Monty Python Collection to Stream on Canada's Project Latte

Ludwig Shammasian

The British sketch comedy TV series — dead parrots and all — is headed to Canadian SVOD

Bell Media is betting on surreal lunacy to compete against Netflix Canada after securing the exclusive Canadian streaming rights to the Monty Python collection for its upstart SVOD.

Terms of the deal with Eagle Rock Entertainment were not disclosed. But the Canadian broadcaster's upcoming video portal, code-named Project Latte, will feature the classic 1970s Monty Python Flying Circus TV series and the recent concert film Monty Python Live (Mostly) — One Down Five to Go along with another 25 hours of content.

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Bell Media is promising other curated collections, with Project Latte already backed by a catalog licensing deal with HBO for marquee shows such as The Sopranos, Sex and the City and Six Feet Under. The Monty Python collection, featuring founding comedy troupe members Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, includes documentaries and TV specials like Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus for German TV and the 1982 Monty Python: Live at the Hollywood Bowl concert film.

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Canadian rivals Rogers Media and Shaw Media last week launched Shomi, another domestic SVOD service with its own super content deals with major Hollywood studios like Warner Bros., Starz Digital Media and 20th Century Fox. Project Latte will be exclusively for TV, including programming from Bell Media's pay TV network The Movie Network.

There's no word on pricing for Project Latte, which will be delivered via TV set-top box, apps, online and other digital platforms.