drive.
Multiple cities have already queued up to volunteer for Google Fiber. Palo Alto, Seattle and a coalition of 16 towns in Utah have or will soon have responded to Google's request for information as the first step to getting the service. The municipalities in most cases have argued that they already have the infrastructure to make the 1Gbps Internet access easy to deploy, such as Utah's UTOPIA fiber project.
Canadian cable provider Shaw is set to introduce gigabit Internet to its customers on a trial basis, the ISP said. This will be the first Canadian implementation of the high-speed technology, which promises to bring data transfer speeds that are 10 times faster than Shaw's current 100Mbps High-Speed Nitro Internet service offered only in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. The 1,000Mbps service will be delivered to homes over a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) connection.
Canadian cable, telephone, Internet and wireless provider Rogers has proposed a Hulu-like web video system on Tuesday at a Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) hearing as an alternative to government-imposed levies on Internet Service Providers to support online Canadian content. Rogers, along with another Canadian ISP, Shaw, expressed strong disapproval to the CRTC's levies. Under Rogers' plan, users wouldn’t need to have service from the company in order to access broadband video content.
The Canadian auction for the 2GHz wireless spectrum has ended and confirmed the creation of a new carrier for the country, Industry Canada announced on Monday. The end of bidding will see Globalive, which operates Yak Mobile in Canada but is primarily supported by foreign investments, pay $442 million for a license that gives it licenses to cover all of the country's provinces with services except for Quebec, where it lost out to competing firms such as cable and media powerhouse Quebecor.