Rogers Opens Shomi to All, Increasing Competition With Netflix

Two of Canada’s biggest cable companies are opening up their online TV streaming service to all Canadians, stepping up competition with Netflix Inc.

Shomi, an online TV and movie subscription service owned by Toronto-based Rogers Communications Inc. and Calgary-based Shaw Communications Inc. was previously available only to the companies’ Internet or cable subscribers.

Rogers, Shaw and BCE Inc. are competing with Los Gatos, California-based Netflix for customers who are increasingly ending their cable subscriptions and switching to online TV. BCE’s Crave TV is still available only to Canadians with a cable subscription.

Mark Langton, a spokesman for BCE, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Non-Rogers and Shaw customers will be available to access Shomi in the summer, according to a statement. Shomi costs C$8.99 ($7.20) a month, the same as Netflix.

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