Canada Media Fund (CMF) has announced it’s winding down Encore+ and Encore Plus, its respective English and French YouTube channels featuring vintage Canadian series like Degrassi High, Ready or Not, Danger Bay, Mr. Dressup, Street Legal and Da Vinci’s Inquest, in addition to numerous short and feature films, documentaries and mini-series. CMF launched the channels in 2017 to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary, restoring and digitizing hundreds of hours of content buried in analog catalogues in partnership with Deluxe Canada which covered 40% of digitization costs. The new, high-quality digital masters were made available to the rights holders and released to the public on Encore+ in English and French. In total, more than 3,000 pieces of content were digitized and restored under the program, which also generated some new global sales. Read more here.
Vevo has partnered with free global streaming platform, Plex, to launch several streaming channels featuring 24/7 music video programming. The partnership brings Vevo content to the Plex platform, which boasts millions of users across the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, and Mexico. Plex can be accessed across smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, streaming devices, game consoles, personal computers and web browsers, in addition to network-attached storage (NAS) solutions, antennas and tuners.