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Shomi to discontinue service in November

Video streaming service Shomi will cease operations on Nov. 30. The service launched as a joint venture between Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications in 2014. It offered access to a collection of television series and movies that could be accessed through television set-top boxes, computers, tablets, smartphones, video game consoles and other devices. At first, Shomi was available only to subscribers of these company's cable television services, but last year it was expanded to operate on a direct-to-consumer basis with a stand-alone monthly subscription fee.

"We're really grateful to Canadians who enthusiastically invited us into their living rooms and took us with them on their phones, tablets and laptops," said David Asch, senior vice-president and general manager of Shomi. "The business climate and online video marketplace have changed markedly in the last few years. Combined with the fact that the business is more challenging to operate than we expected, we've decided to wind down our operations. We're proud of the great service we created and the role we played in the evolution of Canada's video landscape."

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