Terms of the Canadian online streaming deal with Sony Pictures Television were not disclosed. Netflix earlier acquired the exclusive streaming rights to The Blacklist for $2 million an episode. The Blacklist airs here on Global Television, a division of Shaw Media, which runs Shomi as part of a joint venture with Rogers Media.
Shomi, which is to launch some time this month, also Thursday unveiled a separate Canadian licensing deal with BBC Worldwide North America to secure the streaming rights to Jane Campion‘s investigative drama Top of the Lake and the comedy The Wrong Mans.
The nonexclusive content deal includes the Canadian streaming rights for the Irish sitcom Moone Boy, starring Chris O’Dowd, and the spy thriller The Honorable Woman, headlined by Maggie Gyllenhaal.
The deal with BBC Worldwide North America leaves out Orphan Black, which debuted and airs in Canada on Bell Media’s Space and will land on the rival SVOD code-named Project Latte, also owned by Bell Media.
BBC Worldwide North America supplies the popular clone drama, starring Tatiana Maslany, to Amazon Prime via a separate U.S. licensing deal.
Canadian digital players pursuing hit shows like The Blacklist and Orphan Black underlines increasing competition for streaming rights from content owners as Netflix Canada faces stepped-up competition in the SVOD space from new entrants Shomi and Project Latte.
Oct. 31, 3:20 p.m. Updated to remove incorrect information about Netflix streaming The Blacklist internationally.