Momentum Media Marketing, Inc has entered into an agreement to manage the marketing and affiliate sales for Pat Bohn-owned SparkNetworks – Canada’s independent provider of programming content, tools and services for the broadcast industry. The deal is effective September 1. Hillary Hommy will continue to manage special initiatives for SparkNetworks, as VP Strategic Projects. Shawn Smith, President and Founder of Momentum, said managing SparkNetworks will give current and prospective clients more industry services, programming options and client support. Momentum is the owner and publisher of Broadcast Dialogue. Click here for the full release.
The industry’s biggest players are embracing OTT. Time Warner reached a deal to take a 10 per cent stake in Hulu, joining existing owners Disney, 21st Century Fox, and Comcast. The deal gives Time Warner’s Turner cable networks a spot in Hulu’s live-streaming TV service set to launch in 2017. Disney has announced a $1 billion investment in Major League Baseball’s BAMTech and plans for an ESPN-branded sports-subscription service. The ESPN over-the-top bundle will exclude programming carried on its TV networks.
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A new CRTC study says Canada ranks within the top three countries when it comes to wireless prices, although cellular plans are cheaper in Canada than in the U.S. and Japan. The annual report compared the prices of internet, wireless and home phone services in eight countries in total. Canada was the second most expensive place to get high speed internet, behind the U.S. Read the details here.
The Canadian Association of Journalists is calling for immediate government action to support public-interest reporting in the wake of 45 newsroom staff layoffs at the Toronto Star last week. The association said the Star is home to one of the few investigative journalism teams in the country and although a panel of MPs is currently studying the state of the Canadian media it’s time for government to move from study to action.