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NETFLIX AND CABLER TEAM UP IN CANADA

October 20, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

In a first-of-a-kind deal, Netflix is teaming up with a cable operator to produce an original TV series. In this case, the cable operator is Rogers Communications, which controls more than half of Canada’s pay-TV market. The two companies said today that they will jointly produce Between, a serialized drama about a town that has been quarantined due to a mysterious illness. Initially the series will be available exclusively on Rogers’s shomi streaming service and its City TV channel. Netflix will stream it to its subscribers elsewhere in the world, including the U.S. Rogers launched shomi, its own streaming service, which competes directly with Netflix, in August. Today’s announcement came as Netflix faces increased scrutiny from Canadian regulators who have demanded that the company disclose how much of the content that it provides to its customers in Canada is actually produced in Canada. The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission also asked Netflix to disclose how many Canadian customers it has signed up and how much it has earned from them. Netflix has thus far refused to disclose the information, calling it "competitively sensitive."